15 Amazing Okinawa Beaches You’ll Love (2020)

by Billy | Updated: November 6, 2019

Okinawa beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world.

However, it can be hard to find the best ones to visit, which is why we made this list for you.

Here are the top 15 Okinawa beaches you need to put on your bucket list.

15. Yonehara Beach

Location: Ishigaki, Okinawa

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Yonehara Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Japan with emerald colored water.

Filled with coral reefs and all of the jewel-colored tropical fish that you can imagine.

Even though it’s a wide beach, the water is quite shallow, which means during low tide, you can walk out pretty far.

During high tide, however, the waters do get a bit rough.

This can be fun for more experienced swimmers; however, young children and inexperienced swimmers should be careful swimming during high tide.

The beach is also home to a campground, which allows visitors to sleep right out on the beach at night and watch the moon reflect on the tropical sea.

14. Tokashiku Beach

Location: Tokashiku Island, Okinawa

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Located near Aharen Beach, Tokashiku is the much less crowded of the two.

It’s known for frequent sea turtles spottings, soft white sand, and crystal blue water.

It’s a great place to swim, sunbathe, and relax, and is close to the mountains so visitors get to enjoy the scenery from the best of both worlds.

Because most tourists choose to visit the nearby Aharen Beach instead, Tokashiku Beach almost feels like a private or semi-private island to its visitors.

The coral reef here is not as thriving or well-preserved as the reef on some of the other beaches, so people who want to snorkel will have to go out a little farther than normal.

There are not as many restrictions on water safety here, so many more adventurous people prefer this beach.

For individuals or couples without children and/or thrill-seekers, this beach is probably one of the best on the list.

13. Ama Beach

Location: Zamami Island, Okinawa

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There is an area designed especially for children where they can…

The beach, itself, is covered with amazing seashells and sea glass. Serious collectors can spend hours searching through them to find something truly special.

The locals are friendly; the food is delicious; and there are many facilities and amenities, such as showers and bathrooms.

Nearby hotels offer convenient places for families to stay at night, allowing them to simply run down to the beach the next morning.

12. Sunayama Beach

Location: Miyako-jima Island, Okinawa

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Located in the northern portion of Miyako-jima Island, Sunayama Beach – which means “sand mountain beach” – is known for its large, natural rock arch.

Formed by the sea eroding exposed coral reefs over the many centuries, it’s really a neat and unique landmark.

The sunsets here are amazing and lend themselves perfectly to taking photos. Also, This is a popular spot for snorkeling because of the many different coral reefs, sea turtles, manta rays, and tropical fish.

11. Aka Beach

Location: Zamami Island, Okinawa

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Aka beach is a great spot for swimming and spotting large sea turtles.

There are places to rent jet skis, umbrellas, and paddleboards.

The beach, like many of Okinawa’s other beaches, is covered in clean white sand, and the water is a turquoise color.

This beach is one of the larger beaches in Okinawa and boasts a nice camping area that you can take advantage of while there.

Be warned, though, that the water and the beach do cool down at night, so for those people who plan to stay, bringing a snuggly sleeping bag is definitely recommended.

Aka Beach is also within walking distance of Aka Port, which is a very popular port in Okinawa.

10. Aragusuku Beach

Location: Miyako-jima Island, Okinawa

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Located near Yoshino Beach, Aragusuku Beach is another one of Okinawa’s gorgeous beaches where you can swim, sunbathe, and snorkel.

The sea is somewhat shallow, making it a relatively safe place for families with young children to swim. There are numerous coral reefs beneath the waves to add some beautiful underwater scenery.

Aragusuku Beach is also home to hundreds of different, brightly colored tropical fish, which means you’re always likely to spot something beautiful while swimming.

The beach has stands where you can rent snorkeling equipment. There are numerous picnic tables with umbrellas set along the beach for people who want to escape the sun.

It’s a popular beach, so it’ll be a little more crowded then most Okinawa beaches.

9. Okuma Beach

Location: Kunigami, Okinawa

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Okuma Beach is probably one of the most popular and well-known beaches in all of Okinawa. It has become so popular over the past several years that it’s now more of a resort island than a mere beach.

It’ surrounded on all sides by the East China Sea, and has many hotels in the area.

