Okinawa Tourism Information:TrySnorkelingat“FuruzamamiBeach,”TheMostPopularBeachinKeramaIslands!

Try Snorkeling at “Furuzamami Beach,” The Most Popular Beach in Kerama Islands!

post : 2015.07.28 19:00

Kerama Islands are well known as “Kerama Blue.”  The islands were designated as the 31st National Park in Japan in 2013 and recently shows more vibrant atmosphere.  The most important charm is the ocean.  The first-time visitors must be shocked to see the overwhelming “blue,” which can be never found on mainland Okinawa!


By the way, what do you need from numerous beaches in Okinawa other than beauty?  There are many elements you need such as quality of water, safety, facility, every kind of stores, good service, accessibility, less crowded, etc.  Of course many people would like to float on the water and play with fish.  However, actually, unexpectedly a few people

prefer to beach where you can enjoy snorkeling (=a. permitted for snorkeling, b. myriad of corals and fish).  It is because that if you prefer to enjoy swimming mainly at the beach, mostly those beaches are sand beaches and basically different from the beach where fish inhabit in the water.  That is, the number of beaches meets the above conditions a and b are limited. 

“Furuzamami Beach” in Zamami Island is a very popular spot representing Kerama Islands.  Not only because of the sweeping landscape but also the availability of snorkeling on the sand beach are the secret to the popularity.



When you look inside of the sea, as you can see, colorful characteristic tropical fish such as (shown in the below photos, from the top) clown anemone fish, clown triggerfish, black-spotted puffer welcome you! 



The depth of water just near the beach is 3 to 5m, which is a perfect depth for snorkeling.  In addition to that, as fish can be found in rocky places stretching out from the beach even at 1m deep, you feel secured and can enjoy it with children.  Needless to say, but please do not forget to wear a life jacket to protect yourself as well as not to touch corals around your feet. 

During on-season, you can rent a snorkeling set of 3 items and a life jacket.  The service makes you happy since you can come with only a swimming suit.  If you are adventurous, you can try marine activities as well.

As you can see, you can rent parasols and chairs, so you can enjoy relaxing time without going into the water.  Also, a shop and dining area is conveniently located by the beach.  Of course toilets and showers are also available, so I can guarantee that everybody can spend time comfortably. 

You can get there in about 15-minute walk from Zamami Port.  Also you can use village running buses which are in operation seven roundtrips a day (300 yen for adults and 150 yen for children).

It takes about 50 minutes by high-speed boat from Naha.  Beautiful sea of Kerama Blue which is completely different from mainland Okinawa shows its true charm when you look inside of it, not from the outside of it.   

The beauty which the country recognized will surely make you touched from the bottom of your heart. 

Furuzamami Beach

Address: 901-3402 Furuzamami, Zamami Village, Shimajiri County, Okinawa
TEL: 098-987-2277(Zamami Village Office)
Official Website: http://www.vill.zamami.okinawa.jp

Okinawa CLIP Photo Writer   Kiwamu Ogawa (Qey Word) 

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