Kume Island (Kumejima)

Located 100km south west of Okinawa Main Island, Kume Island (also known as Kumejima) is often said to be one of the most beautiful 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, make this island a perfect getaway. However, Kumejima is not the best island of Okinawa for beach-entry snorkeling since coral reefs of Kumejima are located further away from the beaches. Thus it’s the best to take a boat-entry tour for snorkeling. In 2010, WWF discovered one of the Asia’s largest healthy coral reefs off the southeast coast of Kume Island.
Hatenohama coral sand cay is also famous among kite surfers and often referred as one of the best kite surfing spots in Japan.

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