With blue sky, blue sea, and blue coral, Shiraho is a town in the southeast corner of Ishigaki Island.
The area can only be accessed by car or on foot.
Shiraho Beach is just a five-minute drive or 45-minute walk south of Ishigaki Airport. There is no public transportation to the area.
The area is home to over 70 different types of coral
The town is a base for the World Wildlife Foundation Coral Research Station
One of the best ways to explore is by joining a snorkeling tour
The beach has a beautiful stretch of sand, but its main draw is the collection of coral. The area is home to more than 70 kinds of corals, including a large community of blue corals that are said to be the oldest and largest in the northern hemisphere.
This is an idyllic spot for diving, exploring the fabulous blue coral, and the exotic fish. You can rent diving and snorkeling equipment including wetsuits at the beach. There are also boats with glass bottoms, so you can get up close to the coral without getting wet.
The environmental impact of tourism is something the local people of Shiraho are very aware of. For those wanting to enjoy the stunning beauty of the coral reefs, it’s best to sign up for an official guided tour to ensure you are following the local rules and regulations.