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“Excellent Dive Shop in Ishigaki Town”

Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour
Ranked #1 of 95 Tours in Ishigaki
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Prime Scuba Ishigaki is a dive center in Ishigaki Island, Okinawa, Japan. Located some 2,000km southwest from Tokyo and only 250km from Taiwan, the island enjoys tropical weather and culture that you will not find in the mainland Japan. Ishigaki is blessed with wonderful nature and sapphire blue ocean, with lots of beautiful and colorful marine animals. It has been ranked as the #1 dive destination among divers in japan.With our 60ft diving cruiser Blue Swan, we cover wide areas of Ishigaki and surrounding islands of Yaeyama, including Taketomi, Kuroshima, Iriomote, etc. We serve wide range of customers from Japan as well as overseas, beginner to experienced, juniors to seniors. Our mission is to help our guests have vacation dive experiences that will stay in their memory for good. Come join us, and explore the best hidden secrets of Japan!
Reviewed November 29, 2013

An excellent dive shop in Ishigaki town, a short walk from downtown. I stayed in town and they would pick me up at the hotel in the morning and take me and the other guests to the dock, just a 5 minute drive. Very comfortable boat for diving. Good food offered between dives. I could not do the manta dives because of rough seas due to a typhoon in the area, but they managed to dive in sheltered areas. Pleasant, easy dives with good and capable dive masters. Very friendly staff, including the owner who speaks perfect English, although he is not in Ishigaki all the time. Even if you do not speak Japanese (I don’t), the staff speak basic English and they are all very helpful.

1  Thank mauro c
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Reviewed November 23, 2013

Surprising it was not crowded at all, compared with the size and quality of the boat - maybe because they just opened this year. The boat was definitely one of the best on the water around the area. With that size they can definitely cover most of the islands around Ishigaki.

Although summer of 2013 was probably not great for manta diving, the captain and the staff clearly did their best to give us great experience, and finally we got to see lots of mantas! But Kuroshima diving was also great - great visibility and gorgeous reef and landscape!

Hot lunch on the boat was great! Definitely better than bento boxes that I had elsewhere.

I would definitely go back there!

2  Thank Ichiro5
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

A great day diving. New, fast boat excellently set up for diving. Professional friendly staff, competitive prices and good hire gear. The highlight was going to Manta Scramble and getting very close to some amazingly huge mantas. The rest of the diving off Ishigaki was ok but not great. Not the fault of the dive shop, just the diving there. However seeing the mantas was definitely the highlight and made the trip well worthwhile. You need to be a reasonably competent and experienced diver at Manta Scramble as the current can be quite strong and it's important to be able to say out of the manta's way. The other dives were suitable for beginners.

2  Thank Melissa1c
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

This is a great new scuba service on Ishigaki-jima. The dive master is Nakaji from the recently closed Seaman's Resort. The boat is based in Ishigaki city which is convenient. They have some deals with local hotels so it is worth asking them for these rates to save money. The owner is totally bilingual and he is often in Ishigaki. He is also an expert underwater photographer and was able to give us some good tips. The divemaster has been in Ishigaki for many years and was very responsive to our requests. Divemaster is not bilingual but he understands enough English. Some diver operators in Ishigaki just want to take you to see the manta rays all the time which is easy for them but gets boring if you have already been there a few times. Boat seems really new and they will also make an effort if you have any special requests for lunch due to allergies, etc. I'm excited to go back again!

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