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Dive Review of Bommie Dive center in
Japan/Chiba Prefecture

 
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Bommie Dive center: "Shark Scramble Dives and Healthy Reefs", Oct, 2017,

by ROBERT PECORARO, HI, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 10003.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We went to this area of Japan to dive with Bommie Dive Center and their famous Shark Scramble. This is a shark feed dive which attracts literally hundreds of Banded Houndsharks, along with the a myriad of other sea creatures, such as Red Stingrays, Asian Sheepshead and large groupers. The owner of the Dive Center forged a deal with local fisherman, who used to catch lots of these sharks as by catch in their fishing nets. This was costly to the fisherman and deadly to the sharks. Kan, the owner, started to feed the sharks in a sandy area away from the fisherman's nets. It took him years to get the usually shy sharks to come to his feeds. Once the sharks got used to Kan and the feedings, he began to take guests and built a successful business. The fisherman are happy because the sharks no longer get caught in their nets, and the feeds attract hundreds of sharks for the divers to enjoy, while keeping them safe from the nets. A win win for all. Additionally, the reefs surrounding the sandy feed area are quite healthy and loaded with life. We found Pinecone Fish, nudibranchs, lion fish, eels and an assortment of other tropicals and subtropical fish. The dive center is set up for the comfort of the divers. There are changing rooms and warm showers available, as well as rental equipment. It is definitely something to check out if you are looking for something different and exciting.
Websites Bommie Dive center   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Continental US, Hawaii, caribbean, Indo Pacific, Africa, Asia, South pacific, Antarctica
Closest Airport Tokyo Haneda/Narita Getting There Easy flight to Tokyo and about a 3 hour drive to location

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 75-77°F / 24-25°C Wetsuit Thickness 8
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions There are time limits involved. The dive is around 60 + feet for around 30 minutes. Some of the dives were a bit longer. Due to the possibility of strong currents, all divers ascend at the same time.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments There are no rinse buckets on the boat, but it is only a five to ten minute ride to the site. There are plenty of rinse buckets at the shop and some tables to work on your cameras.
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