We hopped in and out of 4 Islands in Part 1 of this series on Yaeyama Islands, Okinawa.
In this section, explore the wide expanse of ocean and the night-sky at another 6 islands, Kuroshima, Aragusuku, Hatoma, Iriomote, Hateruma and Yonaguni.
Raising stock and cattle is the predominant business, here. Hence much of this island is farmland.
"Cattle Festival" is held in February every year. Still guessing what the lottery prize is? Well, hold your breath, for it is the Cow! Cowed already, is it??
Photo：http://pds.exblog.jp/Would you like to visit around this time? Don't be cowed there is much more to explore.
Photo：Kentaro Ohno on FlickrBEST place for Snorkeling. Highly transparent ocean waters home to many tropical fishes inhabiting with closely packed coral reefs.
No airport at Kuroshima Island hence you got to take the boat ride to get there.
You can take a high-speed boat or a ferry from Ishigaki's outer island ferry terminal. It takes about 25 minutes by high-speed boat, and about 35 minutes by a car ferry.
Circle around with your bicycle at this tiny speck of land on the face of the ocean while you enjoy the panoramic view of the beautiful ocean.
Photo：http://blogs.c.yimg.jpThe beautiful sea is a breeding ground for Sea Turtles. They visit here between April and September to lay their eggs.
Panari Island (as a nickname)
Kitanohama is a beautiful beach where the blue ocean stretches as far as the eyes can reach. How about enjoying snorkeling there?
A boat runs once or twice a day to this beautiful destination.
Snorkel around the Hatoma Island and do witness the picturesque island.
There is no airport at the Iriomote Island. Please take a boat to get there! You will get a boat ride from the Ishigaki Island.
ANEI KANKO: http://www.aneikankou.co.jp/languages/e_index.html
YAEYAMA KANKO FERRY: http://www.yaeyama.co.jp/foreignen.html
ISHIGAKI DREAM TOURS: http://www.ishigaki-dream.co.jp/index.html （in Japanese）
Since Iriomote Island is surrounded by subtropical virgin forest, excursion boats or kayaking is recommended for inland sight-seeing.
Photo：ajari on FlickrThe second biggest river on the Iriomote Island accessible for river excursions by boat or canoe
Photo：http://i.gzn.jpThe biggest river in Okinawa has a mystical waterfall while merging with its tributary.
This waterfall is surrounded by subtropical plants. Please do not miss it.
Star Sand Beach
Enjoy snorkeling here, too!
Have fun at the mountain, the ocean or the river. You have much to choose from at Iriomote Island.
Photo：Travel-Picture on FlickrThis one is Japan's southernmost habited island. You can take a high-speed boat from Ishigaki Island to get here. And it takes only about an hour.
Photo：Travel-Picture on flickrThe island itself is so small that you can pedal around it on your bicycle.
Photo：http://pds.exblog.jpIt is said to be the closest island to the starlit sky, hence the night sky is worth a watch. Your bare eyes will capture the scenic beauty as a memory forever.
Photo：Travel-Picture on flickrThis beach is said to be the most beautiful in Okinawa. The enthralling beauty will surely make you drop a tear or two even while you are snorkeling. The clarity of water incomparable and praiseworthy.
Long ago it was a challenge to access this island due to the rough sea and the turbulent waves. This is reason enough for it being called “Donan” meaning "difficult to go over".
It takes about an hour and a half from Naha Airport to reach here. By ferry it is about four hours and a half. But only about 30 minutes by an airplane from Ishigaki Island.
Sure you enjoyed it!! Yaeyama Islands in Okinawa offers much more to its tourists.
Visit Yeayama Islands not only for the abundance of natural beauty, but certainly for new sceneries you've never seen before and newer experiences that await you.