Approximately 50 minutes by high speed boat from Tomari Port in Naha on the main island of Okinawa, Aka Island is one of the Kerama Islands, which have been designated as a national park. The sea, known as Kerama Blue, whether looking out upon it, or diving in, is a sight to behold and leaves a lasting impression on all visitors. Not only known for marine leisure activities, you can also enjoy a stroll through the village and walk to the observation deck. Attracting a wide range of visitors, and many divers and snorkelers, whether traveling with family or alone, you can enjoy the island and build lasting memories. The island has a circumference of approximately 12 kilometers, so rental bicycles are convenient for frequenting the beaches and various shops. As they are connected to Aka Island by bridge, it is recommended to also explore Geruma Island and Fukaji Island.
When approaching Aka Island by boat, you can’t help but notice a large bridge. This is Aka Bridge, which connects Aka Island to Geruma Island. When gazing upon the vast ocean from above the bridge, you can enjoy the beautiful ocean color known as Kerama Blue. It is a location where you can grasp the stunningly high transparency of the Aka Island sea. If you take your time and examine the sea below, you might witness a sea turtles swimming. Be sure to visit Aka Island, it is a spot that you cannot afford to miss. When viewing the sea from above compared to close up, the perception of the landscape changes drastically.
Along the northern coast of Aka Island, approximately 10 minutes by bicycle from the harbor, lies Nishibama Beach, a natural beach that extends for approximately 1 kilometer. As a snorkeling spot, here you can view colorful coral and tropical fish, it is a popular beach with complete shower and toilet facilities. With the uninhabited Agenashiku, Gahi, and Amuro Islands spreading before you make a picturesque landscape. Be sure not to miss the great view from the Nishibama Observation Deck near the beach!
The endless clear blue water, studded with more than thirty large and small islands, create the scenic view of the archipelago. Here coral reefs spread underwater and boast unrivalled beauty rarely seen anywhere. At “Sango Yuntaku Kan Visitor Center” in Akajima Island, you can learn about the ecology of corals and their charms.
By air : Naha Airport to Kerama Airport (Around 20 minutes) by charter plane
By sea : Tomari Port – Zamami Port (Around 50 minutes by high-speed boat, around 90 minutes by ferry)
Area / Population: 3.82km² / Around 270 people