I have been snorkeling at the Okinawa secret beach only locals know, Hanashiro Beach in Yaese Town

I have been snorkeling at the Okinawa secret beach only locals know, Hanashiro Beach in Yaese Town
It is a secret beach whose only local Okinawa people know remains unchanged, the natural sea of Okinawa remained intact. That is Hanashiro Beach in Yaese town. I have been snorkeling at Hanashiro Beach where such nature’s charm of Okinawa packed a lot. It was sunny this day, it was very nice weather and I enjoyed swimming. I also took a snapshot of the snookeling, so please have a look.

Please watch the snorkeling video on Hanashiro Beach
Rather than explain it with words or photographs, you better understand the state of Hanashiro Beach if you actually watch a snorkeling movie. While snorkeling, I took a video with a smartphone, it is not such a beautiful movie, but please have a look.

How about? You can see lots of tropical fish and coral reefs such as Ruri suzushi, Nanohowaki, Tsunodashi etc? It was sunny this day, so the ripple of the water fluctuations is really beautiful. It is Hanashiro beach where a lot of natural coral reefs are left, but the seawater temperature rises in 2017, coral reefs are whitening in some places. Sorry a little, but this is the figure of nature. Nevertheless, as it is still a natural ocean, coral reef and fish, you can enjoy the beautiful nature beach of Okinawa as it is. As we came here at low tide this day, there were many shallow places and there was little flow, so even a small child could swim with confidence.

Next, please watch a snorkeled video in a deep place around the reef. Since the reef surroundings of Hanashiro Beach is rapidly deepening, the wave is rather rough. I found a place that I could swim in such a place and took a video. For amateurs, the flow of tides is quite dangerous, so please do not swim in such places.

It was deeply getting deeper from the rocky place, I think that the depth of water was probably over 20 meters. There were many coral reefs and big fish swimming in the rocky place, there are different charm and power from the inside of the reef. It is also the charm of the beach in Okinawa to be able to meet the power of such nature.

The place I swam is the place surrounded by the red line below. If you are accustomed to ordinary Okinawa beach, please try swimming at Hanashiro Beach by all means.

The place I swam

How to go to Hanashiro beach
It is the secret beach which is known only to the locals of Yaese town, it is Hanashiro Beach. The reason for not being well known even in Okinawa is because the beach is in a place difficult to understand. Next, I will explain in detail about how to go to Hanashiro Beach.

You will come to Hanashiro beach when you follow the road of Southern Links Golf & Resort in Yaese Town. If you are driving a national road 331 by car you will see a sign like the one below. Proceed from this sign towards Southern Links Golf & Resort.

sign towards Southern Links Golf & Resort

As you go to the road, you will see Southern Links Golf & Resort Hotel.

The road to Southern Links Golf & Resort Hotel

Southern Links Golf & Resort Hotel

Continue in front of the Southern links golf & resort hotel, you can see the way down the sea from the side of the golf course. On sunny days the scenery is very beautiful. The golf course, the sea and the beautiful blue sky are just the resort atmosphere.

the way down the sea from the side of the golf course

As you get off the slope, you will arrive at Hanashiro Beach. Just swim a fun after coming here. There is building that have become ruined and there are also a lot of people who barbecue under this building. The sea that sees across the ruins is the snorkel spot I recommend.

building that have become ruined

  • Address : 901-0513 Hanashiro, Yaese town, Okinawa Japan
  • Parking : free parking
  • Good season : From the beginning of June to the end of September is recommended
  • Depth : 0.5m~4m (It depends on places and the flow of the tide)
  • Toilet : There is a free toilet in the parking lot
  • Shower : There is a 100 yen hot water showers in the toilet
The toilet and shower at Hanashiro beach

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Notes on swimming at Hanashiro Beach

The Hanashiro beach is not a dangerous beach, but it is still a natural beach so there are notes I want to let you know in order to enjoy the sea of Okinawa safely. In order to enjoy the sea of Okinawa safely, please pay attention to the following points.

1. Let's prepare exercise

Feeling rises in the sea of Okinawa, you suddenly swim and your legs stick. Not only does this hurt, you feel quite dented. In order not to do so, let's get into the sea by doing a preparatory movement properly.

2. Attention to sunburn

The sunlight in Okinawa is quite amazing. The amount of ultraviolet rays is about ten times that of Japan main island! Swimming for 1 or 2 hours will pretty get sunburned. You can not prevent sunblocks alone. You can not be relieved even in a cloudy sky. As you are swimming, you are wet in the water, so you do not notice the burning on the sun. So I'd recommend swimming in clothes like Rush guards. It is stretchy and easy to move, it is perfect for swimming in the sea as it dries quickly. It also serves to prevent scratches. A woman makes it difficult to see the body line.

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3. Attention to scratches and cuts by coral

Hanashiro beach is a natural beach, so coral reefs and rocks are natural as it is. Moreover, the rock was exposed at low tide, very slippery,So your walking and swimming may cause injuries such as scratches or cuts. Especially because the feet are easy to get hurt, I recommend you to wear Marine shoes and swim. Marine shoes are the best because sandals will take off. Since you can buy it at around 1,000 yen, please prepare for injury prevention.

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4. If not good at swimming and children should wear life jackets

The sea has high tide and low tide, depending on the time, the water depth is different even in the same place. At low tide, the water depth may be 1 m or less, but 2 m or more at high tide. Even at low tide, there are places where your legs can not reach depending on the location. Even floating bags are okay, but Life jackets are the best to swim with tropical fish with underwater glasses on. When you are wearing a life jacket, it is safe and secure as it will not sink.

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5. If you want to shoot underwater videos with smartphones, there are items like this

The underwater videos introduced on this page were taken with a smartphone. I shot a normal smartphone with a Waterproof case. If you have a waterproof case like the picture below, everyone can easily shoot underwater videos. Because it can be used in the sea or in the pool, it is perfect for the summer leisure! However, in the water, the touch panel of the smartphone can not be used at all. This can not be helped. . . . As a precaution, you had better use waterproof tests with tissue before use.

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6. Attention to the flow of the tide

The sea repeats high tide from low tide to low tide from high tide at roughly 12 hour cycle. In the case of low tide from high tide the tide draws, so the water depth gradually becomes shallow. Just as seawater draws, it flows in a direction away from the coast. At high tide from low tide is the reverse flow. Tide forecast.com is good. The link destination is Naha's data, but the time of the tide level does not change so much depending on the location, so you recommend you check in advance.

7. If you want to know more about the beautiful beaches of Okinawa, these books are recommended

I introduce the books that I actualy bought as reference. As for "Okinawa beach great 505", I often admire that he has studied only this much, and many beaches of Okinawa are introduced with photos. "Okinawa Snorkeling Guide" is featured 50 points carefully selected for beginners to enjoy. I also want to swim all seas. I will do my best to make it possible.

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Please be careful, safe and enjoy the Okinawa beach.

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