The Beaches of Okinawa

A trip to Okinawa is a trip to the beach. There are various other activities offered around the islands but with so many pristine beaches, spending you time by the water is the best use of your time. Here are a selection of beaches from Honto to Taketomi Island with varying amenities, free public access, and of course the turquoise waters that make Okinawan beaches so famous.

Mibaru Beach

Mibaru Beach is located in Nanjo, on the southwestern end of Honto. It is a small beach where the highlight is the glass boat tours around the coral reef. For 1,600 yen, the boats will take you on a 20-minute ride to get a look at the starfish and eels that can be found in the area. If the boats are not your thing then go for a snorkel and take a closer look at the sealife. When you get hungry, walk over to Hamabe No Chaya and rejoice with their delicious treats and the seaside views.

Mibaru Beach
Mibaru Beach

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach is one of the livelier beaches in Okinawa and you’ll find it next to the American Village in Chatan. This one is perfect for the beachgoer who loves hanging out on the beach and having seaside town comforts close at hand. Here you can enjoy a bbq, rent paddle boards, shop in between ocean dips at the Depot Island, or simply enjoy the calm water with a drink in hand while watching the sun set over the horizon. If you are looking for a good vibe then this is the beach to be at.

Sunset Beach
Sunset Beach

Imgya Beach

Imgya Beach is situated at the southern end of Miyakojima near the Shigira Beach Resort. This is the “natural swimming pool” of Miyakojima thanks to the inlet formed by rocks and coral reefs. Known also as the Imgya Marine Garden, this spot is awesome for snorkeling through the reefs, especially if doing so with kids. The beach is small yet there are free showers and toilets on site, although not much else beyond that. Besides snorkeling, you can also used the boardwalk to get to the top the observation deck on top of the hill and take in the breathtaking view of the corals reefs and the vast deep blue ocean beyond.

Imgya  Beach
Imgya Beach (Miyakojima)

Sunayama Beach

Also in Miyakojima, Sunayama Beach is famous for its arching rock formation and its magical sunset views. A short walk through a seaside forest path will take you to this small sandy paradise. The sight of the water through the arch makes for a picture-perfect moment and is the main draw to this beach. Beyond this, chilling on the sand with friends and taking a dip in the ocean as the sun starts to set creates a memorable experience on the island.

Sunayama Beach
Sunayama Beach (Miyakojima)

Kondoi Beach

You will need to fly down to Ishigaki then take the quick ferry over to Taketomi Island to enjoy this one, but the sand bar which forms in the middle of the water is worth the effort. The beach can get crowded as with most of the beaches in Okinawa, but not many people seem keen on making the short walk over to the sand bar which makes it a perfect spots for an almost private look at Iriomote Island in the distance. Keep in mind that public transportation is scarce around Taketomi Island so to reach the beach it is best to rent a bicycle in the town.

Kondoi Beach
Kondoi Beach (Taketomi Island)
Facility Name
Mibaru Beach and Hyakuna Beach
Address
Okinawa Pref. Nanjoushi Tamagusuku Hyakuna
Phone
0989481103
Introduction
Mibaru Beach and Hyakuna Beach provide the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery of the southern part of Okinawa Island. Mibaru Beach is a gently shelving beach with small waves; visitors can take a boat ride in a glass-bottomed boat from a dock nearby to view the fish. Many people visit Mibaru Beach to enjoy watersports. The nearby Hykuna Beach, which is sandwiched between rocky promontories, is a sacred place where, according to legend, the creator goddess Amamikiyo came ashore from Kudaka Island; this tranquil beach is still revered by local people today. As there are no marine activity facilities here, Hyakuna is much less crowded than Mibaru Beach, making it a great place to relax.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Sunset Beach
Address
Okinawa Pref. Nakagamigunchatanchou Mihama 2
Hours
[Swimming Hours] [4/14-6/30] 9:00-18:00 [7/1-8/15] 9:00-19:00 [8/16-8/31] 9:00 9:00-17/30] [9/1-9/30] 9:00-18:00 [10/1-10/31] 9:00-17:30 [11/1-11/30] 9:00-17:00
Parking Lot
Available
Introduction
Sunset Beach is a famous beach next to the American Village where beautiful sunsets can be seen. As it starts to get crowded around sunset, getting here a little earlier is recommended.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Imugya Marine Garden
Address
Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi Gusukube Tomori
Introduction
Imugya Marine Garden is a marine park located in a beautiful natural cove in the southern part of Miyako Island. Part of the cove (which is formed by a protruding peninsula) has been transformed into a park, with toilets and showers (which can be used free of charge). The waves inside the cove are relatively gentle, and families with children can be seen happily playing on the rocks. There are scattered reefs on the seabed within the cove, which are a habitat for a wide variety of fish, making this a popular place for snorkeling. There is a hiking path that goes round the cove, and an observation platform on top of a nearby hill, which affords wonderful views of the ocean.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Sunayama Beach
Address
Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi Hirara
Introduction
Sunayama Beach is a beautiful natural beach that lies on the other side of a 10-meter-high white sand dune. There is a magnificent coral arch, created by weathering by the ocean winds over the years, that has been called a “natural work of art.” The waters off the beach are crystal clear, and the beach is very popular with both tourists and locals.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN

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    Sunayama Beach

    Beach
    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi Hirara
  • Mibaru Beach and Hyakuna Beach image

    Mibaru Beach and Hyakuna Beach

    Beach
    Okinawa Pref. Nanjoushi Tamagusuku Hyakuna
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    Imugya Marine Garden

    Park
    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi Gusukube Tomori
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    Sunset Beach

    Other famous place
    Okinawa Pref. Nakagamigunchatanchou Mihama 2
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