Okinawa whale watching season, probability, price and popular experience tour ranking

Okinawa whale watching season, probability, price and popular experience tour ranking
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Activity Japan Editorial Department

On this page, you can find information about the " Whale watching (whale watching) Special feature on experience tours!

Naha (South), Onna Village and Chatan (Central), Motobu (North), etc. Whale watching tour recommended plan departing from various places in Okinawa Thoroughly introduce!

Reservation popularity rankings, cheap recommended plans, timing and probability, fees, costs, venues, clothing, reviews and impressions, etc. Helpful information for booking your first whale watching tour Let's check it out.

What is Okinawa Whale Watching?


Every winter, they search for warm seas to give birth. A humpback whale coming to the waters near the Kerama Islands in Okinawa herd.

is the largest mammal A tour where you can observe whales (whales and whales) at a close distance is "whale watching" or "whale watching".

On Tour, it measures approximately 15 meters in length and weighs approximately 30 tons. Giant whale show time can enjoy

And if I'm lucky again, I'll bring a baby whale Encountering parent and child whales .

A number of tours where you can experience the dynamic mystery of nature, Extremely popular for Okinawa travel and sightseeing in winter proud of


Okinawa whale watching season

Okinawa whale watching season, probability, price and popular experience tour ranking

The season when you can enjoy whale watching in the waters near Okinawa changes every year. From late December to early April is.

During the tour period, several boats depart in one day. Set sail for the best spots where humpback whales live doing.

In addition, although they are wild whales, during the season of December, January, February, March, and April, Encounter rate exceeds 90% It is said that

Because you can enjoy the overwhelming force and excitement Planning a Winter Trip to Okinawa for Whale Watching Many people do.


Okinawa whale watching fee

Okinawa whale watching season, probability, price and popular experience tour ranking

" How much does Okinawa whale watching cost? I think there are many people who want to know about the tour participation fee.

At Activity Japan, Lowest monitor price from 4,600 yen (tax included) We introduce experience tours that can be reserved.

A tour to enjoy whale watching alone is per participant Prices range from 4,800 yen (tax included) to 6,000 yen (tax included) is.

In addition, "snorkeling" and "experience diving" etc. We are also introducing advantageous set plans that you can enjoy together with other Okinawa activities is.

If you can't see it, there is also a full refund system!

The whale encounter rate of the Okinawa whale watching experience tour exceeds 90%, In rare cases, whales cannot be seen I have.

In that case" Full refund if no whale sightings There are several plans that have a system called ", so you can make a reservation with confidence.


Okinawa whale watching clothes

Okinawa whale watching season, probability, price and popular experience tour ranking

Enjoy whale watching in Okinawa Winter season (December to April) is.

Even in Okinawa, which has a hot, humid and warm climate, Temperatures will drop and cooler days will increase .

In addition, whale watching is an activity that can be enjoyed on a ship, Characteristics of strong sea breeze there is.

Therefore, the sensible temperature is lower than on the ground Prepare an outerwear to protect against the cold We recommend that you keep it.

Below is a summary of the recommended clothing when participating in Okinawa whale watching.

  • Long-sleeved shirts, sweatshirts, etc.
  • long pants
  • hat
  • sunglasses
  • Raincoat (waterproof outerwear)
  • Such

Even in winter, the sunlight is strong on the sea, It is safe to wear sunglasses and a hat can enjoy to

In addition, in preparation for sudden weather changes and splashes Prepare a raincoat (waterproof outerwear) It is a good idea to keep

Required when boarding a ship Life jacket (floating vest) rental fee is included in the tour price is common.


Precautions for Okinawa Whale Watching

Okinawa whale watching season, probability, price and popular experience tour ranking

From here Precautions when participating in the Okinawa whale watching experience tour I will review.

below typical 3 points Please follow the rules of the whale watching experience tour you participate in and enjoy it safely.

Cold protection measures

Whale watching spot offshore It feels chilly because the wind is stronger than on land .

Therefore, on Prepare outerwear and winter clothes that can be worn alone We recommend that you keep it.

Both windproof and waterproof A nylon mountain jacket is recommended. will be

Measures against seasickness

Whale watching basically has a lot of time to be shaken on the ship, Measures against seasickness and motion sickness are essential is.

