Located 32 Km Southwest of Naha City on the Main Okinawa Island (Okinawa Honto) the Kerama Islands are made up of 22 separate Subtropical Islands. Out of the 22 Islands only 4 are inhabited Aka, Geruma, Tokashiki and Zamami but even these have very small populations.
In recent years the Kerama Islands have been gaining more attention from Japanese and other tourists as more people discover the natural beauty of the crystal clear water, white sandy beaches, and unspoiled lush green forests.
Adventure seekers journey to the Kerama Islands in large part for snorkeling and SCUBA diving. The islands boast having some of the most transparent clear water in the world. Under the sea there is a wide variety of colorful tropical reef fish easily seen. The winter month bring humpbacked whales off the coast and whale watching tours are easy to find and book
Other than Scuba Diving and snorkeling the Kerama Islands offer many other activities like wind surfing, swimming, hiking, sea kayaking or just relaxing on some of the most beautiful beaches in Japan and Asia.
Transportation to / from the Kerama Islands
The Kerama Islands are easily accessible by air, regular flights from Naha Airport to Kerama Airport on Fukaji Island take only 15 min.
Reasonably priced ferries and high-speed boats to Tokashiki, Zamami and Aka islands leave from Naha City's Tomari Port regularly. Going by boat takes about 70 minutes to Tokashiki Island, 90 minutes to Zamami Island with a 10-15 minute stop at neighboring Aka Island. High-speed boats are even more convenient, shortening the travel time to Tokashiki to 35 minutes, and 55 minutes to Zamami Island via Aka Island.
The Kerama Islands don't have a regular bus system or taxis this means that renting a car, motorbike, scooter, or bicycle is necessary. Some inns, hotels, and dive shops offer shuttle bus or other types of transport to and from beaches and ports.
Traveling around Geruma and Aka islands is pretty easy as these islands are linked together by bridges. From there, visitors can take boats to neighboring Zamami and Tokashiki islands.