Ishigaki Island nature experience. Swim with the majestic sea turtles and then relax and take in the breathtaking views of the island.

Okinawa, Japan

Experience hosted by 靖英

3.5 hours, Hosted in Japanese and English
Committed to safety
This Host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 6 people
Includes equipment

What you'll do

Swim with endangered species of sea turtle on Ishigaki Island and enjoy the spectacular view from the top of Mt.Yarabu-dake. There are three types of sea turtles found on the Island, two are an endangered species and the other sea turtle is very rare and near extinction.

When swimming with these majestic creatures the sensation feels like you're flying through the sea next to them which gives you a great sense of calmness.

Another special place on the Island is Mt.Yarabu-dake that can be easily hiked to in about 10 minutes with a superb view from the summit terrace called "Troll's tongue". The clean and refreshing wind is a perfect combination to refresh your mind and admire the view.

Let's enjoy the magnificent sea and mountains of Ishigaki Island together.
Other things to note
Please when in the water don't touch or chase after the sea turtles even if they are nearby for your safety and theirs. The encounter rate is around 80% so please understand that you can't have a refund if you don't encounter a sea turtle.
Swim with endangered species of sea turtle on Ishigaki Island and enjoy the spectacular view from the top of Mt.Yarabu-dake. There are three types of sea turtles found on the Island, two are an endangered species and the other sea turtle is very rare and near extinction.

When swimming with these majestic creatures the sensation feels like you're flying through the sea next to them which gives you a great sense of calmness…

What's included

  • Equipment
    We provide Snorkel equipment, life jackets and an underwater camera to capt...

Meet your Host, 靖英

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 91 Reviews
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I have a qualification in marine safety so you can snorkel with confidence and fully embrace the experience. I can skin dive about 10m or more which allows me to take a memorial photo of you underwater. I am also familiar with many scenic spots around the Island that are not published in tourist magazines of which I have previously taken celebrities.
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Where you'll be

The main snorkeling area is performed at a spot that allows us to easily find sea turtles in a semi enclosed area of osaki beach. Life jackets and snorkel equipment are fully equipped so you can enjoy the experience with confidence even if you`re not good at swimming. Besides sea turtles you will see many colorful fish from southern countries such as clownfish famous for Nemo, lion fish, sea snakes, moray eels and variety of marine life. Ishigaki Island is well known for the fantastic and beautiful underwater scenery especially the many coral reefs that surround the island.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 91 reviews.

Sally
September 2021
This was a fantastic time! The host knew where to go to see sea turtles and kept the group moving at a great speed. Our group had very strong swimmers so he took us pretty far and pretty deep to see great ocean life! It was absolutely a local showing us the way :) after snorkeling for a few hours, he took us on a lovely short hike that had an amazing view. During the whole adventure, he took awesome photos! 10/10 would recommend.
Takaaki
September 2021
本当にウミガメ達と至近距離で泳ぐことができました。とても貴重な体験でした!
George
September 2021
Shiro-san was an amazing guide and showed us all sorts of sea creatures (including his sea turtle friends). Was an incredibly wonderful snorkel session + a great short hike afterwards. It was also nice that he took a lot of great snorkeling photos, allowing us to fully focus on enjoying the ocean and sea life around us. Will definitely recommend to all my friends, beginners or advanced snorkelers!
Cha
September 2021
We had a great experience! We got to see a lot of sea creatures. He is an excellent guide, knowledgeable and experienced person. We were very impressed and lucky to have him. And also he took great photos of us. I would definitely recommend him.
実祐徒
September 2021
自分たちの最高の思い出作りになりました。相方はシュノーケリングが初めてでしたが、ホストさんのおかげでまたやってみたいと思ってるみたいです。丁寧に泳ぎ方やシュノーケルの使い方を教えてくれたり、自分たちのペースに合わせてツアーを催行してくれたりと、参加者目線で優しい方でした。ありがとうございます。
吉村
August 2021
予想以上の素晴らしい体験ができました!海ガメと珊瑚、山頂からの絶景&ホストのホスピタリティに感激です。親子の良い思い出となりました。

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Activity advisory

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Know your comfort level
Please note outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

Wearing a swimsuit.