The information presented on this webpage offers the military community best safety practices when recreating in and around the waters of Okinawa. Comments, questions or recommendations regarding the content displayed on this webpage should be addressed to the director of safety, Marine Corps Installations Pacific at DSN 315-645-3806.
Okinawa is a semi-tropical island and the largest in the chain of the Ryukyu's (re-u-que's). Surrounded by world class beaches, the island has a moderate climate with an average annual temperature of 73 degrees Fahrenheit. Okinawa thrives from the popular tourism industry and is considered a "hot bed" for a variety of recreational water activities. You can find almost every aquatic sport here from Hari (ha-lee) or dragon boat races, to sports fishing, swimming, scuba diving, kayaking, jet skiing, surfing, and kite boarding.
When entering coastal waters, pay close attention to water conditions as they can change for the worst in a matter of minutes. Additionally, adhere to posted warning signs and inform others of where you are going and your expected time of return. It is also highly encouraged that personnel enter the water in populated areas as it provides more opportunities to obtain immediate assistance in the event of an emergency. Furthermore, water enthusiasts should use extreme caution as rip currents are widely present throughout the coastline due to the unique coral formations. Finally, have a mobile phone handy and preprogram emergency phone numbers, including the Japan Coast Guard emergency number of 118. Stay safe, enjoy your tour and ensure you take time to view the joint services water safety video and read the current edition of III MEF/MCIPAC ORDER 5101.1 Ch 1 located on this webpage prior to heading to the beach!