There are several activities to do around Okuma, including…

One of the coolest attractions is the glass bottom boat tours.

People flock to Okuma Beach because it’s a great mixture of nature and modern convenience.

8. Kondoi Beach

Location: Taketomijima Island, Okinawa

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Kondoi Beach is a crescent shaped beach that can be found on the island’s westernmost coast.

It’s a great spot for swimming for families with children, even in high tide, because the water does not get too rough. In fact, during low tide, the water actually gets quite shallow, revealing some scenic sandbars.

The ocean floor is covered in coral, which adds to the water’s lovely color, so, like many of Okinawa’s beaches, it is also a nice place for snorkeling.

7. Ida no Hama Beach

Location: Iriomote Island, Okinawa

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Located near a settlement called Funauki, and was once known as a “secret beach.” However, the secret got out, and now it’s known as one of the best beaches in Okinawa.

It’s a “picture perfect” beach with clean, beautiful white sand and gorgeous, clear water that sparkles and shimmers as far as the eye can see.

Although some of the reef here has been damaged, there is still quite a large portion of it that is great for snorkeling.

Ida no Hama Beach is also a popular spot for returning tourists because the local people are so friendly and accommodating.

6. Nishibama Beach

Location: Zamami Island, Okinawa

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In addition to being another great beach for snorkeling and swimming, Nishibama is a fantastic place to catch a glimpse of wildlife (other than fish).

It’s near a forest, which means you can often see deer and other unlikely animals.

Because of all these perks, Nishibama Beach is often quite busy in the summer months.

However, in the cooler months (especially on the weekdays) it’s quieter and much less crowded.

5. Furuzamami Beach

Location: Zamami Island, Okinawa

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Furuzamami Beach is located on the southwestern coast of Zamami Island.

This beach allows people to camp in tents, which is a huge draw for many people who want to spend the night in nature rather than a hotel room.

It’s almost a mile long (or one kilometer), has water that’s a deep, azure blue color.

Making it a great place for photography lovers or even just to brighten up your Instagram feed.

4. Hatenohama Beach

Location: Kumejima, Okinawa

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Hatenohama Beach is located between Ohajima and Ojima. It’s a little over four miles long and like many of the other best beaches in Okinawa, is known for its white sand and crystal clear water.

It’s a great place for snorkeling and even better for sea shell collectors.

Companies on the beach offer glass-bottom boat tours for those who want to see the tropical fish but who aren’t fans of snorkeling.

For those families who want to swim, this is a great beach for it because it has local lifeguards.

3. Yonaha Maehama Beach

Location: Miyako-jima Island, Okinawa

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Known for its beautiful, clean expanse of sand and clear water, Yonaha Maehama Beach is over four miles long.

It’s a great beach for sun-bathing, swimming, and just relaxing.

The island has places where you can rent jet skis and banana boats if you want to have a little more active fun.

It’s most popular in the spring and autumn months, and it’s easy to navigate via private car or taxi.

Because it’s a popular tourist location, there are a lot of amenities available in the region, such as…

Yonaha Maehama Beach is the perfect mixture of nature and society for those travelers who don’t want to spend all of their time soaking up the sun.

2. Aharen Beach

Location: Tokashiki Island, Okinawa

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Aharen Beach is great for snorkeling because the bay is mostly protected from powerful waves and currents.

Located within the Kerama Shoto National Park, it’s known for being one of the most beautiful and affordable places to snorkel in the entire region.

The water is gorgeous, and the reef is very well-preserved.

It’s one of Okinawa’s most popular beaches, so it’s often pretty crowded.

But if you don’t mind a little company, Aharen Beach is an affordable and lovely place to visit in Okinawa.

1. Nishihama Beach

Location: Aka-jima Island, Okinawa

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Nishihama Beach is a little under a mile long and offers gorgeous scenery of Keruma Island.

It’s also known for its pristine white sand and its gorgeous, turquoise-colored water, which gives the sea its often-referred to title as “Japan’s Most Beautiful Sea.”

People also enjoy visiting this beach because it’s a great place for snorkeling and seeing various types of beautiful tropical fish without going far into the ocean.

You can swim here, or take the opportunity to lie back, sunbathe, and enjoy the view.

However you choose to spend the day at Nishihama, you won’t be disappointed.