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The entire prefecture of Okinawa is famous for its warm climate and beaches. While Okinawa Main Island (Okinawa Honto) is not considered to have the prefecture's very best beaches (these are found on smaller islands such as Miyako), it, nevertheless, has some attractive beaches where visitors can enjoy the sun, sand and sea. See the list below for some of the island's best beaches and snorkeling spots.

The best time to go swimming at the beach in Okinawa Honto is between May and October. From December to March the air temperatures can drop to levels below 20 degrees Celsius which many people will consider too cool for swimming. Water temperatures around Okinawa Honto never drop below 20 degrees and reach about 30 degrees during the summer months.

When using the beaches, beware of strong currents that can pull you out to sea and poisonous creatures such as Habu Jellyfish, a type of box jellyfish, which are most prevalent from June to October. Signs at the beaches inform about the dangers, while some beaches have netted off swimming areas. Although stings are rare, if stung you should pour vinegar over the sting, remove any tentacles, and seek medical help as it may become life threatening.

Manza Beach

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (until 19:00 in Jul and Aug; until 18:00 in Sep)
Admission: Free (visitors pay 500 yen for facilities during main season)

Moon Beach

Admission: 1000 yen
Parking: 1000 yen (free from November to March)

Okuma Beach

Hours: 9:00 to 18:00 (until 17:00 November to February)
Admission: 1500 yen

Emerald Beach (Ocean Expo Park)

Swimming season: April to October
Hours: 8:30 to 19:00 (until 17:30 in October)
Admission and parking: Free

Mibaru Beach

Swimming season: late April to September
Admission: Free (use of facilities 500 yen from Jul to Sep)
Parking: 500 yen

Zampa Beach

Swimming season: April to October
Hours: 9:00 to 18:00
Admission and parking: Free (200 yen to use showers)

Sunset Beach

Swimming season: mid April to October
Hours: 9:00 to 17:30 (July and August until 18:00)
Admission and parking: Free

Snorkeling

The sea life along the shores of Okinawa Honto is not quite as colorful as around some of Okinawa's smaller islands. Nevertheless, there are a few nice snorkeling spots.

Cape Maeda

Hours: 7:00 to 19:00
Admission: Free
Parking: 100 yen per hour

Odo Kaigan

Admission and parking: Free

Getting there and around

Manza Beach

Manza Beach is connected directly with Naha by bus number 120 (100 minutes, 1420 yen from Naha Bus Terminal or 110 minutes, 1510 yen from Naha Airport; 2 buses/hour) and airport limousine bus (60 minutes, 1630 yen from Naha Bus Terminal or 75 minutes, 1730 yen from Naha Airport; every 1-2 hours). Get off at Manza Beach-mae (万座ビーチ前). By car, it takes about 50 minutes (more during rush hours) from Naha if using the expressway between Naha and Yaka IC (700 yen one way).

Moon Beach

Moon Beach is connected directly with Naha by bus number 120 (90 minutes, 1210 yen from Naha Bus Terminal, or 100 minutes, 1320 yen from Naha Airport; 2 buses/hour) and airport limousine bus (55 minutes, 1430 yen from Naha Bus Terminal or 65 minutes, 1530 yen from Naha Airport; every 1-2 hours). Get off at Moon Beach-mae (ムーンビーチ前). By car, it takes about 50 minutes (more during rush hours) from Naha if using the expressway between Naha and Ishikawa IC (650 yen one way).

Okuma Beach

Take highway bus number 111 or 117 or the Yanbaru Express from Naha to Nago Bus Terminal (80 minutes, 1650-2140 yen from Naha Bus Center; 95 minutes, 1650-2230 yen from Naha Airport; 1-2 buses/hour) and transfer to bus number 67 to Okuma Beach Iriguchi (奥間ビーチ入口, 60 minutes, 1030 yen, hourly). Note that between Naha and Nago the Yanbaru Express is cheaper than the other buses and that it stops at the Kencho Kitaguchi bus stop instead of the Naha Bus Center. By car, it takes about two hours from Naha if using the expressway between Naha and Nago (1040 yen one way).

Emerald Beach

Please see the Ocean Expo Park page for access details.

Mibaru Beach

Take bus number 50 or 51 from Naha Bus Terminal to Hyakuna Bus Terminal (百名バスターミナル, 60 minutes, 730 yen, 1-2 buses/hour), from where the beach can be reached in a 15 minute walk. By car, it takes about 40 minutes from central Naha.

