Kume Island (Kumejima)

Located 100km south west of Okinawa Main Island, Kume Island (also known as Kumejima) was once called “Kumi(琉美)-jima” meaning the most beautiful island of the Ryukyu Islands. It’s no wonder – an 11km long coral sand cay, unusual turtle shell geometric rock formations, and pristine white sandy beaches against a backdrop of lush forest with a smattering of agriculture, makes this island a perfect getaway. However, Kumejima is not the best island of Okinawa for off-the-beach snorkeling since coral reefs of Kumejima are located further away from the beaches, so it’s better to take a snorkeling tour by boat. In 2010, WWF discovered one of Asia’s largest healthy coral reefs off the southeast coast of Kume Island.
Hatenohama coral sand cay is located off the east coast of Kume Island, and is an iconic spot of Kume Island. It is often referred as one of the best kite surfing spots in Japan.
When the weather is not ideal for beach or marine activities, we highly recommend checking out Yajiyagama Cave, which is close to the airport on the west side of the island.


PrefectureOkinawaSize59.1 sq. kmPopulationApproximately 9,000AccessA flight from Naha (Okinawa Main Island) takes about 30 mins. Ferries from Okinawa Main Island (Tomarin Port) take about 3-4 hours depending on the route.Getting aroundCar rental