Akajima Beach

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Akajima beach
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Nishibama beach
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Aka village beach
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Akajima, pronounced Akashima, is an island forming part of the Kerama Islands group in Japan's Okinawa Prefecture. Nicknamed "Aka", this is a popular holiday destination from both Okinawa and the mainland. Situated roughly midway between the northern tip of Taiwan and mainland Japan's southern-most point, Aka enjoys a near tropical climate. It has a permanent population of just over 300 residents which it shares with its southern neighbour, Geruma Island.

Access to Aka is by means of frequent ferry crossings between Okinawa Main Island (Tomarin Port) and the Kerama Island Group. This takes either 60 to 90 minutes by ferry depending on whether you catch a fast or slow connection. Once you arrive on the island bicycles are the favoured way of getting around Aka.

The ocean surrounding Akajima feeds off the Kuroshio Current, which means healthy coral reefs and a rich diversity of sea life. Diving is the perhaps the biggest attraction around Aka, as it is in most parts of Okinawa. Coral reefs surround most of the islands, with calm waters and abundant colourful tropical fish. High season is from April to October and the off-season runs from November to March. There is also much interest in the area from late December through to early April, as this is the breeding season for humpback whales.

Of the island's beaches Nishibama beach is possibly the best. A stunning powder-white stretch of soft sand (crushed coral) along a clear turquoise shoreline. It is about a 30-minute bike-ride northeast of the ferry terminal situated at the southern tip of the island of Akajima. Once you reach the beach, you can rent snorkelling equipment for around 1,000 Yen or less than $10 US.

Locals are quick to point out that Nishibama beach forms part of a nature reserve, meaning snorkelling is restricted to designated areas. It is not a good idea to step on coral for several reasons; in fact, the local lifeguards have very loud megaphones to warn offending bathers. Snorkelers can enjoy viewing many fish varieties without having to swim far from the shore.

If you want to have a car-free beach holiday, this destination is the perfect place to arrive by ferry, and go exploring on foot or bicycle. Guesthouses are available on the island.

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Akajima Beach Weather Info

5 Day Akajima Beach UV Index

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Akajima Beach tide times & sea state

Tue 24/09 »

Surf report for Tue 24/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 4ft 9s  °  ° 12mph
12:00 4ft 8s  °  ° 13mph
18:00 4ft 8s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light05:56
Sunrise06:19
Sunset18:27
Dark18:50

Wed 25/09 »

Surf report for Wed 25/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 4ft 7s  °  ° 13mph
18:00 3ft 7s  °  ° 15mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light05:56
Sunrise06:19
Sunset18:26
Dark18:49

Thu 26/09 »

Surf report for Thu 26/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
3:00 3ft 6s  °  ° 12mph
18:00 2ft 8s  °  ° 12mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light05:57
Sunrise06:20
Sunset18:25
Dark18:48

Fri 27/09 »

Surf report for Fri 27/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
3:00 2ft 8s  °  ° 10mph
15:00 2ft 8s  °  ° 9mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light05:57
Sunrise06:20
Sunset18:24
Dark18:46

Sat 28/09 »

Surf report for Sat 28/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
12:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 11mph
21:00 3ft 7s  °  ° 12mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light05:58
Sunrise06:21
Sunset18:22
Dark18:45

Sun 29/09 »

Surf report for Sun 29/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
9:00 2ft 9s  °  ° 7mph
18:00 2ft 9s  °  ° 7mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light05:58
Sunrise06:21
Sunset18:21
Dark18:44

Today's weather

Fair

26 °C
(78 °F)

Moderate breeze, 19.8 km/h from N

Sea temperature

26.4°C / 79.5°F

Rating

Average: 4.5 (2 votes)

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