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<1:30pm Afternoon Course> Whale Watching

<98% Chance to See Humpback Whale> Whale Watching on Large Cruiser!!

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Reasons to enjoy the NEWS Whale Watching Tour:

① Large cruiser - less pitching means you feel less seasick!

② Equipped with hydrophones, so you can hear the animals' beautiful whale song!

* We may not be able to use hydrophone, depending on the sea's condition.

③ We have our own information network, telling us where the best spots for whale watching are!

④ A guide who is also a whale expert!

⑤ Whale guidebook (free for all participants)!

⑥ Free pick-up service from Naha city!

⑦ 98% chance of seeing a humpback whale - if you don't see it, you get your money back! (*Please read the notes.)


Every year, from December to May, one of the biggest mammals on earth comes to the warm Okinawa sea to give birth and raise their young - the humpback whale. When this whale dives into the water, its back resembles the Japanese biwa hoshi, lute priests who were often blind. Because of this, the Japanese name for the humpback whale is 'zatokujira,' or 'blind man whale.' These titans are usually about 15m long and weight about 30 tons - sometimes, they reach as long as 19m and as heavy as 60 tons!

That is, of course, as adults. Baby humpback whales start out about 4m long and weighing 1 ton. Usually travelling in pods of 20-30, sometimes as many as 100-200, these whales primarily eat small fish, such as herrings, shishamo, and codfish. These creatures live out most of their lives underwater, but occasionally surface for air. As they rise, you'll see a spout of water shoot up from the whale's blowhole - this is how you know they've arrived!
Please have fun and enjoy the search!

Price
Adult (age 12 and over):JPY 4,200
Child (ages 3-11):JPY 3,200
Area

Okinawa

Duration

about 3 hours

Max number of participants per booking

40person(s)

Payment method

Pay when you book (credit card only).

[Cancellation Policy]

There will be no cancellation fee for cancellations made by 5:00pm on the day before the tour.

Any cancellation made afterwards will be charged the full amount (100%) of the tour price.

Booking deadline

before 15:00, 1 days prior to the activity/tour.

Special Offer
Tabiplusone Special Discount

Adult 4,800 →  4,200 JPY

Child 3,800 →  3,200 JPY


Our track record for whale discovery is one of the best in Okinawa, and approximately 15,000 people joined our tour within three months in 2016!

You have a 98% chance of seeing a humpback whale. If you don't see one, you get your money back!

* Please note that if at least 1 person observes a whale's blow, whale, or a dolphin, you will not receive a refund covered by our ""no sighting"" rule.

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Plan details and schedule

◎Afternoon Course Departure 1:30pm -> Back to port 4:30pm (Assemble 1:00pm)

* Duration: Approx. 3 hours

* Duration may vary based on weather and search time.

Course highlights

◎ NEWS has leveled up with a master and king of whale knowledge, who will teach you all about Okinawa's ocean, whale movement, and how to use the hydrophone.

We'll be doing our best to make it an enjoyable experience for you.

Come and have fun with us! (While on board, We'll liven things up with some chatter and gossip!)



◎ Let's take a ride on the NEWS special cruiser and find some whales around the Kerama Islands!

Stable with a wide open deck, this cruiser is perfect for whale chasing!! There are 2 toilets inside, so you can go whale watching in perfect comfort.

* We may ask you to board another cruiser if we reach the maximum number of passengers.


◎ Have you ever heard the sound of whales singing?

Even more amazing, they sing love songs! Want to know more? Come join our tour!

Our cruiser has a hydrophone that can listen underwater!! Come on board to hear and experience their whalesong for yourself!


◎ Depending on the weather, we may also sell raincoats on location, so no fearing rainy days!

Important notices

* This tour cannot guarantee that you will see a whale.
* If you are planning to join our tour on the day of your return flight from Okinawa, you may join the morning slot as long as your plane departs Naha Airport after 2:00pm.
For the afternoon slot: you may participate on the day you arrive in Okinawa, as long as your plane arrives at Naha Airport before 10:30am; or, if you are departing Okinawa, as long as your plane departs from Naha Airport after 7:00pm.
* This tour may be cancelled in accordance with poor weather or ocean conditions.
* Please participate wearing warm and waterproof clothing.
* You may feel colder on deck than you do on shore, so we recommend that you bring a jacket or coat for the boat ride.
* Our cruiser is large, so it will not rock much; however, we still ask that you do not wear any shoes with high heels, or any other shoes that are unstable.

[Whale Sighting Criteria]
* Please note that if at least 1 person observes a whale's blow, whale, or a dolphin, you will not receive a refund covered by our ""no sighting"" rule.

* Free pick-up and drop off is available for all passengers staying in hotels in Naha.
* Passengers not staying in Naha, please assemble at the meeting location, Miegusuku Port, by your own means.
* Car parking is JPY 500. (Separate fee - pay in cash on location)
* We do not sell medicine for seasickness. If you are concerned about becoming seasick, we suggest you buy and consume medicine beforehand.
* Anyone who is pregnant are not allowed on board.
* Children under 3 years old may not be allowed on board, based on ocean conditions.
* On the day of the tour, the staff will only be able to communicate in Japanese. You will receive written notes in your preferred language.

