Okinawa Prefecture can be divided into three major island groups, the Okinawa Islands, the Miyako Islands, and the Yaeyama Islands. The seas surrounding Okinawa’s islands are considered among the world’s most beautiful with coral reefs and abundant marine wildlife. Consequently, Snorkeling and Scuba diving are among Okinawa’s top attractions. Of the Yaeyama Islands, Ishigaki Island is the most populated and serves as the region’s transportation hub. Other islands include the jungle covered Iriomote Island and Taketomi Island, famous for its beautifully preserved, traditional Ryukyu village.