Miyako Island (Miyako-jima) of the Miyako Islands

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The fourth largest in the Okinawa Prefecture, this iron-board flat coral island boasts spectacular rocky outcrops, and blindingly white sand beaches with clear turquoise waters. Catch it on a sunny day and Miyako-jima is glory at its best. The Miyako Islands are a beach-entry snorkelling paradise, often reported to be as good as the remote islands of Tahiti. You can enjoy the colorful lush coral reefs with many kinds of tropical fish just within 10 meters from the beach.

Camping on any of the deserted beaches (if it’s not a tourist beach) is allowed, and makes for a truly wild experience. We camped on Nagamahama Beach on Kurima Island and it was wonderful! Shower are available at any of the main tourist beaches, but best to do it in the hot months as the showers are mostly cold.

There is an amazing barrier reef (offshore coral reef) called Yabiji, which is located off the north east of Miyako main island. This coral reef is so lush and healthy, that even Australian WWF experts have come to conduct research in order to find a remedy for the dying coral of the Great Barrier Reef due to climate change.

PrefectureOkinawa (Miyako Island Group)Size159 sq kmPopulationApproximately 54,000AccessDirect flights from Tokyo and Osaka take about 2.5-3 hours. Flights from Okinawa Main Island’s Naha airport take about 45 mins.Getting aroundCar rental