FAQ

Is it possible to dive at Mikomoto Island with less than 30 certified dives?
No, it is not. Because of the sea conditions and the style of diving, it is not possible to dive at Mikomoto Island without at least 30 certified dives. No exceptions.
I would like to come to Mikomoto Hammers a day before I dive, what time can I check into the accommodation?
We have a 24 hour check-in, if you come by car. If you arrive by train, we can pick you up starting from 4:00 p.m. until the last train at Izukyu Shimoda Station and you can check-in at that time.
When is the best season to see hammerhead sharks?
The best time to see hammerhead sharks is from July to October. However, it is possible to see them at other times throughout the year. But these sightings vary depending on the year.
What is the water temperature?
Between July and September, water temperature ranges between 20 to 25 degrees. From April to June and from October to December, water temperature ranges between 16 and 20 degrees.
Is there always a strong current around Mikomoto Island?
No, there isn`t. However, is it highly likely there will be a strong current.
How long does it take to get to Mikomoto Island by boat?
It takes about 15 minutes.
What is your diving style?
Basically, it will be drift diving.
How long is each diving time?
The maximum diving time is 35 minutes which includes a safe stop.
Do sharks ever attack a diver?
No, they never attack divers at Mikomoto Island. Many people have a fear of sharks because of the false images of them in movies and on television. However, sharks are shy around humans so they don`t attack.
I am worried about seasickness. Have other divers gotten seasick?
If you are worried about seasickness, please do not drink alcohol the day before you dive. It's also a good idea to get a good night sleep and take some medicine in the morning.
Do you have medicine for seasickness?
Yes. We have medicine for seasickness. It`s free of charge. Please let us know if you need any.
Is it possible to rent diving equipment?
Yes. Equipment rental is available. If you want to rent any equipment, please tell us when you make a reservation.
What months are Mikomoto Hammers open?
The shop is opened from April to December.
Is there a parking lot?
Yes. There are twenty spaces free of charge. If our parking lot is full, we can arrange parking near by the shop, free of charge.
Is there a cancellation fee?
A cancellation fee will be charged if you cancel your reservation two days before your booking. However, if we cannot dive due to bad sea conditions, no charge will be incurred.
1. On the day of the booking, the cancellation fee will be 100% of the cost.
2. On the day before the dive, the cancellation fee will be \10 000.
3. Two days before the dive, the cancellation fee will be \5000.
If the sea conditions are poor and we cannot make the dive at Mikomoto Island, is it possible to dive at another site?
Yes, it is possible to dive at another site if you make a request to do so. However, where we choose to dive will depend on the sea conditions on that day. So, for example, if the west wind is too strong, we will dive on the east side of the peninsula.
Is it possible to dive by myself without a guide?
No. Diving by yourself without a guide is not possible around Mikomoto Island.
Is it possible to dive when I`m menstruating?
Menstruating does not affect diving, however, if you are not feeling well, we do not recommend it.
Is it possible to dive if it rains?
Although it will not be canceled if it rains, there could be times when the dive is canceled due to other weather conditions.
Are there any age restrictions?
No, there are not.
Is there a shower and toilet on the boat?
There is not a shower on the boat, but there is a toilet onboard.
How many people are in each diving group?
At our shop, there are up to six people in each diving group.
If I come to Shimoda by train, will someone from Mikomoto Hammers pick me up from the station?
Yes. If you come to Izukyu Shimoda Station on the 8:48 a.m. train on the day of your dive, we offer a free pick-up service from Izukyu Shimoda Station to our shop. We also offer a free pick up service starting from 4:00 p.m. until the last train if your diving the next day.
Can I dive on the day that I arrive?
Yes. If you arrive at our shop, by car before 8:15 a.m., or if you arrive at Izukyu Shimoda Station on the 8:48 a.m. train, it is possible to dive that day.
Is it possible to dive at Mikomoto Island if I haven`t been diving for 2 years?
If you haven`t been diving for over 2 years, please dive at another diving site first. Then after that dive, we would love for you to join us diving at Mikomoto Island.
Is it possible to go sightseeing after the dive?
Yes, it is. Shimoda and Minamiizu have some very famous tourist attractions. For details about where to go and what to see, please ask our staff.
Is there a student discount?
Yes there is. If you show us your student ID card, you will be given a discount.
Are meals provided?
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are 600 yen(without tax) per meal. Please inform us when you make your reservation about what meals you will need.
Is it possible to use a line during the descent?
There is not a line for diving at Mikomoto, only drift diving is possible.
When arriving by train, what is the latest time that you can pick me up at the station?
The last train arriving at Izukyu Shimoda Station is at 23:37 p.m. It is not a problem to pick you up at this time. We cannot pick you up between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Are there any hot springs near the shop?
Yes, there are. If you are interested in going to a hot spring, we can recommend some. Please ask our staff for details.

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