After Izu I headed with a friend to Hachijo-jima, an island nearly 300 kilometres south of Tokyo. The diving was outstanding and thanks to Tanaka-san and Ogino-san of Concolor Diving I saw everything I had on my wish list. Very top of the list was the undescribed Japanese pygmy seahorse, of which I ended up seeing thirteen!
We experienced some unseasonably cold water, at around 19˚C, which made some of the dives a little chilly! By the end of the week though the water was a little warmer and I’m informed a few days after it was back to the expected 28˚C, after the Kuroshio current shifted back to its rightful place.
All in all, my first experience of Japanese diving was exceptional, and I'm keen to get back there and explore a little more of what the country has to offer.