Kabira Bay

Kabira Bay © Iry

A beauty that can’t be captured

Kabira Bay is a bay located on Ishigaki Island. With its numerous coral reefs and tropical fish it was given a 3-star rating by the Michelin Green Guide. The various colors change from blue to green in the sunlight, and Taro Okamoto, a Japanese artist is often known to have said that any artist would have trouble capturing the natural beauty here. It is also known as the place where the world’s first black pearl was cultivated.

Unfortunately, you cannot swim in Kabira Bay due to intense currents, but you can use a glass-bottom boat to see underwater. From the glass bottom you can watch the beautiful fish and coral. Most glass boats operate on the same prices of 1000 yen for an adult and 500 yen for children. Boats run at a frequency of about 1 boat per 15 minutes.


You can get to Kabira Bay by either car or bus. By bus, the nearest stops are Kabira (川平) and Kabira Park (川平公園前). There are numerous lines such as the Kabira Resort lines and Maibara campground lines that you can take there. Make sure you confirm your bus time beforehand because the number of bus departures may be limited. It is about 20 minutes from Ishigaki Airport by car. There’s free parking but it is very limited, and so if it is full you’ll have to use paid parking nearby which is 300 yen per day.

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Description: Kabira Bay

Sights Kabira Bay (川平湾)
Address 934 kabira, ishigaki-shi, Okinawa 907-0452
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Duration 1Hour(s)
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Kabira Bay