If you are prone to motion sickness, Take motion sickness medicine about 30 minutes before departure would be good. (You may be able to purchase options on the tour)

again, Avoid extreme satiety, not to mention drinking just before and heavy drinking the day before It is also an effective way to prevent seasickness.

Advance reservation

When participating in the Okinawa whale watching experience tour, Advance reservations must be made online let's take

By making a reservation early, Secure boarding slot for desired date and time Not only can it be done, but there is also the advantage that the reception on the day can be done smoothly.

You can also book at a great price. Even when you can use discount campaigns and coupons I have.


Venue for Okinawa Whale Watching

Okinawa whale watching season, probability, price and popular experience tour ranking

About Okinawa Whale Watching " where is it held? "or" where do you get on the boat from? Isn't there a lot of people who have doubts?

The venue (boarding place) of the Okinawa whale watching tour is Mainly Naha (southern), Onna village and Chatan (central), Motobu (northern) You can select from

Below, Recommended experience tour plans and reviews/word-of-mouth experiences for each of the three places Introducing

Whale watching recommended plan from Naha

[Departure from Naha / Operates twice a day♪] ★ Full refund & pick-up from Naha city ★ Many other benefits! Popular whale watching tour♪

Cerulean Blue (Cerulean Blue OKINAWA)
Naha
4,800 Yen~ (tax included)
  • 3.9
  • (4 reviews and testimonials)

★Full refund if you don't meet a whale! (*2022/12/24-2023/1/31 & 2023/4/1-4/2 are not eligible for refund) or free re-boarding! (During the period) ★ Whale postcards and handbook gifts! ★ Free pick-up from hotels in Naha city included! ★ If you get seasick, you can get "candy" as a gift! ★Raincoats and other goods

Introduction of reviews and word-of-mouth experiences

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We went on New Year's Day. It was great to see whales too. If you are drunk, you should take medicine. It seems that it is difficult for the staff to take care of them, and it is also difficult for myself. Don't lick the sea! I don't get drunk, so I really enjoyed it. Early in the new year, it looks like it's going to be a good omen and a fun year.
4.5 ★★★★☆ Experience date January 2020

Whale watching recommended plan from Onna village

[Okinawa Onna Village] Winter only! Whale watching ~ About 1 hour by car from Naha Airport

Okinawa Blue Link
Blue Cave/Onna Village
5,500 Yen~ (tax included)

Whales, the world's largest mammals, come to Okinawa only from winter to spring! See the huge size of whales right before your eyes! There is no doubt that it will be a wonderful memory! Please listen carefully to the boarding instructions from the staff so that you can watch safely!

Introduction of reviews and word-of-mouth experiences

There are currently no reviews or testimonials for this plan

Whale watching recommended plan from Chatan

[Okinawa Chatan departure whale watching] Winter only! Whale watching tour by large cruiser ☆ Full refund guaranteed from February to March ☆ plan details

Okinawa Diving Shop Island Message
Cape Zanpa/Yomitan/Chatan
4,900 Yen~ (tax included)
  • 5.0
  • (1 review and testimonial)

Let's go to observe wild whales with a limited plan from January to March! The largest cruiser in the prefecture not only has a great view, but also has separate toilets for men and women, a dry room with a sofa that can withstand rain and wind, etc., making it a safe environment for women and small children. The departure point, Chatan-cho, is convenient for access from the northern part of the Onna Village resort hotel area, and the tour

Introduction of reviews and word-of-mouth experiences

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The waves were calm and the weather was good, and we were able to find whales early after leaving the port. Thanks to the good teamwork of the captain and crew, I was able to fully enjoy whale watching. Moreover, I was very satisfied that I could see three whales swimming in harmony with the calf.
5.0 ★★★★★ Experience date March 2022

Whale watching recommended plan from Motobu

Introduction of reviews and word-of-mouth experiences

It was very good! ! !
One of the purposes of this trip to Okinawa was whale watching, so I was really looking forward to it. For the first few tens of minutes, no whales appeared even if I went to the point, so I was about to give up. However, the captain did not give up and interacted with other ships, changing points and looking for whales. After about an hour of sticking, I was able to see a whale! It was very impressive to see blows and to see two males fighting over one female! Also, I was able to see dolphins teasing whales, and I was able to hear the whale's cry on the boat, which was a really good memory! All the staff, including the captain, are very kind, and the ship is beautiful, so I highly recommend it!
5.0 ★★★★★ Experience date March 2022

Okinawa Whale Watching Tour Reservation Popularity Ranking

Finally, based on Activity Japan's latest reservation data " Okinawa whale watching tour popularity ranking ” will be introduced on the main island and remote islands.

