A Croissant-shaped Island Just 15 Minutes from the Main Island of Okinawa
Minna Island, shaped like a croissant, appears as though it is floating offshore to the northwest of the main island of Okinawa. Minna Island can be reached by boat from the Unten Port in Motobu in approximately 15 minutes, and the stunning ocean surrounding the island will take your breath away. The magnificent coral reef surrounding the island, as well as the dazzling whitewashed beach, leave visitors to the island in awe. Minna Island is a popular destination for enjoying premium marine leisure, including swimming, diving, snorkeling, boat-related activities, and attracts more than 60,000 tourists every year.
Highly Transparent Waters and Pure White Sand Beach
The first thing visitors to Minna Island notice is the extremely high transparency of the seawater. The contrast between the dazzling white sand of the beaches and the transparent emerald green waters is breathtaking and is sure to captivate all who set foot on the island. The transparent waters allow a clear view of the bottom of the sea from the surface, so there is no need to dive in to watch fish swimming below. Be sure to indulge in this natural aquarium with a floor of coral sand.
A Sea of Colorful Coral
The sea surrounding Minna Island is where you will discover the picturesque sight of colorful coral painting the bright white canvas of coral sand extending into the water. When you look at Minna Island from above, you can see the countless clusters of coral in shallow waters off the shore protected by the coral reef formed over many years. We encourage you to go diving and snorkelling to enjoy the beautiful sea and coral reef.
While Minna Island is very small, you cannot underestimate its spectacular diving locations. A dynamic underwater world lies beneath the waters surrounding Minna Island, here you will find colonies of coral on a reef shaped like a whale, known as the “Kujira Iwa,” in addition to the magical “Giant Cable,” where you will uncover a massive cable woven with coral reef on the seabed of white sand.
Access to Minna Island
By air : None
By sea : Toguchi Port, Motobu － Minna Port (approx. 15 minutes via high-speed ferry)
Minna Island Basic Information
Area / Population: 0.47km² / approx. 39 people
Motobu Tourism Association *Only in Japanese.