Visitors to Zamami Island are beginning to increase, not only from within Japan but from abroad as well. It is a part of the Kerama region which is designated as a national park, and boasting some of the clearest waters in the world, known as Kerama Blue, it has become a diving hotspot to the point that it is said that every diver has heard of it. It is famous for the humpback whales that visit every year from January to March during mating season.
Shiro and Marilyn, a Japanese film released in 1988, tells the story of how the male dog Shiro swam three kilometers across a strait between Aka Island and Zamami Island to meet his love, Marilyn. Akajima is home to the Shiro statue, while Zamami is where the Marilyn statue is installed. Still today, they both look out onto the ocean, thinking of each other.
Ferry: Tomari Port – Zamami Port (Around 50 minutes by high speed boat, around 2 hours by ferry)
Zamami Village Boat Division / Queen Zamami
Zamami Village Boat Division / Ferry Zamami
Area – Population 6.66 km² – Around 570 people