Top Beaches in Okinawa
Okinawa and the surrounding islands are home to some of the region’s most beautiful beaches and spectacular islands. Whether it’s a day away from the city or a week spent island hopping through the Yaeyama archipelago, visitors to this aquatic destination will find plenty to love under the tropical sun.
Located in the JAL Private Resort, the white sands of Okuma offer travelers a vast stretch of perfect beach. Although popular among visitors, the spread-out feel of this luxury destination means travelers will never feel like they’re trapped in a crowd.
This long stretch of sandy shore is located on the island of Kohama. Travelers love that its crystal clear waters are protected by jellyfish nets. The quiet beach can become a bit of a scene during high season, but there are usually enough comfortable beach chairs and shady umbrellas to meet the demands of beach combing crowds.
Tucked into central Okinawa Honto, this 220-yard-long (200-meter-long) stretch of white sand and quiet waters is ideal for visitors looking to swim, lounge, or play a match of beach volleyball.
This popular destination may not have the perfect sandy shores of some of Okinawa’s other beautiful beaches, but its clear waters, diverse wildlife, and natural beauty make it the top spot for snorkelers and divers. Those with a more adventurous spirit can even swim to the nearby cave known for its marine life.
Stationed on the west coast of Taketomi Island, this beautiful beach offers travelers unlimited access to vast turquoise waters and perfect white sandy shores. Locals agree that some of the best snorkeling in the region can be found here, but visitors should know that it comes at a price. Access to snorkels, masks, and beach amenities costs about 1500 yen per day.
The tiny island of Hatoma is barely a kilometer wide and home to just 50 residents. But with three full-service hotels, long stretches of white sandy beach, crystal blue waters and classic tropical island views, Hatoma is a gem of a destination for travelers looking to escape. Towering palm trees and shallow clear waters, as well as a picturesque lighthouse make this the perfect tropical escape for travelers looking to get away.