Welcome to the world of Kerama blue – Kerama Island are a group of islands located 32 kilometres (20 mi) southwest of Okinawa Island in Japan. Historically, the Kerama Island group was a part of the Ryukyu Kingdom. For some 600 years, the islanders were employed as skillful navigators for the Kingdom’s trading vessels between Okinawa and China.
Kerama Islands are a popular side trip due to their pristine, white sand beaches and clear blue waters that are ideal for sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, and diving. From January to March, the islands are a popular destination for whale watching.
It is considered to be one of the most fascinating dive sites in Okinawa, many a diver from around the world to keep coming back to see its extraordinarily beautiful waters and incredible underwater sights. There are numerous places of accommodation and dive shops where English is spoken. A day tour is available for those whose time is limited. The Kerama Islands are truly great place to refresh the mind and body by getting away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
The Kerama Islands include some 20 small and large islands, all of which are surrounded by coral reefs and unbelievably transparent seas and most of them are uninhabited. Only five of the islands are inhabited and only three of them are considered to be the most popular destinations on the island namely : Tokashiki, Zamami, and Aka, while others are deserted
Below is a small introduction to how these islands differ from each other.
- Tokashiki Island
A 35-minute ferry ride from Tomari Port in Naha, this strip-shaped island is located in the east of the Keramas and is home to some 740 villagers. Tokashiki is the largest island in the Keramas, the island is well known for diving, snorkeling, and other marine sports. Once you arrive, you will be captivated by the island’s hilly landscape, its crystal-clear waters, and its fully developed coral reefs
- Zamami Island
Zamami Island is located 40 kilometers from Naha and is the second biggest island in the Keramas after Tokashiki. The majority of visitors to this island are divers. In late winter and early spring, whale watching tours are also available. Renting a car or bike for getting around the island is recommended. There are also hills, forests, and observation decks, so visitors can enjoy a wide range of recreational activities.
Various types of accommodation can be found on the island, including campgrounds for those who prefer outdoor living. Famous for its beautiful turquoise waters, sandy beaches, and great diving, Zamami is a must-see for all island-hoppers.
- Aka Island
Aka is the westernmost island of the Keramas, accessed by a ferry that runs four times a day from Zamami Island. Visitors can enjoy both islands and can stay on either island. Nishihama Beach and Aka Beach are known for their beautiful, transparent waters and precious corals.
There are other islands nearby called Geruma and Fukaji. They are linked together by a small bridge that is also connected to Aka Island. Visitors can thus visit all three islands by vehicle.
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