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Ishigaki is one of the main islands of Yaeyama and can be accessed directly from Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Naha by air. A direct flight from Fukuoka also operates during the peak summer season.
With beautiful beaches on offer, the island and the surrounding coral reef is a popular destination for snorkeling and diving. It is also famed for its crystal clear water which is home to a popular of Manta rays.
The coral colonies off Ishigaki are considered to be one of the largest in the world. An ideal itinerary might include a stay on Ishigaki and make daytrips to the other islands such as Taketomi, which is only a 10 minute ferry ride away.