Zampa Beach

Take an airport limousine bus from Naha to Royal Hotel Okinawa Zanpamisaki next to the beach (ロイヤルホテル残波岬; 75 minutes, 1430 yen from Naha Bus Terminal or 85 minutes, 1530 yen from Naha Airport; every 2 hours). Alternatively, take bus number 28 from Naha Bus Terminal to Yomitan Bus Terminal (読谷バスターミナル, 80 minutes, 1100 yen, 3-4 buses/hour) from where it is a 45 minute walk to the beach. By car it takes about 70 minutes from central Naha.

Sunset Beach

Please see the Mihama American Village page for access details.

Cape Maeda

Take bus 120 from Naha to Yamada (山田; 80 minutes, 1110 yen from Naha Bus Terminal, or 90 minutes, 1200 yen from Naha Airport; 2 buses/hour), from where Cape Maeda can be reached in a 20-30 minute walk. By car, it takes about 50 minutes (more during rush hours) from Naha if using the expressway between Naha and Ishikawa IC (650 yen one way).

Odo Kaigan

Take bus number 89 from Naha Bus Terminal to Itoman Bus Terminal (糸満バスターミナル, 60 minutes, 580 yen, departures every 10 minutes) and transfer to bus number 82. Get off at Seimei Byōin-mae (晴明病院前, 25 minutes, 440 yen, 1 bus/hour), from where the coast can be reached in a 10-15 minute walk. By car, it takes about 45 minutes from central Naha.

