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Island Visit Near Okinawa Main Island

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Island Visit Near Okinawa Main Island

Hello!

My family is staying in Central Okinawa for 6 nights early December and want to take our baby on a ferry ride to a nearby island for a day trip. I am looking for an island that is less than 2 hours ferry ride each way (1 hour by fast ferry), has nice beaches, and easy access around the island by way of rental car or possibly taxi tour.

I looked at Ishigaki but flying will take at least 3 hours each way (transport, checking, flying, pickup bags, etc.), and I already prebooked hotels in Okinawa so I can't change it. Then I looked at Zamami Island in the Keramas which seemed pleasant. Is it worth spending a whole day to visit an island for a little adventure? Can you recommend other nearby islands close to Okinawa main island. We are renting a car while in Okinawa. An alternative is to just drive and spend time on Ikijima island.

Edited: 21 November 2017, 01:50
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1. Re: Island Visit Near Okinawa Main Island

Iejima Island is 1 hour ferry ride from Motobu-cho. Zamami Island is 50 minutes from Naha. Tokashiki Island for 35 minutes. You won't be able to spend much time in Kumejima if you ride a ferry for a day trip.

Following islands can be reached by driving from Okinawa main island.

Senagajima (Tomigusuku) near Naha Airport

Four islands, including Ikeijima and Hamahigajima, in Uruma

Kourijima in Nakijin-son

Sesokojima in Motobu-cho

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Motobu-cho
Kunigami-gun, Japan
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Naha
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
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Kumejima-cho
Shimajiri-gun, Japan
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Okinawa City
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
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Tomigusuku
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
Naha Airport
Naha Airport
Okinawa City, Japan
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Uruma
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
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Nakijin-son
Kunigami-gun, Japan
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2. Re: Island Visit Near Okinawa Main Island

Perhaps you may want to check my TA reviews here for Zamami and Tokashiki island beaches. On the way on ferry, check the dark navy sea color that is famous and many accessories replicate the color called Hotaru(fire fly) Glass. You might see flying fish having a long flight along the ferry, if you are vigilant.

I also liked Mibaru beach which is one hour bus ride from the Naha bus terminal all the way to the beach front. And the beach is long and scenic with many small boulders sticking up in shallow water just off the beach. I am not sure off season but check if they are still operating the glass bottom boat ride that takes you to the coral/fish habitat area.

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3. Re: Island Visit Near Okinawa Main Island

Asahibashi bus terminal in Naha has been under construction, which is scheduled to be finished in spring 2018. Bus departs from normal bus stops.

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