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Furuzamami Beach


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 rimming 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.
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.

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.

Aerial view


Exploration

You will explore the reef area rimming 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 shallow sandy seabed (depth about 12ft).

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.

Snorkeling Report Furuzamami Okinawa Clownfish
Pink skunk clownfish at Furuzamami Beach


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.



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.

Snorkeling Report gives the most precise tips possible about the snorkeling spots and potential dangers, but each one of us is responsible for our own safety in the water. For more information, take a look at the snorkeling safety page. If you want to add extra information or make any corrections to the spot descriptions, please contact us.

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Spot tips

  • Type of spot
  • Level of difficulty
    Beginner
  • Maximum depth
    12ft/4m
  • Water entrance
    Easy, from a sandy beach
  • Potential Dangers
    Sea snakes
  • Lifeguard
    No
  • Visitor numbers
    High
  • Access costs
    Free
  • Restaurants nearby
    Yes
  • Public toilets & showers
    No

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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
Threadfin butterflyfish
Chaetodon auriga
Sailfin tang
Zebrasoma veliferum
Green Chromis
Chromis viridis
Sixbar wrasse
Thalassoma hardwicke
Raccoon butterflyfish
Chaetodon lunula
Staghorn Damselfish
Amblyglyphidodon curacao
Giant clam
Tridacna sp.
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