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Want to see under the water in Okinawa but without SCUBA diving? Well Busena Terrace Beach Resort Underwater Observatory located in the Busena Terrace Beach Resort Marine Park is the place to be for that.
After walking down the long wooden pier and descending a spiral staircase over 40 feet under the ocean the 360 degrees view can’t be beat. The numerous windows in the under water structure allow visitors to see the tropical sea life swimming around in their natural habitat. On the walls between the windows are posters with the names and pictures of all the fish, allowing guest to make a list of which ones they spot.
In the Busena Terrace Beach Resort Underwater observatory there is not much live coral to be seen but for a better glimpse of live Okinawa coral just head right next door to the other pier for glass-bottom boat rides. The boat rides go a little further out into the ocean and give a better chance to see the expansive coral reefs along with heaps more fish.
On your way to or from the Busena Terrace Beach Resort Underwater observatory you can stop on the pier and feed the always hungry reef fish from the food dispensers located on the pier. If just seeing the fish was not enough for you the other activities in the the Busena Terrace Beach Resort Marine Park should satisfy any adventure seekers
Throughout the year, the Busena Terrace Beach Resort Marine Park offers many water and beach activities such as windsurfing lessons, ocean canoeing, jet skiing, and even "undersea-walking," which involves visitors putting on a dome breathing apparatus and walk along trails with handrails on the ocean floor. More information about all these activities and prices can be obtained at the help desk at the entrance to the beach.
Directions: Head north on Highway 58, to the edge of Onna, just south of Nago and look for Busena Resort sign on the left side of the road. Parking is free, the observatory fee is
From Naha Airport: Approx: 90 min. by car (via highway)
From Okinawa Expressway Kyoda I.C: Approx: 20 min. by car (via highway)
From nearest bus stop: Busena Resort-mae: Approx: 5 min on foot
(Stop for line : 20, 120)
Parking: Available (Free)
Number of Parking Space: 200
Observatory admission: Adult 1,000 yen, H.S. students 800 yen, Children 400 yen
Glass boat admission: Adult 1,000 yen, H.S. students 1,200 yen, Children 700 yen
Open hours: April- October 9:00-18:00, November-March 8:45-17:30
Closing day: Open all year
Address: 1744-1 Busena, Nago City, Okinawa 905-0026