The Beach Guide

Akajima Beach (Nishibama)

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.

Nearest city

Tomigusuku

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Akajima Beach Weather Info

Tue 28th
Light rain 18°C / 64°F
Wed 29th
Partly cloudy 17°C / 63°F
Thu 30th
Partly cloudy 15°C / 59°F
Fri 31st
Partly cloudy 14°C / 57°F
Sat 01st
Cloudy 15°C / 59°F
Sun 02nd
Fair 16°C / 61°F

5 Day Akajima Beach UV Index

UV Index scale

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Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Akajima Beach tide times & sea state

  • Tue 28/01 »
    Surf report for Tue 28/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 8ft 9s  °  ° 19mph
    12:00 7ft 9s  °  ° 17mph
    18:00 7ft 9s  °  ° 19mph
    Tide times
    Low 2:25am (-0.10m)
    High 8:54am (1.73m)
    Low 2:32pm (0.56m)
    High 8:24pm (1.88m)
    Daylight
    First light06:52
    Sunrise07:17
    Sunset18:10
    Dark18:34
  • Wed 29/01 »
    Surf report for Wed 29/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 14mph
    12:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 16mph
    18:00 6ft 8s  °  ° 22mph
    Tide times
    Low 3:01am (-0.03m)
    High 9:27am (1.72m)
    Low 3:10pm (0.52m)
    High 9:05pm (1.82m)
    Daylight
    First light06:52
    Sunrise07:16
    Sunset18:10
    Dark18:35
  • Thu 30/01 »
    Surf report for Thu 30/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 8ft 8s  °  ° 25mph
    12:00 8ft 9s  °  ° 24mph
    18:00 9ft 9s  °  ° 26mph
    Tide times
    Low 3:37am (0.07m)
    High 10:01am (1.69m)
    Low 3:51pm (0.51m)
    High 9:47pm (1.73m)
    Daylight
    First light06:52
    Sunrise07:16
    Sunset18:11
    Dark18:35
  • Fri 31/01 »
    Surf report for Fri 31/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 9ft 9s  °  ° 25mph
    12:00 8ft 9s  °  ° 22mph
    18:00 7ft 9s  °  ° 21mph
    Tide times
    Low 4:13am (0.20m)
    High 10:35am (1.65m)
    Low 4:34pm (0.51m)
    High 10:34pm (1.60m)
    Daylight
    First light06:51
    Sunrise07:15
    Sunset18:12
    Dark18:36
  • Sat 01/02 »
    Surf report for Sat 01/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 6ft 9s  °  ° 17mph
    12:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 11mph
    18:00 4ft 9s  °  ° 9mph
    Tide times
    Low 4:52am (0.36m)
    High 11:13am (1.60m)
    Low 5:25pm (0.52m)
    High 11:28pm (1.46m)
    Daylight
    First light06:51
    Sunrise07:15
    Sunset18:13
    Dark18:37
  • Sun 02/02 »
    Surf report for Sun 02/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 8mph
    12:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 7mph
    18:00 2ft 8s  °  ° 7mph
    Tide times
    Low 5:35am (0.53m)
    High 11:57am (1.55m)
    Low 6:28pm (0.53m)
    Daylight
    First light06:50
    Sunrise07:14
    Sunset18:13
    Dark18:37

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