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Naha, Okinawa: Kerama Islands Half-Day Whale Watching Tour

1. Naha, Okinawa: Kerama Islands Half-Day Whale Watching Tour

Embark an unforgettable whale watching boat trip along the blue waters of Okinawa. Benefit from round-trip transportation from Naha and join an experienced crew in the search for Humpback whales.  Start your sea adventure with pickup from your hotel or designated pick-up point the head to the Naha port to board the boat, where you can sit back and relax on the spacious decks. See the Humpback whales that come every year near Naha to breed and raise their calves. Learn more about these amazing creatures during the tour, which can grow up to 15 m in length and weigh 30 tons as adults.  Witness the dynamic movements of the gentle sea giants moving in and out of the sea. Let them entertain you with their tail slaps and playful jumps from the water. You might also spot Dolphins during the trip. Observe the whales for 1 hour before sailing back to Naha to be driven back to your hotel or drop-off point.

Naha, Okinawa: Keramas Island Snorkeling Day Trip with Lunch

2. Naha, Okinawa: Keramas Island Snorkeling Day Trip with Lunch

Embark on a full-day snorkeling excursion from Naha and explore the breathtaking beauty of the Kerama Islands. Swim over colorful fish, discover stunning natural seascapes, and enjoy the convenience of a tour with roundtrip pickup service and lunch included. Start your sea adventure with pickup from a designated pick-up point. Head to the Naha office to check in and fill out all necessary health and safety paperwork.  Next, do a fitting of your snorkel gear to make sure everything fits comfortably, and then follow the staff to find the boat in the wharf. Climb on board and get to know the boat’s facilities. Go up to the upper deck to admire the views and breathe in the fresh air while you are briefed on how to snorkel. Once at sea, jump in and begin to explore the crystal-clear waters of the famous national park. Mingle with sea animals and play among colorful corals. If you’re lucky, you might spot sea turtles.  Head to two different points to see different seascapes. Along the way, take a break and enjoy a lunchbox to replenish your energy. Use the hot showers on the boat when you are done swimming. Afterward, sail back to Naha port and be driven back to your drop-off point.

Ishigaki Island: Sunset Cruise with Unlimited Drinks

3. Ishigaki Island: Sunset Cruise with Unlimited Drinks

Join a sunset boat cruise from Ishigaki Island and set sail for the best spot from which to watch the sun go down. Sip on complimentary drinks and see the world change color as the sun dips below the horizon. Choose a private cruise with pickup on Ishigaki Island or opt for the group tour and head to the meeting point. Then, once you arrive at the harbor, hop aboard your boat and start your sunset cruise. Begin with a tour of the harbor and sip on a refreshing drink while you marvel at views of the city from the water. From here, you'll travel to the perfect spot to admire the sunset. Spend around 20 minutes here, watching everything around get bathed in a warm glow as the sun slowly disappears below the horizon. As you make your way back to the harbor at the end of your cruise, look forward to seeing the city lights glimmering in the distance, showing you a different side of Ishigaki Island. Your tour concludes with a transfer back to the meeting point or your accommodation, depending on which option you booked.

Japan: eSIM Mobile Data Plan

4. Japan: eSIM Mobile Data Plan

Make your trip to Japan hassle-free with a convenient eSIM data plan of your choosing. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage allowing you to easily upload your photos, navigate on maps, and communicate with your friends. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, choosing from a variety of data packages, validity options, and even having the option of adding coverage in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your vacation. Choose a zero-waste solution and avoid the trouble of having to manage multiple SIM cards. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. All iPhone models launched beyond iPhone XS can support eSIM. For Android, if you are unsure, please check with the guideline photo for eligibility. If you can not connect to the internet after installing this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GetYourGuide voucher. APN (Access Point Name): vmobile.jp Local operator: Docomo

Ishigaki Island: 2-Hour Miyara River Kayaking Tour

5. Ishigaki Island: 2-Hour Miyara River Kayaking Tour

Explore the lush mangrove forests of the Miyara River on this 2-hour kayaking trip. Kayak up and down the Miyara River and see for yourself why the forest has been designated a national monument. All ages and skill levels will enjoy this tranquil paddle through the beautiful natural landscapes on Ishigaki Island. Your instructor will give you the freedom to explore while ensuring your group stays safe.

