Welcome to Kerama islands
The islands of the Kerama archipelago (慶良間諸島) are truly a world away from the buzz of Okinawa-hontō, although due to their easy accessibility, they do get crowded during the summer holiday season. Declared a national park (Kerama Shotō Kokuritsu Kōen, 慶良間諸島国立公園) in 2014, the Keramas are not only surrounded by reefs of diverse corals, but their clear, blue waters also provide sanctuary for breeding humpback whales and grazing sea turtles.
Each of the three main islands – Zamami-jima, Aka-jima and Tokashiki-jima – can be visited as day trips from Naha. But to really savour the slow-paced pleasures, stay a night or two in one of the islands' minshuku.