How to get to and around Okinawa Honto

Hotels around Okinawa Island

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    • Hotel Collective
      Luxury
      Set in Naha, 1.5 km from Naminoue Beach, Hotel Collective offers accommodation with a restaurant, private parking, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. Each accommodation at the 5-star hotel has city views and free WiFi. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, a concierge service and currency exchange for guests. The units come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, bathrobes and a desk. At the hotel every room has bed linen and towels. Guests at Hotel Collective can enjoy a buffet breakfast. The wellness area at the accommodation is comprised of a sauna and a hot tub. Popular points of interest near Hotel Collective include Yachimun Street, Shijo Hondori and Makishi Public Market. The nearest airport is Naha Airport, 6 km from the hotel.
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    • Little Island Okinawa Tomari
      Mid-range
      Set in Naha, near Naminoue Beach, Tomarin - Tomari Port Terminal and Shijo Hondori, Little Island Okinawa Tomari features free WiFi. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with shower, slippers and a hairdryer. A microwave, a fridge and stovetop are also featured, as well as a kettle. Tamaudun Mausoleum is 3.5 km from the aparthotel, while DFS Galleria Okinawa is 2.1 km away. The nearest airport is Naha Airport, 7 km from Little Island Okinawa Tomari.
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    • The Kitchen Hostel Ao
      Budget-friendly
      Offering air-conditioned rooms in the Naha City Centre district of Naha, The Kitchen Hostel Ao is less than 1 km from Naminoue Beach. The property is situated 4.1 km from Tamaudun Mausoleum, 2 km from Yachimun Street and 3.1 km from DFS Galleria Okinawa. The property features a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi is available throughout the property. At the hostel, the rooms include a desk. All rooms have a shared bathroom, slippers and bed linen. Guests at The Kitchen Hostel Ao can enjoy a ? la carte breakfast. Sonohyan Utaki Stone Gate is 5 km from the accommodation, while Shuri-jo Castle is 5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Naha Airport, 5 km from The Kitchen Hostel Ao.
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    • Villa Coast Nishimachi - Guesthouse in Okinawa
      Budget-friendly
      Located just a 7-minute drive from Naha Airport, Villa Coast Nishimachi houses self-contained accommodations with free WiFi connection. The apartment houses a shared lounge with drinks and snacks vending machines. Each room is fitted with a full kitchen with a microwave and a washing machine. All rooms have air conditioning, a working desk and a flat-screen TV. Featuring a bath, private bathroom comes with a shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries. From the apartment, a convenience store is within a 2-minute walk. There are numerous local restaurants and shops within 15 minutes walking distance around the apartment. Naminoue Beach is a 10-minute walk and Asahibashi Station is a 13-minute walk away.
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    • Hotel Torifito Naha Asahibashi
      Mid-range
      Well located in the Naha City Centre district of Naha, Hotel Torifito Naha Asahibashi is located 750 metres from Naminoue Beach, 5 km from Tamaudun Mausoleum and 2.4 km from Yachimun Street. The property is set 3.9 km from DFS Galleria Okinawa, 5 km from Sonohyan Utaki Stone Gate and 5 km from Shuri-jo Castle. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At Hotel Torifito Naha Asahibashi each room is fitted with bed linen and towels. A buffet breakfast is available daily at the accommodation. Staff speak English, Japanese, Korean and Cantonese at the reception. Naha Air Base is 5 km from Hotel Torifito Naha Asahibashi, while Tsushimamaru Museum is less than 1 km away. The nearest airport is Naha Airport, 5 km from the hotel.
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    • Y's CABIN&HOTEL Naha Kokusai Street
      Budget-friendly
      Well set in the Naha City Centre district of Naha, Y's CABIN&HOTEL Naha Kokusai Street is located 1.2 km from Naminoue Beach, 3.7 km from Tamaudun Mausoleum and 1.6 km from Yachimun Street. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. Every room comes with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV, and certain units at the capsule hotel have a safety deposit box. At Y's CABIN&HOTEL Naha Kokusai Street rooms come with bed linen and towels. The accommodation offers 2-star accommodation with a sauna. DFS Galleria Okinawa is 2.7 km from Y's CABIN&HOTEL Naha Kokusai Street, while Sonohyan Utaki Stone Gate is 4.1 km away. The nearest airport is Naha Airport, 5 km from the capsule hotel.
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    • HOTEL ANTEROOM NAHA
      Luxury
      Set in Naha, 800 metres from Naminoue Beach, HOTEL ANTEROOM NAHA offers accommodation with a restaurant, private parking and a bar. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and a concierge service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel has family rooms. At the hotel, all rooms are fitted with a desk. All guest rooms will provide guests with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV. Guests at HOTEL ANTEROOM NAHA can enjoy a ? la carte or an American breakfast. Tamaudun Mausoleum is 6 km from the accommodation, while DFS Galleria Okinawa is 3.2 km from the property. The nearest airport is Naha Airport, 7 km from HOTEL ANTEROOM NAHA.
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    • Rihga Royal Gran Okinawa
      Luxury
      Offering direct access from Asahibashi Monorail Station, Rihga Royal Gran Okinawa features spacious Western-style accommodations with free WiFi. Guests can ask for concierge services at the front desk. All rooms are non-smoking and feature air conditioning, a flat-screen satellite TV, safety deposit box and fridge. Guests can make green tea using the electric kettle and wear the provided sleepwear. The en suite bathroom comes with a hairdryer and toothbrush sets. Currency exchange and photocopying services are offered at the front desk. Laundry services are provided and on-site parking is available at an extra charge. The lobby is located on the 14th floor. A breakfast buffet and Western a la carte dishes are served at Dining 19, which offers beautiful sunset views from the top floor. Okinawa Gran Rihga Royal is a 10-minute walk from Kokusai Street and a 25-minute drive from Shuri Castle. Naha Airport is just a 10-minute drive or train ride away. A 24-hour convenience shop can be found next door.
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    • Rembrandt Style Naha
      Budget-friendly
      Attractively set in the Naha City Centre district of Naha, Rembrandt Style Naha is situated 800 metres from Naminoue Beach, 5 km from Tamaudun Mausoleum and 2.3 km from Naha Air Base. With a restaurant, the 2-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. The rooms in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. At Rembrandt Style Naha, rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Speaking English and Japanese at the 24-hour front desk, staff are willing to help at any time of the day. Yachimun Street is 2.5 km from Rembrandt Style Naha, while DFS Galleria Okinawa is 3.1 km from the property. The nearest airport is Naha Airport, 2 km from the hotel.
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    • Hyatt Regency Naha, Okinawa
      Luxury
      The stylish Hyatt Regency Naha offers spacious rooms, free WiFi throughout the property and 4 restaurants. It is located just a 3-minute walk from the lively Kokusai Dori (International street) and features a seasonal outdoor pool, a bar and a small shop open 24-hours. The closest station is Makishi Station and is a 8-minute walk away. Make a visit to the famous Shurijo Castle with a 17-minute drive or take a 9-minute drive to the DFS Galleria Okinawa to enjoy shopping. Naha Airport can be reached with a 20-minute drive. The elegant rooms are decorated in light natural tones, and furnished with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a sofa and a desk. An electric kettle, a fridge and a safety deposit box is provided. The private bathroom comes with a bathtub, free toiletries and a hairdryer. The on-site restaurant Sakurazaka is open for breakfast and lunch hours and serves a buffet-style meal. The Milano restaurant, located on the 18th floor, features Italian dishes. Guests can also go to the caf? or the bar to enjoy light snacks and beverages. The Naha Hyatt Regency offers a 24-hour front desk and currency exchange. Parking is available at a fee.
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