The islands of Aka (阿 嘉島) and Geruma (慶留間島) reside just ten minutes from Zamami island (座間味) by speedboat, making them a popular choice for visitors to visit. Let’s take a quick look at what they have to offer our tourists as part of their stay.
Taking a boat trip to either island from Zamami will allow you to explorer both islands, as they’re connected by a road bridge. While Zamami is home to over 600 residents, Aka is the second biggest with around half that at 300 inhabitants, and Geruma much smaller with just 60.
Aka is the most northerly, with Geruma sitting just south. There’s also Fukaji island further south still, home to the local Kerama airport.
Information Desk (インフォメーションデスク)
You can find information points on the islands, and there are maps available to help you find your way around.
While efforts have been made to make information available for you at the information desks near the island’s arrival points, it’s best not to rely on English speaking staff. Many people do speak good English, but it can feel like a lottery who will be on duty at a given time.
Speak to staff at your accommodation who are likely to be able to tell you what you’re needing to know, or at the very least point you in the direction of someone that does!
Wildlife ( 野生動物 )
One common theme in tourism guides for Aka and Geruma are the local deer, home to these islands for four centuries. While they tend to leave the beaten track once the population gets out and about in their daily life, if you head out onto the islands early, you’re in with a great chance of spotting the Kerama deer.
Internet ( インターネット )
Unlike on Zamami, wifi is less prevalent on Ama and Geruma. If you need a connection quickly and are struggling, your best bet is to head for hotels who may have free access available for visitors.
Supermarkets ( スーパーマーケット)
Unlike the broader options available for purchasing food we talked about on Zamami, the selection is a little more limited on these islands. Here’s what is available though…
Accessible upstairs in the Minshuku hotel, you can find a limited selection of food snacks including ice cream and alcohol. It’s intended for quick snacks for hotel residents, but available for anyone to shop at.
Kakinohana Shouten Store
Again, there’s a very limited food selection, but you’ll find this one by the post office on Aka.
Taxi ( タクシー )
If you need a taxi on Aka or Geruma, perhaps to visit the beach, or airport or observation deck on Fukaji island, call 090-5733-2627.
Police ( 警察 )
There is no police officer on Aka, Geruma or Fukaji, so you’ll need to contact Zamami’s officer if required. Hotel staff can assist in the unlikely event of an emergency.
Medical Assistance (医療扶助)
As with Zamami, a small clinic is available on Aka. They usually have staff on duty who speak basic English. If you contact a resident they will be able to guide you in getting the help you need.