- Area： Okinawa City
The Kaichu-doro -- an inter-island causeway that cuts through the shallow water between the main island of Okinawa and Henza Island --- is a popular choice for a scenic drive. A roadside park situated at the midpoint of the causeway has a concrete shoreline and a park area with a lush lawn and benches, making it an ideal place for picnics.
Of the three beaches on Hamahiga Island, this is the only natural beach that is managed and equipped with restrooms, showers and a shop. Since it is a relatively unknown spot that is not very crowded even at the height of the summer season, it is recommended for people who want to spend some leisure time on a beach.
Swimming season: Year round
Parking: ¥500 / day
A hidden beach on Miyagi Island where rave parties and other events used to be held in the past, as hardly anything existed there other than fields. Since there are strong riptides, visitors should be careful if they plan to swim. This beach is frequented by surfers, locals and American families who camp out in the area.
Because the altitude is higher here than on neighboring islands, visitors should not miss Kafu Banta (Cape of Happiness), which offers a scenic view from Nuchi-Una, a salt producer located on the cape that is also a popular tourist destination on the island. The breathtaking view of magnificent coral reefs makes this a scenic spot that’s rare even onthe main island of Okinawa.
Kafu Banta offers a cliff-top view of the sea 120 meters below.
It takes about 90 minutes by car from Naha Airport to Ikei Island, the outermost of the three islands. The color of the ocean is beautiful, especially around Ikei Ohashi Bridge, and the landscape is stunning. There are two pleasant beaches here: Ikei Beach, with lockers, a shop and a restaurant, and the natural Odomari Beach.