Getting there & around
Yaeyama Kankō (82-5010) and Anei Kankō (83-0055) run fast, frequent ferries from Ishigaki-jima (round trip ¥1100, 10 minutes, every 15 minutes).
Rental bicycles are great for exploring the crushed-coral roads. Maruhachi Rentals (85-2260; 8am-6pm) has bicycles for ¥300 per hour and runs a free shuttle between its shop and the port. For Japanese visitors, a popular method of seeing the island is by taking a tour (¥1000, 30 minutes) in a cart drawn by water buffalo (85-2103; 8.30am-5pm).