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

Weekly Akajima Beach UV Index

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Akajima Beach tide times

Akajima Beach sea state

Thu 24/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 12mph
12:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 12mph
18:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 13mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:53
Sunrise07:18
Sunset18:07
Dark18:31

Fri 25/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 2ft 8s  °  ° 7mph
12:00 2ft 8s  °  ° 3mph
18:00 2ft 8s  °  ° 13mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:53
Sunrise07:18
Sunset18:08
Dark18:32

Sat 26/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 5ft 5s  °  ° 23mph
12:00 7ft 7s  °  ° 26mph
18:00 8ft 8s  °  ° 27mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:53
Sunrise07:17
Sunset18:08
Dark18:33

Sun 27/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 7ft 9s  °  ° 20mph
12:00 6ft 8s  °  ° 16mph
18:00 5ft 8s  °  ° 12mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:53
Sunrise07:17
Sunset18:09
Dark18:33

Mon 28/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 6mph
12:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 5mph
18:00 2ft 8s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:52
Sunrise07:17
Sunset18:10
Dark18:34

Tue 29/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 2ft 11s  °  ° 9mph
12:00 2ft 10s  °  ° 7mph
18:00 2ft 10s  °  ° 9mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:52
Sunrise07:16
Sunset18:11
Dark18:35

Today's weather

Fair

17 °C
(62 °F)

Gentle breeze, 19.1 km/h from N

Sea temperature

23.3°C / 74°F

Rating

Average: 4.5 (2 votes)

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