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

  1. 3.5 hours
  2. Hosted in Japanese and English
Once-in-a-lifetime
Guests say it's special and unique.
Top-rated Host
靖英's rated 5 stars by 98% of guests.

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
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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 4.99 out of 5 from 95 reviews.

宇佐見
November 2021
If you’re looking for a spectacular experience, this tour is a must!! Shiro san was super kind and friendly, this was one of the best experience I ever had! ウミガメとあんなに近くで一緒に泳ぐ事が出来た後に、ハイキングで絶景を見れてしまうしろさんのツアーは参加しないと勿体ないくらい、凄く良いツアーでした! 今回は初めて石垣島島への一人旅で、女性一人で参加するのは正直不安でしたが、しろさんはとても丁寧な対応と気さくで話しやすく、安心してツアーに参加できました! ありがとうございました!
河内
November 2021
時間調整や同行者の体調に気遣いしてくださり、楽しい石垣の思い出が出来ました。着替えのためのテントがあれば、尚よかったと思います。
Nikhil
November 2021
This is great experience and I would recommend for anyone coming to Ishigaki and are interested in snorkeling. I am a beginner, but was able to enjoy the whole experience!
Sam
November 2021
Our experience with Shiro was fantastic and we highly recommend him to anyone visiting the island. He is very friendly and obviously knows the area very well, within minutes of swimming out from the beach we were delighted to meet our first sea turtle. He kept at the pace of our group and always checked we were ok. We got to see many beautiful corals and fish, and a couple of turtles during our time in the water and finished off the day with a quick hike with beautiful views. Shiro took many videos and photos of our experience as well. Thank you Shiro!
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!

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Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 18 and up can attend, up to 6 guests total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.
The activity level for this experience is strenuous.

What to bring

Wearing a swimsuit.

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.