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Yaeyama Islands

The remote Yaeyama Islands offer nature-lovers the chance to enjoy unforgettable outdoor experiences

Ishigaki Island is one of the largest and most populated of the Yaeyama Islands, and acts as a gateway to the rest, many of which are delightfully rural and sparsely populated (if not uninhabited!). The Yaeyama Islands are among some of the most popular of Okinawa’s island destinations and cater to a wide variety of tastes. Enjoy luxurious beach resorts on Ishigaki Island, eco-excursions through mangrove forests on Iriomote Island, relax-paced travel on Taketomi Island, and diving with hammerhead sharks off Yonaguni Island.

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