© iStock/makafushigi Diving in Shikoku Scuba diving in the Shikoku region is possible year-round, with most dive sites less than a 15-minute boat ride away. Shallow sites can also be accessed from shore in some areas and are great for beginners. Shikoku attracts divers from Kanto, the Kansai and Kyushu areas, and around the world. This island is a nature lovers paradise and a great place to get away from the crowds. In between dives you can explore the natural whirlpools in Naruto, narrow mountain roads, endless waterfalls, and breathtaking scenery. Thanks to the Kuroshio Current, ocean temperatures stay warm even through the winter months. With many small islands dotting the coastline and varied terrain, there is no shortage of places to dive. The underwater topography is full of exciting pinnacles, drop-offs, and arches. These sub-tropical waters are a great place to see large areas of table coral swarming with colorful tropical fish. Due to the nutrient-rich current, divers in Shikoku can see a mix of more than 1,000 tropical and temperate species. The diversity of marine life found here makes diving in Shikoku popular amongst biologists and photographers. Locals have even nicknamed this area the sacred place of Japanese macro creatures. Dive Sites in Shikoku Discover the wonders of the deep with SSI's blog Join us on an exciting journey of discovery and learn more about exhilarating diving adventures, dedicated conservation initiatives, and innovative educational opportunities that will help you illuminate the extraordinary beauty of the underwater world. Let's explore the underwater world together and delve into the hidden wonders beneath the gentle waves.