Kabira Bay‘s emerald blue waters and white sand is special, and if you don’t believe me (or the photos), then maybe you’ll believe the experts at Michelin! It was awarded 3 Michelin stars in 2009 and has been a major destination ever since. It’s the most photographed spot on Ishigaki Island, the main economic hub of the Yaeyama Islands of Okinawa.
Because of the strong currents, you can’t swim or snorkel here, but there are many glass bottom boats that cruise around the bay for 30 minute tours. The guides run up and down the beach attracting tourists to their boats. Although it was much to windy when I visited to join a tour, I heard that the Japanese-speaking tours are better than the foreigner-skewed tours.
Kabira Bay is on the northern coast of Ishigaki, close to Sukuji Beach and Club Med. For those staying on a different part of the island, I highly recommend a rental car for sightseeing Ishigaki. We drove around the entire island and stopped at the major sightseeing spots in a day. Most of the rental car companies have locations in Ishigaki.
Summer is high season to visit Okinawa, but winter is also popular despite the chilly and windy weather.