The sun-kissed white sand beaches of Okinawa are an easy two-and-a-half-hour flight from Hong Kong, but the difference between the two destinations could hardly be more pronounced. Okinawa’s 160 islands offer stunning diversity, from the castles, cultural treasures, museums and temples of the main island through to world-class snorkelling and diving on some of Asia’s most celebrated reefs, with pristine waters and exotic sea life.
For those seeking adventure and escape, there's something for everyone. On beautiful Kume Island, visitors can dive with manta rays or swim with sea turtles, which for many are life-changing. The island's mountains can be hiked before you cool off by plunging into bubbling streams, while Kume’s wetlands provide another unique ecosystem for flora and fauna.
Back on the main island, don't miss the dramatic northern forests, as well as amazing landscapes of limestone rocks eroded over hundreds of millions of years. The subtropical Yambaru National Park is a remarkably diverse location where around half of all of Japan’s bird species can be seen in one destination. Your only challenge will be in deciding where to head next!