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About Nagasaki

Nagasaki is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu.
Nagasaki borders Saga Prefecture on the east, and surrounded by water. It includes a large number of island groups such as Tsushima and Iki.

Nagasaki was the only port in Japan open to international trade from the 17th to the 19th century. You can still see this past history through the city’s exotic townscape and many former foreign residences.

A local noodle dish called “Nagasaki Champon” invented in Nagasaki was a dish created by the chef of a Chinese restaurant in the Meiji era (Late 18th century) is something you should try during your visit. This dish was prepared for the students. It is different from ramen.

18% of the area are designated as Natural Parks, Quasi-National Parks and Prefectural Natural Parks.

Diving wise, there are many different diving places scattered throughout Nagasaki. You will never have enough time enjoy the whole of the waters in this area.

Local Areas

Nagasaki Area Map

Areas in Nagasaki

Ikinoshima

A 1hour ride on a Speed ferry, Ikinoshima Island is a popular tourist destination for the locals. Noted internationally as the most southern Coral reef colony in the world.
You can enjoy both the macro dive creatures to the large schools of fishes in this ocean.

Diving Site(Ikinoshima)

Tatsunokuchi

Located only 30min away from the center of Nagasaki City, Tatsunokuchi is a popular diving destination in Kyushu area. It is a beach entry point but the depth can be as deep as 30m, giving more variety to what you can see here. You can always dive here as this area is protected from bad weather conditions .

Diving Site (Tatsunokuchi)

Omura Bay

Omura Bay is located in the center of Nagasaki Prefecture with maximum depth of 5m, averaging depth 2m. A shallow bay with many local marine life seen only around Japan. If you are a underwater photographer, you will probably not swim around to capture the beautiful underwater scenes you find here.

Diving Site (Omura Bay)

Kujukushima Island

Underwater treasure box of ocean creatures  "Kujukushima Island"

Kujūku Islands is a group of islands ranging in the west coast of Kitamatsuura Peninsula, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. The name Kujūku-shima translates to "ninety-nine islands", though the total number of the islands is formally considered to be two hundred and eight. The whole area is designated as part of Saikai National Park. Here you can find many aquatic life with every dive.

Diving Site (Kujukushima Island)

What you can see

All year round:
-Variety of nudibranch
-Variety of Shrimps and Crabs
-Variety of seahorses
-Large school of fishes

Open sea points:
-Spotted eagle ray (Aetobatus narinari)
-School of Red seabream(Pagrus major)

Goto Island/ Kami goto

The Gotō Islands, the "five-island archipelago"  in the East China Sea

Located off the western coast of Kyushu.
The Tsushima Current (a branch of the Kuroshio) passes around the islands making this ecology very unique with both tropical and cold area marine life live side by side.
The Kamigoto area offers the underwater acient remains called "Korai Sone".

Diving Site (Goto Island Kami goto)

What you can see

All year round:
-Variety of nudibranch
-Variety of Shrimps and Crabs
-Variety of seahorses
-Large school of fishes

Summer months:
-School of chicken grunt (Parapristipoma trilineatum)
-School of  Slender sweeper (Parapriacanthus ransonneti)
-School of Barface cardinalfish (Apogon semilineatus)

Goto Island/ Shimo goto

The Tsushima Current (a branch of the Kuroshio) passes around the islands making this ecology very unique with both Tropical and cold area marine life live side by side.
The Shimogoto area offers the largest leisure underwater wreck in Japan. the lenghth of he wreck is over 100m.
 

Diving Site (Goto Island Shimo goto)

What you can see

All year round:
-Variety of nudibranch
-Variety of Shrimps and Crabs
-Variety of seahorses
-Large school of fishes

Summer months:
-School of chicken grunt (Parapristipoma trilineatum)
-School of  Slender sweeper (Parapriacanthus ransonneti)
-School of Barface cardinalfish (Apogon semilineatus)