Ishigaki Island comes third among world’s best dive areas

July 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ishigaki Island was judged as the third best place in the world to dive for three consecutive years at the Dive & Travel Awards 2011, hosted by the Marine Art Center that publishes “Marine Diving,” a monthly diving magazine.
Ishigaki Island won the top spot in Japan for the 11th consecutive year.
The Yaeyama Diving Association (headed by Makoto Sonoda), which held a press conference at Ishigaki City Hall on July 14, announced the acceptance of the award.

Visitors to the Marine Diving Fair 2011, held from July 8 to 10 in Tokyo, and readers of “Marine Diving” voted for “Best Diving Area.”
Okinawa’s main island ranked sixth, followed by Miyako Island (seventh), Zamami Island (eighth) and Tokashiki Island (tenth). Five diving areas in Okinawa made it into the voters’ top 10.
Ishigaki Island was highly acclaimed for its beautiful underwater scenery and acceptance of and support for diving companies.
Ishigaki Island won 583 of the valid votes (8041).
The Maldives took the first place, followed by Palau, then Ishigaki and the Philippines.

(English Translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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