Nishihama Beach, Hateruma-jima

Must see · Beach · Outdoor Activity
Clean white sand and the rock-studded sea bed, visible through azure water, make Nishihama Beach the most natural beach on Hateruma Island. An hour away by boat from Ishigaki Island, this 1 km (0.6 mi) stretch of dry white sand and emerald-green water makes the perfect spot for a barefoot walk. You can enjoy the sparkling sea both by snorkeling and swimming. The beach offers showers and vending machines with drinks, but you should bring some food along, as you won't find any restaurants at the beach. You can rent a bike at the port to cycle here, or take a 10-minute walk from Hateruma Port. Put Nishihama Beach on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Hateruma-jima online vacation planner.
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  • I came on an overcast day in December and I was still able to swim. Not many people so I had the beach to myself. The sand is soft. But don’t leave any food exposed or those pesky crows will help...  more »
  • Nishihama beach and star gazing were the main reasons for our planned overnight stay at Hateruma in early December. But on that day, the ferries were cancelled due to bad weather. So we did a day...  more »
  • This beach on Hateruma island has great colors. It stretches for about two kilometers, and is never crowded. There are no facilities for aeting or drinking, and very few places to find shade...  more »
  • How can I not mark 5 starts!? This place is that much amazing, it is the best beach I have ever visited in Japan. Cream soda like color of this sea is just extraordinary and breathtaking. You can't be tired of looking at this sea and being at beach. I would love to keep visiting here once in a while in my life. Beach is well equipped with showering place with place to get change your clothes. MUST place to go when you are around.
  • The Nishi Beach is famous in the area and I believe it is once the most beautiful beach in Japan. The sand is creamy and not much polluted and sea water is clear. However most coral reefs die and you really need to walk a very long way to be deep enough for snorkeling.
  • I loved this place, but there is nothing to do their, i dont recommend rent bicycle, and its difficult to swim here, coz its very low and not good for snorkeling. I travel a lot in Japan. Here is my IG: ganconer8
  • My favourite beach...... Very beautiful..... Mast visit.....
  • The best place for snorkelling I've ever seen! Coral there is shallow and beautiful, then t suddenly drop down to pretty deep, meanwhile, all kinds of fish unfold in front of you! One of my most beautiful experience in Japan!

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