Diving on Oki Islands
Diving on the Oki islands can be great but it's not the main attraction here. You won't find many dive operators based here. The nice thing about this is that when you do go diving, there won't be any crowds. The diving is a bit different than your typical tropical site and you'll see plenty of fish on large beds of seagrass. It is unspoiled, pristine even, and has more than 20 sites to keep you busy!
There are more than 180 islands belonging to the Oki Island group but only 4 are permanently inhabited. These Islands are:
These Islands belong to the Shimano prefecture and the total population is around 1800.
How to get there?
All four Oki Islands can be accessed by sea. The ferries going to the Oki Islands depart from Shichirui Port (Shimane Prefecture) and Sakaiminato Port (Tottori Prefecture). You can access both ports by public buses departing from Matsue Station or Yonago Station. Sakaiminato Port can be also accessed via JR train.
You don't have to book in advance if you are using public transport. If you are by car you do.
There is also an inter-island ferry departing multiple times per day so island hopping is a possibility!
Note: Bring cash if you are visiting Chibu Island, there is NO ATM!