Okinawa
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Our most recommended Okinawa Family-friendly Activities

Ishigaki Island: 2-Hour Miyara River Kayaking Tour

1. 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.

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Okinawa: Churaumi Aquarium Admission Ticket

2. Okinawa: Churaumi Aquarium Admission Ticket

Pre-book your entrance ticket and explore Okinawa’s Churaumi Aquarium, one of the biggest aquariums in the world containing over 20,0000 species of marine life including the majestic whale shark. Benefit from a free audio guide to hear explanations of each of the tanks you visit. Discover the 77 aquarium tanks, which includes one of the largest aquarium tanks in the world.  Observe the magnificent whale sharks, the biggest fish in the work, and the playful manta rays. Visit the Doctor Shark exhibit and learn incredible facts about sharks.

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Nago Pineapple Park Admission Ticket

3. 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.

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Okinawa: Mangrove Kayaking Tour

4. Okinawa: Mangrove Kayaking Tour

Have fun kayaking amongst the mangroves on the Hija River. Appreciate the natural beauty and spot different plants and creatures living here in the rare ecosystem. As the river is calm, the kayak tour can be enjoyed by the whole family and all experience levels. The Hija River is just a few minutes drive from Route 58 in Kadena Town on Okinawa Island. Check in with the local partner, change into your swimsuit, and receive kayak instructions. Your guide will teach you how to paddle and introduce you to the living creatures you may encounter on the tour. Start kayaking through the mangroves. After listening to the guide's instructions, enjoy exploring the mangroves on your kayak as you look at the plants, rare birds, and small living creatures living in this unique environment for around 1 hour.  After the tour you can change at the shop.

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Ishigaki Island: SUP or Kayaking experience at Kabira Bay

5. Ishigaki Island: SUP or Kayaking experience at Kabira Bay

Discover one of the most picturesque beaches in Japan by kayak or SUP with a guide in the unique emerald waters of Kabira Bay. Start by meeting your guide at the Ishigaki port. After your arrival at the field, receive instructions on how to use the SUP or Kayak for around 15 minutes. Enjoy 1 hour to explore the surroundings and to test your aquatic skills. Whether you are an expert or beginner, the instructor and safety equipment will be on hand to support you. Get your picture taken with a waterproof camera to remember the experience.

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From Ishigaki: Hamajima and Taketomi Island Snorkel Trip

6. From Ishigaki: Hamajima and Taketomi Island Snorkel Trip

Enjoy a day trip from Ishigaki Port. Go snorkeling at Hamajima, and be amazed by the marine life below the surface. After that, board the ferry to Taketomi Island and enjoy some time at your leisure. Meet your guide at the Ishigaki Port and head for Hamajima, known as Phantom Island because the island only appears when the tide is low. Take a tour and admire the scenery and emerald blue ocean. Move on to one of Okinawa's best snorkeling spots, located right next to the island. Enjoy instruction from your guide as you swim or snorkel amongst the vibrant marine life. Let them use a waterproof camera to capture you enjoying your experience. Head back to Ishigaki Port before boarding the ferry to Taketomi Island with a round-trip ticket. Enjoy this beautiful place with its traditional houses and gorgeous beaches at your leisure, then sail back to Ishigaki at a time of your choice.

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What people are saying about 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 will take you around popular spots efficiently and without waste for a whole day. We are very grateful for picking up and off at a convenient place to stay. Inside the car, the audio guide will give you knowledge in advance, so your perspective will change. The reservations and tickets for the tourist destinations were arranged and it was exhausting. The reservation center for inquiries is also polite and you can have a good impression. If I have a chance to go next, I would like to ask again.