The Okinawa Islands (ëźôŕĆöôç, Okinawa Shotō) are a group of about two dozen islands around Okinawa Main Island (Okinawa Honto). The Okinawa Islands are one of three major island groups making up the prefecture of Okinawa. The more southern Miyako and Yaeyama Islands are the other two.
Okinawa Main Island, the former center of the Ryukyu Kingdom, is home to more than half of the prefecture's population, as well as the prefectural capital Naha and the US military bases. It is the prefecture's busiest and most developed island.
The other islands in the Okinawa Shoto are much smaller than the main island, and several of them are not inhabited. Many of the smaller islands, such as Kume Island and the Kerama Islands, offer great snorkeling and diving and a more laid-back, traditional pace of life than the main island.