Gorilla Chop(Sakimoto Beach) | Popular snorkeling and diving spots in Motobu Town, Okinawa

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Motobu Beaches

Gorilla Chop(Sakimoto Beach) is located in Motobu Town in the Northern part of the main island of Okinawa.

This beach is famous for a large rock called Gorilla Chop.

It is also famous as a snorkeling and diving spot, and there were people enjoying snorkeling when I visited.

This beach is well equipped with swimming facilities, restroom and shower rooms.

However, there are no protective nets or lifeguards, so please enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and diving with caution.


Evaluation of Gorilla Chop

  • Transparency ・・・・・・4.5
  • Beauty of beach・・・・・4.5
  • Rest area ・・・・・・・・4.0
  • Swimming facility ・・・・2.0
  • Refreshing feelings ・・・4.5
  • Feeling nature・・・・・・4.0

Notes: This evaluation is compared with other beaches in Okinawa by Okinawa Bookmark administrator

Information of Gorilla Chop

Swimming periodNothing
Business hoursNothing
Swimming feeFree
Protective netNo
Shower roomYes
Swimming Equipment RentalNo
Water sportsYes
Official siteNone

There are no protective nets and no lifeguards at this beach, so please be careful when swimming and snorkeling in the ocean.

Recommended Points

Gorilla Chop

The large rock is called “Gorilla Chop”, although it is hard to tell from the image.

The origin of the name is not clear, but it is believed to be because the upper part of the rock looks like a gorilla chopping.

The picture was taken early in the morning, so it does not look good, but if you take a picture in the daytime, it will look like the image below.

That’s good image.

Snorkeling and diving spot

There are many snorkelers and divers at the beach.

There are many coral reefs both in the shallows and offshore, and many fish live around the reefs.

You can see beautiful coral reefs and fish in the clear waters.

There are a variety of groups and individuals who enjoy snorkel or diving.

Many people do SUP at Gorilla Chop.

So you can make a reservation from Activity Japan, so please check it.

Crystal-clear sea

The sea is very clear and very beautiful.

It was 5:30 in the morning when I took the pictures, so it was too dark to take beautiful pictures.

In the daytime, it looks like the image above.

Beautiful sandy beach

We recommended to wear slippers or other shoes to move around.

Because there are small stones at the beach.

This is what it looks like in the daytime.


The tetrapods are lined and very beautiful.

The tetrapods extend offshore for about 300 meters.

This is what it looks like when the angle is changed.


Facilities are well equipped and restroom and shower rooms are available.

Shower rooms are available from 9:00~15:30.

Rest Area

There are several rest areas at the beach.


The rules and regulations for using the facilities are described, so please follow the rules and regulations.

Access Information & Car Paking

AccessAbout 90 minutes by car from Naha Airport
Address5232 Sakimomtobu ,Motobu, Kunigami District, Okinawa
(Free parking )

There are two free parking lots.

First one is a parking lot for about 5 cars and the other is a parking lot for about 70 cars.

First Parking

The second parking is shown below.

Information around Gorilla Chop


You can enjoy ocean view from HOTEL MTB.

The atmosphere of the hotel matches the interior design, and when you look outside, you see an ocean view.

It takes about 2 minutes on foot to Gorilla Chop.

Water sports spot in Motobu Town

There are many water sports in Motobu town.

If you want more infomation, please check the Activity Japan!

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Churaumi Aquarium is a famous aquarium, and is visited by many tourists and locals every year.

You can see many creatures inhabiting Okinawa, including the world’s largest aquarium where whale sharks and manta rays swim.


This time, we introduce Gorilla Chop(Sakimoto Beach).

This beach is famous for a large rock called Gorilla Chop.

It is also a popular snorkeling and diving spot, and even beginners can enjoy these things.

We hope this article has been of some help to you.

Thank you for reading until the end.