Please use the boarding place and experience fee (cost), as well as the reputation and impressions from reviews and word-of-mouth experiences, to help you compare and consider plan selection.


POINT!
Many reservations and inquiries are expected for each plan during long vacation seasons such as weekends and holidays, winter vacation, and New Year holidays. We recommend that you check the availability of the schedule and make early reservations.
1 rank

[Departure from Naha/held in Kerama/1 day] Experience Diving + Snorkeling + Uninhabited Island Landing or Whale Watching

KAIZAR MARINE CLUB
Kerama Islands (Tokashiki Island, Zamami Island, Nagannu Island)
14,000 Circle 11,000 Yen~ (tax included)
Discount campaign in progress!
  • 4.6
  • (70 reviews and testimonials)

[Recommended POINT of the plan! ]・Guidance on landing on an uninhabited island with a service (April to December)・Only in winter! ! You can also go whale watching! (January to March) ・Up to 2 guests per instructor. Guide underwater with a group charter ♪ ・ Full face mask is available.・Sea turtle encounter rate is high!・Feeding experience free service!・Large or tall

2 rank

[Departure from Naha/held in Kerama/1 day] Snorkeling + uninhabited island landing or whale watching

KAIZAR MARINE CLUB
Kerama Islands (Tokashiki Island, Zamami Island, Nagannu Island)
8,000 Circle 7,000 Yen~ (tax included)
Discount campaign in progress!
  • 4.7
  • (23 reviews and testimonials)

★You can go whale watching from January to March! ★You can land on uninhabited islands from April to December! ★ Sea turtle encounter rate is high! ★ Super comfortable with a large or high-speed cruiser! ★ Abundant marine sports! ★ Uchina bento, drinks, and equipment rental are all free! ☆ Plan with nice benefits ☆ Benefits [1] Free download of group photos and photos taken on the day! Privilege [ 2

3 rank

[Regional Common Coupon Available Plan Kerama Islands / Pick-up available / 3 places tour per day ★ Free underwater photography] 1 day snorkeling + Whale service from January to March

Joy Create Okinawa Tida
6,000 Yen~ (tax included)
  • 3.4
  • (5 reviews and testimonials)

(Note) This is not a half-day trip to the Chibishi Islands, but a tour that travels to three diving points in one day, such as Tokashiki, Zamami, and Aka Island (islands designated as national parks). ●Precautions for cold days The average winter temperature in Okinawa is around 20 degrees Celsius, and the water temperature of the sea around the Kerama Islands never drops below 22 degrees Celsius. Therefore, there are many days when the water temperature is higher than the outside temperature and the water is comfortable.

4 rank

[Regional common coupon available plan] ★Kerama Islands/towels, city transportation★Based on request! 3 boat FUN dive ※Whale service from January to March

Joy Create Okinawa Tida
Naha
17,300 Yen~ (tax included)

We mainly guide Okinawa diving in the whole Kerama Islands (Tokashiki, Zamami, Aka Island area). Participation is OK even from one person! On a request basis, we will enter in a way that matches the level of the customer, and will answer big items, small items, topography, etc. This is a service that can only be provided by owning two of our own ships. Also, 3 points for the best points on that day

5 rank

[Coupons available for all regions ★Free photos and videos ★Can be split for 2 people, 3 places excursion] Authentic Kerama Islands experience diving & snorkeling + January to March whale watching service

Joy Create Okinawa Tida
9,300 Yen~ (tax included)
  • 4.8
  • (11 reviews and testimonials)

(Note) This is not a half-day trip to the Chibishi Islands, but a tour that travels to three diving points in one day, such as Tokashiki, Zamami, and Aka Island (islands designated as national parks). At JOY CREATE Okinawa, we will guide you to 2-3 places where there are many fish in one day, such as Zamami, Tokashiki, and Aka Island! Enjoy excitement and sensations that cannot be experienced in other sightseeing and attractions

6 rank

[Departure from Naha/held in Kerama/1 day] Active 2 + Snorkeling + Uninhabited island landing or Whale watching