Naha, Okinawa: Kerama Islands Full-Day Intro-Diving Trip

6. Naha, Okinawa: Kerama Islands Full-Day Intro-Diving Trip

Embark on a full-day introductory diving excursion from Naha and explore the underwater beauty of the Kerama Islands. Swim over colorful fish, discover stunning seascapes, and enjoy the convenience of a tour with roundtrip pickup service and lunch included. Start your sea adventure with pickup from your hotel or designated pick-up point. Head to the Naha office to check-in you and fill out all necessary health and safety paperwork. Next, do a fitting of your diving gear to make sure everything fits comfortably, learn about the functions of the diving equipment, and then follow your instructor to find the boat in the wharf. Climb on board and get to know the boat’s facilities. Go up to the upper deck to admire the views and breathe in the fresh air while you are further briefed on the basics of diving. Once at sea, jump in and begin to explore the crystal-clear waters of the famous national park alongside your diving instructor. Mingle with sea animals and play among colorful corals. If you’re lucky, you might spot sea turtles. Head to two different points to see different seascapes. Along the way, take a break and enjoy a lunchbox to replenish your energy. Continue to a third scenic location where you can snorkel. Use the hot showers on the boat when you are done swimming. Afterward, sail back to Naha port and be driven back to your hotel or drop-off point.

From Ishigaki: Hamajima and Taketomi Island Snorkel Trip

7. From Ishigaki: Hamajima and Taketomi Island Snorkel Trip

Enjoy a day trip from Ishigaki Port. Go snorkeling at Hamajima, and be amazed by the marine life below the surface. After that, board the ferry to Taketomi Island and enjoy some time at your leisure. Meet your guide at the Ishigaki Port and head for Hamajima, known as Phantom Island because the island only appears when the tide is low. Take a tour and admire the scenery and emerald blue ocean. Move on to one of Okinawa's best snorkeling spots, located right next to the island. Enjoy instruction from your guide as you swim or snorkel amongst the vibrant marine life. Let them use a waterproof camera to capture you enjoying your experience. Head back to Ishigaki Port before boarding the ferry to Taketomi Island with a round-trip ticket. Enjoy this beautiful place with its traditional houses and gorgeous beaches at your leisure, then sail back to Ishigaki at a time of your choice.

Okinawa: Mangrove Kayaking Tour

8. Okinawa: Mangrove Kayaking Tour

Have fun kayaking amongst the mangroves on the Hija River. Appreciate the natural beauty and spot different plants and creatures living here in the rare ecosystem. As the river is calm, the kayak tour can be enjoyed by the whole family and all experience levels. The Hija River is just a few minutes drive from Route 58 in Kadena Town on Okinawa Island. Check in with the local partner, change into your swimsuit, and receive kayak instructions. Your guide will teach you how to paddle and introduce you to the living creatures you may encounter on the tour. Start kayaking through the mangroves. After listening to the guide's instructions, enjoy exploring the mangroves on your kayak as you look at the plants, rare birds, and small living creatures living in this unique environment for around 1 hour.  After the tour you can change at the shop.

Iriomote Island: Guided 2-Hour Canyoning Tour

9. Iriomote Island: Guided 2-Hour Canyoning Tour

Meet your guide at Uehara Port and let the adventurous day begin. Jump off rock platforms into the Ōmija river, slide down small falls, and feel the thrill of this unique way to explore Iriomote Island. Feel the freedom of exploration with the security and protection of a local guide. Allow yourself to focus on the fun while the best moments are captured with a water-proof camera.

Ishigaki Island: Kayaking and Snorkeling Day at Kabira Bay

10. Ishigaki Island: Kayaking and Snorkeling Day at Kabira Bay

Discover everything the beautiful wild coast of Ishigaki has to offer on a guided, 6-hour kayaking and snorkel trip in Kabira Bay and Blue lagoon. Choose pickup from your hotel or head to the meeting point to embark on a thrilling adventure on one of Japan's most popular resort islands. Begin with a visit to Kabira Bay, awarded 3 stars from the Michelin Green Guide for its crystalline waters, white sandy beaches, and a string of small islands just off the coast. After kayaking, tuck into a lunch of local food. After refueling on traditional cuisine, head to the Blue Cave and explore it by snorkeling. Then enjoy dropoff back at your hotel or meeting point.

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What people are saying about Okinawa

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 115 reviews

Kayaking was fun and the guide was very friendly, helpful and able to communicate in English well. Despite being the only non-Japanese speaker the guide made sure to explain everything during the tour in English and Japanese

Works perfectly in Tokyo with a good speed Be careful, you still have to scan the QR code so either have it printed beforehand, or have a second phone to be able to send it on it and then scan it

Pick up from hotel, nice staff, clear instructions, lot of time for snorkeling and enough time for diving. I'm happy I did it. Great experience. Plus underwater pictures. Amazing.

The boat ride was fun, the lunch was very tasty, the hot showers felt great and the snorkeling was really good.

Fun guides and very nice stretch of river to kayak on.