Worth a day-trip from Naha. Due to a ban on development, most of it is unspoiled.. you can have whole beaches to yourself. The east side of the island is bordered by a coral reef, creating a very pleasant lagoon. There are bike rental shops and a couple of cafes in the small port village, so you don't need to bring supplies. There is no accommodation on the island per se, but a couple of local houses will take lodgers if you arrange in advance ... the last boat back to the mainland is around 5.00pm, so take care. If you have been to Taketomi near Ishigaki, it is quite similar to Kudaka.
The Japanese themselves don't seem to rate the island very highly as a tourist destination.. the lady in the Naha tourist office displayed an expression of mild concern when I said I wanted to go to Kudaka --- "nani mo nai, yo.." she said ("there's nothing there, you know.."). Well, in one sense she was right, but that is exactly its appeal. The island is meant to be a 'sacred' island to Okinawans, but that is overstating it a bit.. there are no temples, plaques, monuments, or anything like that.. just a few clearings in the woods where you are meant to pray (I guess..). The lack of signage, fencing, or concrete breakwaters is unusual and refreshing for Japan.
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