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Ishgaki Island offers visitors white sandy beaches, coral reef and inland jungle and mountains. The crystal clear waters of Shiraho and the coral reef at Kabira Bay play host to a spectacular array of colourful marine life including the majestic manta ray, a regular visitor with peak season being Aug-Nov.

The island has some great walking and bird watching opportunities and is also a great hub for island hopping to several islands close by. Iriomote is the most spectacular with dense jungle and wildlife, including the rare Iriomote Lynx. Takemoti island is home to a small traditional village where transport is by ox drawn cart.

It’s hard to imagine the island is part of Japan with its own culture and the fact that it’s closer to Taiwan than Osaka on ‘mainland’ Japan. 

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: common cuttlefish, mandarin fish

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itinerary:

BIG in Japan

Explore Tokyo and relax on the white sandy beaches of Ishigaki, Okinawa and Yonaguni Islands, where you can dive healthy reefs and encounter manta rays, hammerhead sharks and an underwater city. This is a BIG tour of Japan!

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea