Attention all Zamami visitors, there is currently a typhoon in the western pacific that has a high possibility of effecting Zamami. Typhoon 15, otherwise known as Goni, is currently east of the Philippines.
The above forecast from the Japan Meteorological Agency’s Tropical Cyclone Information page shows the typhoon heading for Taiwan. However, some forecasts also show the typhoon taking a turn directly toward Zamami after first going to Taiwan.
Typhoons bring extremely strong winds. Whenever there are strong winds, there are high waves. When the waves become high, the ferries to and from Zamami stop. A typhoon does not have to be particularly close to Zamami for the waves to become too high and for the ferries to be cancelled.
When it seems like the ferries might be cancelled, there is a rush to return from Zamami before the ferries stop. The result is that the ferries become booked full, and unless visitors have a reservation, they are unable to return to Okinawa Island.
Please consult with your hotel on Zamami and fully inform yourself before making the decision to come to Zamami. Understand that there is a risk that you might not be able to return to Naha when you would like to.
The high-speed Queen Zamami generally stops when the waves are around 3 meters, and the larger Ferry Zamami generally stops when the waves are around 4 meters.
This is the wave forecast for August 18.
This is the wave forecast for Thursday, August 20.