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A Great Escape
2021.11.18


 


Tokashiki Island is the other major populated island (aside from Zamami), but it is very laid back. The island also seems to cater to hotel and dive package visitors and most of the hotels are away from the port. Some of the hotels are in Aharen village on the south west side of the island, and is one of the most stunningly beautiful harbors in the world. It was amazing to wait around in the tiny marine village and see the turquoise blue sea peeking through the narrow passageway that led to its snow white shores.

Aharen is one of the safest and most appropriate places to anchor in the Kerama islands, as the harbor is protected on three sides and has a fifteen to twenty feet sandy bottom. Just do not try to anchor there when the wind is from the south. If you anchor in Aharen, you will need to take a dinghy to the shore. In Aharen village there are a few nice minshikus and izakayas, a general store, gift shop, and a kiosk with  delicious mango ice. There is also a great viewpoint at the top of the hill overlooking the beach so do not forget your camera. As you walk to the viewpoint, you will have to walk through the village campsite.


Visitors can enjoy various indoor and outdoor recreational activities. Additionally, there are many attractive diving spots around the island so that divers can always find a calm diving location even in moderately bad weather.  That was unfortunately not the case for us that day as post typhoon, the water was not calm and clear enough for snorkelling.

The marathon that circles the island is popular among many people all over Japan. The Young Tourists' Village and the National Home for Youth located on this island are also highly recommendable as camping sites. The sea around the island is the best fishing point, so single-rod fishing is practised.


The campsite is a popular place to stay and there are signs that warn that camping on the beach is prohibited. If you want to stay someplace very nice and more like a resort, Tokashiku Resort is in another small bay tucked away just north of Aharen. Sailing to Tokashiki by private yacht, the two best options are to either anchor in Aharen or moor in the main port. If you moor in the main port, it is recommended that you tie up either side to or med-moor in the small basin to the north of the ferry terminal.     


 


 


 


 










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2021.11.18
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