At the southernmost end of the 1,000 km Okinawa island chain lies the Yaeyama group. The largest island, Ishigaki, is an established destination for Japanese domestic holidaymakers, and has a selection of high standard resort hotels to choose from and excellent beaches such as Kabira. The tiny neighbouring island of Taketomi is a rustic tropical idyll, with the white stone walls of the village houses reflecting the white sand beaches. Iriomote island is great for kayaking and the mysterious sub-aqueous 'ruins' off far-flung Yonaguni island have earned the name 'the Atlantis of Asia.' Being in the tropics, the waters are warm all year round though note that several typhoons come through each year so it is best visited outside of summer.