Snorkelling at Iriomote Island
A full day of snorkelling to encounter life in the coral reefs in the sea around Iriomote Island. An unforgettable nature experience.
Iriomote Island, the Galapagos of the East
Mangrove forests and waterfalls in the middle of the jungle come to mind when you talk about Iriomote Island. Iriomote is the second largest island of the Okinawan archipelago, and certainly the most wild, with 90% of its surface covered by jungle or mangrove forests. It is also Japan's southernmost national park. One generally goes there to paddle through the mangroves, trek or canyoneer in its jungle rivers, and hope to meet specimens of the many endemic species, especially the famous Iriomote Yamaneko, or Iriomote wildcat.
In fact, the island was chosen in 2021 to be part of the Unesco World Natural Heritage because of its unique flora and fauna, which has evolved in isolation due to the island's isolated geographical position. Hence its nickname "the Galapagos of the East".
Discovering the best snorkelling spots in the Yaeyama Archipelago
Okinawa is one of the best snorkelling spots, not only in Japan, but in Asia. And the Yaeyama Archipelago, which includes Iriomote Island, is famous for its turquoise waters filled with amazing aquatic creatures. With this day of snorkelling, you can easily explore the corals around Iriomote without having to be licensed and without heavy diving equipment.
Meet at 8am at Hirata Tourism for check in and embark on a 45 minute cruise to Iriomote Island at Ishigaki Port. Disembark at Uehara Port where you will meet your guide.
You will then leave for Barasu Island, which is made entirely of coral reefs and is surrounded by rich marine life of tropical fish, sea urchins and perhaps sea turtles for the lucky ones. The second stop will be Hatoma Island, another fantastic place for snorkelling. After enjoying the sea, you will have the opportunity to have a barbecue prepared for you. In the afternoon, your guide will take you to another snorkelling spot, chosen according to the weather and sea conditions of the day.
This is a physical activity, but one that is accessible to all. But you must:
- be between 6 and 60 years old
- be in good physical condition
- be able to swim, as snorkelling is done in waters where you will not have touch the ground (previous snorkelling experience is recommended)
- not be pregnant in the case of women
Bring towels and a change of clothes. Wear your swimming costume under your clothes.
Included in the package:
Iriomote - Ishigaki return ferry tickets
Transportation on Iriomote Island
Use of the shower
Snorkelling equipment (and wetsuit if required)
Barbecue and drinks
* The activity may be cancelled if the minimum number of people is not reached, or if the weather conditions are unfavourable. In case of cancellation, you will be notified 4 days before.