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From Naha: Full-Day Snorkeling Tour to Kerama

1. From Naha: Full-Day Snorkeling Tour to Kerama

Depart from Naha to Tokashiki Island on a speedboat or ferry. Upon arrival at Tokashiki Port, look for a small bus with a sign that says "Sea Friend" on it. This shuttle bus will take you on a scenic journey from the port to Aharen Beach. Check in at the "Sea Friend" shop, then board a boat to go snorkeling. The instructor will give you snorkeling instructions, so even first-timers can take part. The boat will take you to the most beautiful snorkeling points in Kerama. Admire the beautiful color of the sea, known as "Kerama Blue". The instructor will accompany you in the water, so even those who can't swim can participate. Encounter beautiful corals and colorful fish as you snorkel and explore the water. After snorkeling, you will have free time back at Aharen Beach before the speed boat or ferry ride back to Naha.

Okinawa: Bus Tour to Churaumi Aquarium with Sightseeing

2. Okinawa: Bus Tour to Churaumi Aquarium with Sightseeing

Discover the popular spots from the center to the northern part of Okinawa and enjoy both sightseeing and shopping in Okinawa's blue sea and American Village.  Enjoy a 3-hour stay at the most popular location, the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. This aquarium is one of the biggest aquariums in the world where you have the opportunity to observe a variety of tropical fish.  Travel to Manza beach and explore the undersea world from a comfortable seat in the submarine Jr. II. Head towards the beautiful Kouri beach crossing the famous Kouri Bridge and take in breathtaking views, and browse for island products at the local market. Your last stop is the American village where you can stroll around and enjoy wonderful meals, shopping, and the sunset beach.  A multilingual audio guide helps you learn more about each spot you visit. Listen to a full explanation and information about Okinawa during this tour.

Naha: Tokashiki Island Day Tour by High Speed Boat

3. Naha: Tokashiki Island Day Tour by High Speed Boat

Enjoy a round-trip high-speed boat ride between Okinawa Island and Tokashiki Island. Swim in and admire the beautiful blue sea. Depart for Tokashiki Island from Naha at 9:00 AM and enjoy a 35-minutes cruise. After arriving at Tokashiki Port at 9:35 AM, a transfer service will be provided to take you to Aharen Beach from Tokashiki Port. Discover the bigger beach of the island's two main beaches, located in the south part of the island. Relax on the white-sand shores and enjoy waters that are separated into swimming and snorkeling zones. Beach huts, restaurants, toilets, and shower facilities will be at your disposal. Enjoy a refreshing swim, take a walk to explore, and feel the tropical mood. Transfer from Aharen beach to Tokashiki port when going back to Naha by high-speed boat. Take the opportunity to shop at a local souvenir shop, before arriving at Tomari port, Tomarin to finish the tour.

Naha, Okinawa: Half-Day Kerama Islands Snorkeling Tour

4. Naha, Okinawa: Half-Day Kerama Islands Snorkeling Tour

Embark on a half-day snorkeling excursion from Naha and discover the breathtaking beauty of the Kerama Islands. Swim amid colorful fish and discover stunning natural seascapes. Enjoy the convenience of a tour with a roundtrip transfer service. Start your sea adventure with pickup from your hotel or designated meeting point. Head to the Naha shop to check in and fill out all necessary health and safety paperwork. Next, undergo a fitting of your snorkel gear to make sure everything fits comfortably, and head to the boat in the wharf. Climb on board and get acquainted with the boat’s facilities. Go to the upper deck to admire the view. Breathe in the fresh air while undergoing a briefing on how to snorkel. Once at sea, jump in and begin to explore the crystal-clear waters of the famous national park. Encounter the marine life and play among colorful corals. Look around as you might spot sea turtles. Use the hot showers on the boat when you are done swimming. Afterward, sail back to Naha port to proceed with check-out. Be driven back to your hotel or drop-off point. Return with great memories and photos of the underwater adventure.

Naha: North Okinawa Sightseeing Tour & Churaumi Aquarium

5. Naha: North Okinawa Sightseeing Tour & Churaumi Aquarium

This bus tour will take you to the most popular spots in the northern part of Okinawa in one day. The first stop will be the Nago Pineapple Park where you will ride a pineapple cart and enjoy the gardens and shopping. The bus then takes you across Kouri Bridge to Kouri Island with a beautiful beach and spectacular scenery. The next stop will be the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. The aquarium is one of the biggest in the world where you will be able to observe a large variety of tropical fish. After visiting Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, you will be traveling to Okashigoten, where you will try a Beni-imo Tart, local sweets made with sweet potato. Lastly, you can enjoy the scenic promenade and its famous "Elephant Stone" in Manzoma where you also will have some time for shopping. Throughout the day, your multilingual audio guide will help you learn more about each spot you visit during the tour.

Naha: Day Trip to Tokashiki Island with Lunch

6. Naha: Day Trip to Tokashiki Island with Lunch

Embark on a round-trip ferry ride between Naha and Tokashiki Island. Encounter the beauty of nature on this day tour of the world-class Kerama Blue. Enjoy swimming in the beautiful sea. Depart from Naha on a 70-minute cruise. After arrival at Tokashiki Port, benefit from a transfer to get to Aharen Beach. Look for a microbus with a sign that says "Sea Friend" on it. Enjoy the scenery on the way from Tokashiki Port to Aharen Beach. Aharen Beach is the bigger of the island's 2 main beaches. Relax on the white-sand shores along waters that are separated into swimming and snorkeling zones. It is equipped with beach huts, restaurants, toilet, and shower facilities. Enjoy free time to swim. Take a leisurely walk around and feel the tropical mood. Admire the beauty of the clear sea waters referred to as Kerama Blue. Transfer from Aharen beach to Tokashiki Port when going back to Naha by ferry. Take the opportunity to shop at a local souvenir shop. The tour finishes upon arrival at Tomari Port in Naha city.

Ishigaki Island: 2-Hour Miyara River Kayaking Tour

7. 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.

Okinawa World Admission Ticket

8. Okinawa World Admission Ticket

Spend a day Okinawa world and explore the island's Ryukyu heritage by watching the traditional Eisa Dance, visiting the Ryukyu style houses, exploring the culture center, and enjoying one of the many local meals.  Visit the Habu snake park and museum, explore the Nanto Brewery for local beer and liquor, or simply draw your own traditional Okinawa craft at Craftvillage. Discover the limestone cave Gyokusendo, the largest cave in Okinawa spreading across 3 kilometers beneath the ground.  Choose from either a day pass that includes all areas of the park or opt for the option that only provides access to Gyokusendo Cave and Craftvillage.

Nago Pineapple Park Admission Ticket

9. Nago Pineapple Park Admission Ticket

Hop on an automatic cart decorated as pineapple as you explore the park. Ascend and walk along the elevated promenade that runs through the jungle of tropical plants and admire their fruits not only from the ground but also from the air. Learn about the history of Okinawan pineapples from informational material along the way.  Visit all the exciting areas of the park such as the botanical garden, Dinosaur Adventure, pineapple winery and jam factory as well as the PineappleSL to see mega-sized animals and insects. Taste unique food made out of pineapples like ice creme, parfaits, and pies.

Japan: eSIM Mobile Data Plan

10. 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 model launched beyond iPhone XS can support eSIM. For Android, if you are unsure, please check with the guideline photo for eligibility. To check your remaining data, you can contact the technical team via the WhatsApp/Line/Telegram number in your voucher after purchase. Detailed data usage is based on the backend data of the telecommunications company and the network speeds may vary in remote areas. If you can not connect to the internet after install this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. APN (Access Point Name): vmobile.jp Local operator: Docomo

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What people are saying about Okinawa

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 67 reviews

I really enjoyed the full-day snorkeling experience in the Kerema Islands. The staff was very helpful, friendly, and professional. The English-speaking guide did very well with her English. She did an excellent job explaining the expectations, schedule, procedures, and area. She kept us all together as a group and even though I was a solo English-only speaker I felt very included. She helped to point out a beautiful swimming sea turtle. We saw so many amazing fish, sea snakes, coral, and a turtle. The water was so clear and blue. It was absolutely fantastic! The neoprene wet suits were so helpful to keep us afloat and warm. The boat driver and the anchorman did a great job as well. Everyone worked great together to make it an awesome experience. I highly recommend this for those coming to Okinawa.

the best tour to explore the UNESCO sites Iriomote island in half day! We spent time cruising the mangrove forest with kayak and stand up paddle and watch the waterfall and the 3 natural limestone cave. we were lucky to see the endangered Crested serpent eagle in the beginning of the tour! The guide Tomo kun was so knowledgeable about all the mangroves, flowers and animals of the island, he was also helpful and nice tour guiding with family with small child. Also he took the most beautiful pictures we couldn’t take with our phones making our day memorable one Definitely worth visiting the island if you are into the beauty of the nature and animals!

It was an amazing experience! The guides were very pleasant, the boat ride was peaceful and the parasailing was great! Only downside was that the parasailing was literally maybe 5 min. For the price, it should be a longer experience in the air.

とても優しいです。 当日午前中時間があまりなくてギリギリでパラセリングに参加したが担当者のお陰様で12:05分の飛行機を余裕に間に合いました。荷物も有料ロッカーがありましたが担当者の車の中に預かってもらいました。 次回もここに参加したいです。

It was really fun. Nice experience. Okinawa is the best place to Parasailing. Wide area and beautiful beaches.