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Busena Marine Park

Take a trip to this offshore aquarium and discover the tropical fish, bright coral and azure waters of Okinawa. 

Ride in a glass-bottomed boat to spot colorful clownfish and yellow-brown wrasse at Busena Marine Park, the only underwater observatory on Okinawa.  

Located at the end of a pier 560 feet (170 meters) away from the Busena coastline, this stunning observatory is one of the best places in Okinawa to truly immerse yourself in the island’s fascinating marine life.

While you wait on the pier for departure, purchase fish food from one of the dispensers. Toss it into the water and watch as the surface bubbles with the fish coming to eat. You’ll recognize the boat as it approaches, as it is painted to look like a smiling whale.

Climb aboard for a 20-minute tour of Nago Bay. Look down into the clear water below and see schools of blue damselfish, Moorish idols and angelfish, as well as popular clownfish. Look between the pastel fingers of coral and you might spot lobsters or octopus. The staff onboard are extremely friendly and knowledgeable, though their English is often limited.

The highlight of the marine park is the underwater observatory at the far end of the long pier. This large, cylindrical building goes down to 16 feet (5 meters) below sea level. Gaze out of the 24 round windows to enjoy 360-degree views of the local marine life. Watch as tropical and sub-tropical fish swim right up to the glass in front of your eyes.

Busena Marine Park is located in the middle of Nago Bay. Drive about 20 minutes south of Nago City or about 1.5 hour north of the capital, Naha. There is an admission fee for all ages that includes the cost of the glass-bottomed boat tour and a visit to the observatory.


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Halekulani Okinawa ¥67,800
Halekulani Okinawa

Halekulani Okinawa

1967-1 Nakama, Onna, Okinawa Prefecture
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Onna hotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of Busena Marine Park and Kariyushi Beach. Busena Beach and Kibogaoka Entrance Mae Beach are also within 5 minutes.

    The Busena Terrace ¥51,872
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    The Busena Terrace

    1808 Kise, Nago, Okinawa-ken
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nestled on the beach, this Nago resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Busena Marine Park and Mission Beach. Nago City Hall and Manza Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      The Terrace Club At Busena ¥74,910
      The Terrace Club At Busena

      The Terrace Club At Busena

      1750 Kise, Nago, Okinawa-ken
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Nestled on the beach, this Nago resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bankoku Shinryokan and Kariyushi Beach. Busena Beach and Kise Beach are also within 10 minutes.

        The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa ¥49,000
        The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa

        The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa

        1343 - 1 Kise, Nago, Okinawa-ken
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Nago hotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Kariyushi Beach and Busena Marine Park. Mission Beach and Cape Manza are also within 9 mi (15 km).

          Okinawa Marriott Resort & Spa ¥24,746
          Okinawa Marriott Resort & Spa

          Okinawa Marriott Resort & Spa

          1490-1 Kise, Nago, Okinawa-ken
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Nago hotel is located near the beach, within 3 mi (5 km) of Busena Marine Park and Mission Beach. Nago City Hall and Cape Manza are also within 9 mi (15 km).

            Okinawa Spa Resort Exes ¥24,959
            Okinawa Spa Resort Exes

            Okinawa Spa Resort Exes

            2592-40 Yashibaru Nakama Onna Kunigami, Onna, Okinawa-ken
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the beach, this luxury resort is within a 5-minute walk of Busena Marine Park and Kariyushi Beach. Busena Beach and Kibogaoka Entrance Mae Beach are also within 5 minutes.

              Best Western Okinawa Kouki Beach ¥10,636
              Best Western Okinawa Kouki Beach

              Best Western Okinawa Kouki Beach

              117 Kouki, Nago, Okinawa
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Nestled on the beach, this Nago hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Kise Beach and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Kariyushi Beach. Busena Beach and Busena Marine Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Okinawa Kariyushi LCH.Resort on The Beach ¥8,200
                Okinawa Kariyushi LCH.Resort on The Beach

                Okinawa Kariyushi LCH.Resort on The Beach

                1996 Kise, Nago, Okinawa
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated on the beach, this hotel is steps from Busena Marine Park and Kariyushi Beach. Bankoku Shinryokan and Busena Beach are also within 5 minutes.