Aside from Ishigaki Island, many people like to go island hopping.
Taketomi Island -map- Perfect for a day trip! Check out the small traditional village. Ride a cart pulled by a water buffalo! Enjoy the white sandy beaches. There is a ferry that departs every 30 minutes between 7:30-17:30. Costs about 1330 yen round trip.
Iriomote-jima -map- This island is mostly a mangrove forest. A great place for kayaking and hiking! There`s also the world famous Hoshizuna no Hama, where you can find star shaped sand!
Maboroshi Island You`ll need to go on a tour to get to this island. It`s one of the most beautiful spots in Okinawa. This island disappears during high tide, and reappears during low tide. Check it out! It`s a great picture spot!
The cheapest and most reasonbale transportation method is to rent a car. It costs around 5000 yen a day
It takes about 2 hours to do a loop around Ishigaki Island.
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THINGS TO DO IN AND AROUND ISHIGAKI
Ishigaki is a pretty big island so if you want to check out all the sites, you`ll definately need to rent a car! There are many car rental places and the prices are pretty reasonable, you can rent a car for as low as 4000 yen per day! So depending on where your hotel is, it`s a good thing to consider.
Go Diving / Snorkeling
Dive in the beautiful ocean and swim with the fish and look at the beautiful corals!