If you have time for only one spot in the Kerama archipelago, head to Furuzamami Beach. Marine life is exceptionally abundant around the coral formations fringing the western side of the beach: hundreds of green chromis hidden in acropora clusters, lots of clownfish, gorgeous clown triggerfish hidden underneath rocks and even sea snakes sliding on the seabed looking for a prey… All mingle and set up up an endless show. If you are spending one day on Zamami Island, you can easily combine your Furuzamami Beach experience with Ama Beach, another snorkeling spot located about 2 miles from here.

View on Furuzamami beach and reef

How to get there?

Furuzamami beach is located on Zamami Island. Naha will probably be your first step in Okinawa, it is also the departure point to many neighboring islands. First head to Tomari harbor, located close to the city center (the closest monorail stop is Miebashi (美栄橋), you will then have to walk for about 10 minutes to reach the jetty). The express boat is most convenient (50 minutes, round trip about $48) but you might prefer the cheaper ferry (120 minutes, round trip about $32). Schedules depend on the seasons. Be careful as there can sometimes be only one or two round trips per day.

To reach the beach from Zamami Island’s harbor, you can rent a bike (20 minutes ride, steep road), a scooter or a car. Furuzamami beach is well indicated from the jetty.

Furuzamami Beach snorkeling map, Zamami Island

Water entrance

Furuzamami is a large beach, but the reef area only exists on its western part. Walk on your left when facing the sea until you reach the black rocks closing the beach. Most of the snorkelers leave their belongings here and enter the water nearby. Before long, you’ll be swimming over corals.

Exploration

The snorkeling area is located on the reef area fringing the western end of the beach. It is narrow but you can roam this place as you like. The reefs are covered with well-preserved corals, which drop-off into a sandy seabed (12ft).

Pink-skunk clownfish in Furuzamami, Okinawa

Furuzamami is a fantastic place for clownfish spotting. 3 species (out of the 5 living in Okinawa islands) can easily be seen here: tomato clownfish, Clark clownfish and pink skunk clownfish. If you look closely you will know how to differentiate them. Did you know each species inhabits a different sea anemone species? There are so many sea anemones here that you simply can’t miss them.

You will also come across other colorful fish here. Amongst them are foxface rabbitfish (gathering in groups of 2), clown triggerfish (rather wild here), bannerfish and several butterflyfish species.

Sea snake in Furuzamami, Okinawa

Venomous sea snakes like this spot. You might spot them hunting their favorite prey, moray eels, in and around crevices. Most of the time sea snakes are not aggressive and remain close to the seabed. However, be especially careful here and do not touch rocks or the seabed with bare hands and feet.

Restaurants and accommodation

A kiosk set on the beach border sells beverages and snacks (expect Japanese food). In Zamami village, about 1 mile from the beach, you will find a wider range of restaurants and inexpensive accommodation.

Species you may spot while snorkeling Furuzamami Beach
COMMON NAME SCIENTIFIC NAME ABUNDANCE FISHBASE WIKIPEDIA
Tomato clownfish Amphiprion frenatus  
Clark anemonefish Amphiprion clarkii  
Pink skunk clownfish Amphiprion perideraion  
Blue-lipped sea krait Laticauda laticaudata  
Sailfin tang Zebrasoma veliferum  
Green Chromis Chromis viridis  
Sixbar wrasse Thalassoma hardwicke  
Raccoon butterflyfish Chaetodon lunula  
Staghorn damselfish Amblyglyphidodon curacao  
Giant clam Tridacna sp.  

 

  • Level required Beginner
  • Maximum depth12ft/4m
  • Water entranceEasy, from a sandy beach
  • Potential DangersSea snakes
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersHigh
  • Access costsFree
  • Restaurants nearbyYes
  • Public toilets & showersNo

MAP Spot

These snorkeling spots are accessible to beginners and kids. You will enter the water gradually from a beach, or in a less than 3ft. deep area. The sea is generally calm, shallow, with almost no waves or currents. These spots are usually located in marked and/or monitored swimming areas. It is not necessary to swim long distances to discover the sea life.

This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.