Meeting time Please arrive 30 minutes before the departure time!* Those who wish to be picked up: we will send a message to your registered email address the day beforehand with instructions.
Meeting location Miegusuku Port (3-chome, Nishi, Naha-shi, Okinawa; Parking lot costs JPY 500) Pick-up from Naha is free, as is drop off!MAP
What to bring You may feel colder on deck than you do on shore, so we recommend that you bring a jacket or coat for the boat ride.
Operated by NEWS
Includes boat fee, insurance, guide, whale guide book, life jacket, tax
Cancellation policy No cancellation fee will be charged if the cancellation is made no later than 5:00pm on the day prior to departure.
The fee for cancellations made any later than that is 100% of the fare.

Booking details

Date

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Fee
Adult (age 12 and over)

JPY

Child (ages 3-11)

JPY

Number of participants (*required)
Adult (age 12 and over) person(s)
Child (ages 3-11) person(s)
Total price
Required information Please inform us if you want pick-up service and, if so, what the name of your lodgings are. (Hotels in Naha city only) If your lodgings are not confirmed yet, please follow up with us later.
Remarks
Cancellation policy
(*Based on midnight Japan Standard Time (UTC+9))
No cancellation fee will be charged if the cancellation is made no later than 5:00pm on the day prior to departure.
The fee for cancellations made any later than that is 100% of the fare.

Plan details and schedule

◎Afternoon Course Departure 1:30pm -> Back to port 4:30pm (Assemble 1:00pm)

* Duration: Approx. 3 hours

* Duration may vary based on weather and search time.

Course Highlight

◎ NEWS has leveled up with a master and king of whale knowledge, who will teach you all about Okinawa's ocean, whale movement, and how to use the hydrophone.

We'll be doing our best to make it an enjoyable experience for you.

Come and have fun with us! (While on board, We'll liven things up with some chatter and gossip!)



◎ Let's take a ride on the NEWS special cruiser and find some whales around the Kerama Islands!

Stable with a wide open deck, this cruiser is perfect for whale chasing!! There are 2 toilets inside, so you can go whale watching in perfect comfort.

* We may ask you to board another cruiser if we reach the maximum number of passengers.


◎ Have you ever heard the sound of whales singing?

Even more amazing, they sing love songs! Want to know more? Come join our tour!

Our cruiser has a hydrophone that can listen underwater!! Come on board to hear and experience their whalesong for yourself!


◎ Depending on the weather, we may also sell raincoats on location, so no fearing rainy days!

Important notices

* This tour cannot guarantee that you will see a whale.
* If you are planning to join our tour on the day of your return flight from Okinawa, you may join the morning slot as long as your plane departs Naha Airport after 2:00pm.
For the afternoon slot: you may participate on the day you arrive in Okinawa, as long as your plane arrives at Naha Airport before 10:30am; or, if you are departing Okinawa, as long as your plane departs from Naha Airport after 7:00pm.
* This tour may be cancelled in accordance with poor weather or ocean conditions.
* Please participate wearing warm and waterproof clothing.
* You may feel colder on deck than you do on shore, so we recommend that you bring a jacket or coat for the boat ride.
* Our cruiser is large, so it will not rock much; however, we still ask that you do not wear any shoes with high heels, or any other shoes that are unstable.

[Whale Sighting Criteria]
* Please note that if at least 1 person observes a whale's blow, whale, or a dolphin, you will not receive a refund covered by our ""no sighting"" rule.

* Free pick-up and drop off is available for all passengers staying in hotels in Naha.
* Passengers not staying in Naha, please assemble at the meeting location, Miegusuku Port, by your own means.
* Car parking is JPY 500. (Separate fee - pay in cash on location)
* We do not sell medicine for seasickness. If you are concerned about becoming seasick, we suggest you buy and consume medicine beforehand.
* Anyone who is pregnant are not allowed on board.
* Children under 3 years old may not be allowed on board, based on ocean conditions.
* On the day of the tour, the staff will only be able to communicate in Japanese. You will receive written notes in your preferred language.

Set time Please arrive 30 minutes before the departure time!* Those who wish to be picked up: we will send a message to your registered email address the day beforehand with instructions.
Meeting location Miegusuku Port (3-chome, Nishi, Naha-shi, Okinawa; Parking lot costs JPY 500) Pick-up from Naha is free, as is drop off!MAP
Includes boat fee, insurance, guide, whale guide book, life jacket, tax
What to bring You may feel colder on deck than you do on shore, so we recommend that you bring a jacket or coat for the boat ride.
Cancellation policy
(*Based on midnight Japan Standard Time (UTC+9))
No cancellation fee will be charged if the cancellation is made no later than 5:00pm on the day prior to departure.
The fee for cancellations made any later than that is 100% of the fare.
Operated by NEWS
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