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Okinawa and the Southern Islands

For travellers wishing to relax at the end of their holiday Okinawa and the Southern Islands are a group of subtropical islands offering a temperate year-round climate, white sandy beaches, rural solitude and some magnificent coral reefs. At certain times of the year, off islands such as Ishigaki-Jima, it is  possible to swim with manta rays.

Aerial view of Kerama Island, Okinawa, Japan
Aerial view of Okinawa Islands

More about Okinawa

Okinawa is located 1,200 kilometres from the mainland and as Japan’s most exotic and southernmost prefecture is in a world of its own. The culture on the islands is distinctly different from the rest of Japan with a unique language and cuisine. The warm, clear waters surrounding the islands are a haven for marine life and as such the snorkelling and diving is excellent.

There is no hint from the Okinawan people of the suffering known in times of war, or for that matter in times of peace. They are gentle and friendly people who are proud of their heritage and boast one of the longest life expectancies in the world.

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Eisa Drum Dances

Witness the vibrant Eisa drum dances between July and September; colourful celebrations with dancing, drumming, singing and clowns.

Whale Watching

See Humpback Whales around the Okinawa Islands between December and April.

Learn Karate

Take a karate lesson in Okinawa, the birthplace of karate.

Diving Experience

Dive with turtle, manta ray and hammerhead sharks around some of the many island archipelagos.

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Cherry Blossom in Okinawa

Be the first to see the cherry blossom when the trees in Okinawa bloom as early as mid-January due to the mild climate.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Craven

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz. Later, my father’s postings took us to Nepal where we had to transit Delhi and Kathmandu where we were sometimes stranded for days and Hong Kong from where I travelled in 1983 through China for two months.
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Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list. I also seek adventure; exploring the deep blue or hiking a peak often winning favour. Although it’s my time horse herding in Mongolia that I regularly want to relive.
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