Rich with tradition and culture, Japan is also home to many one-of-a-kind vacation destinations. Among the most famous are the lively Okinawan islands at the southernmost tip of Japan, bordering the Sea of Philippines and the East China Sea. If you’re dreaming of a beach vacation with a difference, the islands of Zamami, Miyakojima amd Kourijima are an ideal answer.
Zamami is located in the Shimajiri district about 40km west of Naha, the capital of Okinawa. With a total area of about 16.74km2, Zamami is a village comprising more than 20 lovely little islands with a subtropical climate, and temperatures that remain above 20°C all year round. The clean and relatively shallow waters surrounding the Zamami islands are some of the clearest in the world, with a visibility range of more than 30 metres all summer long. This makes it a paradise for snorkeling and diving, teeming with colourful coral and sea life. Zamami is accessible by 2 ferry services from Port Tomari, Naha. The high-speed Queen Zamami passenger ferry makes 2 round trips a day, whereas the standard and larger Zamami ferry, which carries vehicles as well as passengers, makes only 1 round trip a day.
Zamami is part of the Kerama Shoto National Park and is designated as a “Wetland of International Importance” under the Ramsar Convention. It is home to 3 endangered sea turtle species: the Green, Hawksbill and Loggerhead turtles.