KAIZAR MARINE CLUB
Kerama Islands (Tokashiki Island, Zamami Island, Nagannu Island)
13,000 Circle 11,000 Yen~ (tax included)
Discount campaign in progress!
  • 4.5
  • (10 reviews and testimonials)

★You can go whale watching from January to March! ★You can land on uninhabited islands from April to December! ★ Sea turtle encounter rate is high! ★ Super comfortable with a large or high-speed cruiser! ★ Abundant marine sports! ★ Uchina bento, drinks, and equipment rental are all free! ☆ Plan with nice benefits ☆ Benefits [1] Free download of group photos and photos taken on the day! Privilege [2]

7 rank

[Coupons common to all regions ★Free photos and videos ★Tour for 2 people, 3 tours] Authentic Kerama Islands experience 2 dives & snorkeling ★Whale watching included from January to March

Joy Create Okinawa Tida
Naha
13,500 Yen~ (tax included)
  • 4.8
  • (6 reviews and testimonials)

(Note) This is not a half-day trip to the Chibishi Islands, but a tour that travels to three diving points in one day, such as Tokashiki, Zamami, and Aka Island (islands designated as national parks). ★Okinawa region common coupon use registered store★This plan sponsor company is a regional common coupon use registered store. <Available coupon types> ・Paper coupons ・Electronic coupons

8 rank

[Northern Okinawa/Headquarters] Winter only! Small Group Luxury Whale Watching

Ashibee Blue (DIVING SERVICE ASHIBEE BLUE)
5,200 Yen~ (tax included)
  • 5.0
  • (1 review and testimonial)

From Motobu Town, Northern Okinawa! 10 minutes from Churaumi Aquarium! Information in a small number of people. There are two departures per day from Toguchi Port in Motobu Town. Whale-loving veteran staff will guide you to northern whales! Free pick-up service available from selected hotels in Motobu Town and Nago City! The average encounter rate is 98%! Only in February and March, there is also a refund system if you can not see it!

9 rank

[Departure from Naha / Operates twice a day♪] ★ Full refund & pick-up from Naha city ★ Many other benefits! Popular whale watching tour♪

Cerulean Blue (Cerulean Blue OKINAWA)
Naha
4,800 Yen~ (tax included)
  • 3.9
  • (4 reviews and testimonials)

★Full refund if you don't meet a whale! (*2022/12/24-2023/1/31 & 2023/4/1-4/2 are not eligible for refund) or free re-boarding! (During the period) ★ Whale postcards and handbook gifts! ★ Free pick-up from hotels in Naha city included! ★ If you get seasick, you can get "candy" as a gift! ★Raincoats and other goods

10 rank

[Regional common coupon available Free boarding on the last day of the Kerama Islands! ] PADI Open Water Course *With whale watching from January to March

Joy Create Okinawa Tida
Naha
25,000 Yen~ (tax included)

It was developed to meet the needs of people who are busy with work and can't find a schedule and want to study at their own pace. The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of 1. knowledge development, 2. confined water course, and 3. marine practice. ●Limited to children under the age of 12, we are presenting an assortment set of sweets! ●Oyster ice in August and September

Okinawa Whale Watching Frequently Asked Questions

Q Charms and Features of Okinawa Whale Watching

A In Okinawa, you can mainly see humpback whales. Humpback whales store up plenty of nutrients in the northern seas in the summer, and come to the waters near Okinawa and Amami Oshima in the winter. They travel thousands of kilometers in search of warm seas to give birth and raise their young. If you're lucky, winter in Okinawa is the best time to experience whale watching, as you might even see baby whales.

Q What are the precautions for whale watching in Okinawa?

A For whale watching, you will travel by high-speed boat to the whale habitat point. Even in Okinawa, it can feel cold in the winter sea. Long sleeves that are easy to put on and take off are helpful. Attach a strap or hang your hat or camera around your neck to prevent it from falling into the sea. Pregnant women and infants may not be allowed onboard. Participation conditions must be confirmed at the time of booking.

Q When and where can you see whales in Japan?

A Whale watching is actually an activity that can be experienced all over Japan without going to Hawaii. Whales migrate in the waters near Japan in each season, and appear in the Ogasawara Islands in early spring, in Hokkaido from spring to autumn, and around Amami and Okinawa in winter. Depending on the time of year, you can see whales even in areas where you can make a day trip from big cities, such as off the coast of Choshi in Chiba Prefecture and Nachikatsuura in Wakayama Prefecture.

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