FAQs

Everything you want to know about diving with Prime Scuba Ishigaki

  • I am interested in snorkeling. Can I join just for the snorkeling program?

    We are sorry but our snorkeling program is only for accompanying members of our scuba diving guests, and we do not accept snorkeling only reservations.

  • I have never done diving nor snorkeling. Can I join Discover Scuba Diving program?

    Yes. There is no prior experience necessary for our Discover Scuba Diving program.

  • Do I need to be able to swim for Discover Scuba Diving program?

    Although you do not have to be a good swimmer, it is recommended that you at least have experience of swimming. Not being a good swimmer and being afraid of water is a totally different thing. We can help you if you are not a good swimmer but eager to try. If you are afraid of water, however, you should not push yourself.

  • I will be arriving Ishigaki in the morning. Can I dive the same day?

    Morning pick-up at the airport is available only on days with light bookings. Our services are full day dive cruise, and we normally leave Ishigaki port around 8:30am.

  • Do you have morning or afternoon programs?

    We do not have half day programs. Our services are full day dive cruise, leaving Ishigaki port around 8:30am and coming back around 15:30.

  • What is the number of guests per dive group?

    Number of guest under an instructor differes by program. For our Discover Scuba Diving program, we have maximum of two guests per instructor. For fun diving program, our usual group size is four guests per instructor.

  • I want to have a private dive instructor.

    Private dive guide will be one of our charter service. Please ask for availability.

  • I will be arriving Ishigaki in the morning. Can I dive the same day?

    Morning pick-up at the airport is available only on days with light bookings. Our services are full day dive cruise, and we normally leave Ishigaki port around 8:30am.

  • Do you have morning or afternoon programs?

    We do not have half day programs. Our services are full day dive cruise, leaving Ishigaki port around 8:30am and coming back around 15:30.

  • What is the number of guests per dive group?

    Number of guest under an instructor differes by program. For our Discover Scuba Diving program, we have maximum of two guests per instructor. For fun diving program, our usual group size is four guests per instructor.

  • I want to have a private dive instructor.

    Private dive guide will be one of our charter service. Please ask for availability.

  • Which dive sites do you usually dive each day, and how are they decided?

    We cover wide area of Yaeyama islands, including Ishigaki, Taketomi, Kohama, Kayama, Iriomote, Kuroshima, Panari, and sometimes Hateruma island. Dive sites each day are decided based on the sea condition, our guests’ skill level as well as their requests. We try our best to bring you to different dive sites for each dives.

  • Is Yonaguni hammerhead or underwater ruins in your coverage area?

    Unfortunately not. Yonaguni is approximately 100km west from Ishigaki, or 30min by flight. You need to stay in Yonaguni if you would like to dive there. The best season for Yonaguni would be December thru March. If you need any advise, please contact us.

  • Can I do e-Learning after I finish OWD program at Prime Scuba Ishigaki?

    No. You need to complete your e-Learning before you start our OWD program. PADI e-Learning consists of knowledge development sessions critical in safe diving, and you need to learn them before you start your course with us.

  • I want to have a private dive instructor.

    Private dive guide will be one of our charter service. Please ask for availability.

  • Can I dive at the manta point during my PADI courses?

    We do not usually use manta points for our PADI courses. Priority of our course programs is to teach you the required skills, and we will be selecting appropriate dive sites for each skill depending on the course.

  • What are the specialty dives Prime Scuba Ishigaki has for Advanced Open Water Diver (AOW) course?

    We have the following dives available for AOW course. (Deep diving and Underwater Navigation are mandatory dives for AOW course).
    ・Deep Diver
    ・Underwater Navigator
    ・Peak Performance Buoyancy
    ・Search and Recovery
    ・Enriched Air Diver
    ・Boat Diver
    ・Underwater Photography
    ・AWARE Fish Identification

  • When is the best time to dive at the manta point?

    Although there always are some places where we could see mantas throughout the year, the best season would be April through November. Kabira manta points will not be accessible when the wind is blowing from north. Therefore, the best season will be around April through November, when the wind normally blows from south. During December through March, mantas are seen around Kuroshima area.

  • Can we always see mantas at the manta point?

    Although we will do our best to bring you to the manta point when requested, we cannot guarantee you will see mantas as it is up to mother nature.

    Having said that, encounter rate of mantas at Kabira area is high around 80%, although it changes time to time. In good times there are dozen mantas hovering around the cleaning station everyday for around a month. In bad times you may not see any for a week.

    Mantas are probably there even in bad times, but divers have only around 40-50min time under the water, and meeting a manta in the short period of time could be just a matter of luck, when there are not many around.

  • Can I book a dive at the manta point?

    No, but if you book enough in advance, there is better chance we can accommodate your request.

    Dive sites for each day are descided by our boat captain every morning, taking into account such factors as wind, swells, current, visibility, the guests’ skill level, as well as the guests’ requests, in order to maximize our guests’ satisfaction while assuring safety.

    We will do our best to bring our guests to their desired dive sites, but there is no guarantee that you can always dive at your favorite dive sites, particularly for the last minute reservations.

  • Do you provide transportation from and to the hotel?

    Our transportation will be available if you will be staying in the city area (excluding Fukai, Tozato, Nosoko, Ibaruma and Hirakubo). If you will be staying outside of our coverage area, you will need to arange your transportation to our shop or to the port. Please ask our staffs for more details.

  • I will be staying at Taketomi Island. Can I be picked up/dropped off at Taketomi?

    No. As a rule, we cannot provide transportation services to other islands. If you will be staying at other islands such as Taketomi, you will need to take a ferry in the morning to Ishigaki, and we will pick you up at the ferry terminal.

  • I am going to rent a car. In the morning do I need to go to the shop or to the port?

    If you will be driving, we will arrange a meeting place near the port, and our staff will meet you there.

  • Do you have large size rental equipment?

    We have wetsuits up to 5L (188cm/110kg, or 6″2’/243lb). Our BCDs are adjustable jacket type, and will fit to most large sizes. We have fins up to 31cm/US13/EU52.

  • Do you have masks with optical lenses?

    Although we have some, we usually recommend our guests to bring their own mask if they need optical lenses.