A Review of the Kadena Marina Beach - Okinawa Japan
The Kadena Marina on Okinawa
The Kadena Marina is a small facility located on the island of Okinawa near gate 1 of Kadena Air Force Base. The Kadena Marina serves a number of purposes, most notably providing a marina, beach and wide variety of recreational activities for the American Military on Okinawa.
There are marina spaces available for rent for individuals with boats and there are quite a few boats already located there.
Some are sailboats, others meant for fishing. Some are for renting or charter trips, while other boats are privately owned.
The Kadena Marina Beach
The Kadena Marina beach is a modest beach with smooth sand and a netted swimming area to protect swimmers from contacting any unwanted sea life such as jellyfish.
There are plenty of parking spaces less than 30 feet from the beach giving easy access to all beach goers.
For anyone looking for a more American-style beach, the Kadena Marina beach is a good choice because it is predominantly used by Americans and usually has Lifeguards on duty during the summer months.
The Kadena Marina is not only conveniently located, it also offers a picturesque view of a small island located in the center of the little harbor. Plus, the beach and boats provide plenty of other photo opportunities for anyone with an eye for that.
Things to do at Kadena Marina Beach
The Kadena Marina offers a huge number of services and things to do. Ranging from the beach, to the restaurant, to the marina or the scuba locker, there are so many possibilities it makes Kadena marina a one stop shop for beach and water recreation.
Here are just a few of the many things to do at the Kadena Marina:
- Hang out at the beach
- Play volleyball at the sand court
- Rent snorkel or scuba equipment at the Scuba Locker
- Go snorkeling
- Take surfing lessons
- Enjoy a meal sitting on the deck overlooking the marina at the Seaside Restaurant
- Take sailing lessons and rent a boat
- Charter a fishing trip
- Go Skimboarding at the beach
- Relax and suntan while reading a book on the smooth sand
- Have a picnic, BBQ or party at one of the pavilions located yards from the beach
- Get new snorkel gear at the Scuba Locker
As you can imagine, there are plenty of things to keep almost anyone entertained at Kadena Marina Beach.
One of my favorite things to do at the Kadena Marina beach is Skimboarding. Although the beach is on the small side, it has smooth sand and is a great Skimboarding beach when there are few people around.
Another popular activity is Spearfishing, but I would not suggest this in the confined area of Kadena Marina, it is better to go to places with open areas and less people.
Rental Information from Scuba Locker
BBQ at Kadena Marina Beach
The Kadena Marina is a perfect place for beach BBQ’s because of the covered pavilions, tables and stationary grills just yards from the beach.
I have been to plenty of BBQ’s at Kadena Marina and they are always enjoyable because of the many activates available for those who attend.
The pavilions and grills can be reserved for a small fee from the Air Force recreation services located on Kadena AFB.
For anyone who does not want to make their own food, there is the Seaside Restaurant which provides a full selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner meals as well as a Sunday buffet. The views from the deck of the Seaside Restaurant are beautiful and overlook the beach and marina. For anyone looking for a fun restaurant with a great view, the Seaside Restaurant is a fine place.
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My Review of Kadena Marina Beach
The Kadena Marina beach is a safe, secure beach for a simple day or afternoon trip. The small size and netted swimming area makes it good for families with younger children. The wide variety of beach and water activities, including kayak and Jet Ski rentals, provide more than enough to keep older children and adults occupied for hours.
The location of Kadena Marina in the middle of the island near Kadena AFB makes it easily accessible for large gatherings or BBQ’s. I have often seen large military get-togethers or parties held there.
Overall, Kadena Marina is a fine location. For those who might be looking for a larger beach, more seclusion, or simply different scenery, I recommend traveling north to the many deserted beaches on the northern parts of Okinawa. Or even visit Okuma, which is less conveniently located, but has as many or more things to do as Kadena Marina.
Where is Kadena Marina Located?
The Kadena Marina is conveniently located just a few minutes north on Highway 58 if you are leaving Kadena Gate 1. It will be on your left before you reach a large shopping area. It can be a little difficult to notice, but there is a sign directing you to its location.
Located just a little further north is a large shopping area with a many different Japanese stores. These offer a change of pace for anyone tired of hanging out at the beach, and even provide several restaurant options. My favorite place to eat is CoCo’s Curry, which is located near the shopping area on the left side of the road along HWY 58.
The Island of Okinawa, Japan