Okinawa, Japan Oct. 01 Sun 5:32PM
Marine Sports and Unspoiled Nature
The Kerama Islands are a group of about 20 Islands, many of which are uninhabited. It takes around 35 minutes to reach the main island, Tokashiki-jimi, from Naha, the main city in Okinawa. These islands are great for day trips, and with crystal clear, emerald green waters that are transparent at 50 to 60 meters deep, they make for some of the best diving in the world. Because they are a world, but just a short boat ride away from the city, they are also popular for visitors looking to get off the beaten path.
Tokashiki-jima, the largest of the Kerama Islands, only has a circumference of about 10 square miles. Tropical vegitation covers the island, which is also surrounded by hills. Long, sandy beaches spotted with dried coral surround the island. Diving and fishing are some of the most popular activities on the islands, as is humpback whale watching in winter and early spring.
Reef in Zamami-jima
Zamami-jima has beautiful coral reefs, and is great for diving. There are also cottages and camp grounds on the island which make it great for outdoor lovers. Whale watching is also plentiful on this island during the winter and spring.
Crystal Clear Water in Zamami-jima
Aka-jima and Geruma-jima are inhabited by Kerama deer, which live in the pristine, primeval forests of the island. It's a perfect getaway for those who want to enjoy nature.
Kume-jima, an island west of Naha, is green and lush. Snorkeling and diving, as well as the white sand beaches of Kume-jima are popular with visitors.