Sunayama is situated in the north of Miyako-jima Island which is part of Japan’s tropical Okinawa Prefecture. This pleasant little white sand beach is immediately identifiable by the rock arch at the southern end of the beach. The arch was formed by the exposed coral reef being eroded by the sea over the centuries.
Besides the arch, Sunayama beach’s main feature is its powdery white sand, and the sheer quantity of it. The name means “sand mountain beach” and there is little in the way of exaggeration - to get down to the shoreline you must firs ascend the mountainous sand dune that sits behind the beach. Once on the beach Sunayama is a great place to unwind and is generally fairly quiet.
The water is here invitingly warm and the beautiful turquoise colour found throughout Okinawa. The Miyako islands are regarded as one of the best diving destinations in the world with 100s of species of coral along with sea turtles, whale sharks, manta rays and various tropical fish to be found in the crystal clear water. Whilst snorkelling is a highlight of a visit to Sunayama care must be taken; the waves can be powerful here and with this comes strong undercurrents.
A less energetic and more romantic option is to take in the amazing sunsets that can be seen here.
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Sunayama Beach Weather Info
Current weather (Wed Feb 26th 15:00)
22°C / 72°F
Week weather forecast
Wed 26th21°C / 70°F
Thu 27th20°C / 68°F
Fri 28th20°C / 68°F
Sat 29th21°C / 70°F
Sun 01st22°C / 72°F
Mon 02nd21°C / 70°F
5 Day Sunayama Beach UV Index
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Average Water Temp
Sunayama Beach tide times & sea state
Thu 27/02 »
Surf report for Thu 27/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 6:00 6ft 10s 21mph 12:00 6ft 10s 18mph 18:00 7ft 7s 22mph Tide times Low 3:20am (0.20m) High 9:34am (1.49m) Low 3:32pm (0.35m) High 9:35pm (1.49m) Daylight First light 06:41 Sunrise 07:04 Sunset 18:38 Dark 19:01
Fri 28/02 »
Surf report for Fri 28/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 6:00 6ft 7s 16mph 12:00 6ft 7s 14mph 18:00 5ft 8s 11mph Tide times Low 3:44am (0.29m) High 9:58am (1.46m) Low 4:05pm (0.35m) High 10:07pm (1.39m) Daylight First light 06:41 Sunrise 07:03 Sunset 18:39 Dark 19:02
Sat 29/02 »
Surf report for Sat 29/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 6:00 4ft 8s 10mph 12:00 4ft 8s 8mph 18:00 4ft 8s 8mph Tide times Low 4:08am (0.41m) High 10:22am (1.43m) Low 4:40pm (0.38m) High 10:44pm (1.28m) Daylight First light 06:40 Sunrise 07:03 Sunset 18:40 Dark 19:02
Sun 01/03 »
Surf report for Sun 01/03 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 6:00 4ft 8s 13mph 12:00 4ft 10s 14mph 18:00 4ft 9s 14mph Tide times Low 4:33am (0.53m) High 10:49am (1.38m) Low 5:23pm (0.43m) High 11:31pm (1.16m) Daylight First light 06:39 Sunrise 07:02 Sunset 18:40 Dark 19:03
Mon 02/03 »
Surf report for Mon 02/03 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 6:00 4ft 9s 11mph 12:00 5ft 7s 18mph 18:00 6ft 6s 22mph Tide times Low 5:00am (0.67m) High 11:22am (1.32m) Low 6:23pm (0.48m) Daylight First light 06:38 Sunrise 07:01 Sunset 18:41 Dark 19:03
Tue 03/03 »
Surf report for Tue 03/03 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 6:00 6ft 7s 19mph 12:00 6ft 7s 19mph 18:00 5ft 7s 17mph Tide times High 12:47am (1.05m) Low 5:39am (0.81m) High 12:14pm (1.27m) Low 7:57pm (0.48m) Daylight First light 06:37 Sunrise 07:00 Sunset 18:41 Dark 19:04