Minna Island Beach (Minnajima)

  • Minna Island Beach - Japan
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  • Minna Island Beach - Japan
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Situated just 15 minutes boat ride from Okinawa’s main island is the tiny coral fringed island of Minna. Sometimes referred to as the “Croissant Island” owing to its distinctive crescent shape, Minna is known for its beautiful white sand beach and the exceptionally clear blue water. Combined with a backdrop of greenery and you could be mistaken for thinking you were in the Caribbean.

With such an abundance of coral and the clarity of the water Minnajima is unsurprisingly popular as a snorkeling and diving destination. There is no shortage of marine life to see from tropical fish to sea turtles. The offshore reefs also provide shelter from the ocean swells meaning the water off the beach is calm and safe for swimming.

There is very little in way of facilities on Minna so it is worth packing food and drink before you board the ferry over. During the summer months there is a concession stand on the beach and you will find a couple of vending machines around the island.

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