Dolphin Swimming and Snorkeling

2016 October 1-2 (Saturday-Sunday)

Miyakejima island, Tokyo

An amazing experience free swimming with the dolphins in their natural habitat. This is an unforgettable adventure and in the same weekend we explore a volcanic island and its dramatic past.

Fulfill your dreams of swimming with dolphins!

This trip features:

  • Small group swims and snorkeling with the dolphins.
  • Scuba diving (beach or boat dives).
  • Sightseeing around the volcanic island and seeing its dramatic past.
  • A relaxing onsen.
  • Beach side camping.
  • Bonfire party.

This is one of our most popular outdoor trips, and it gets booked out quickly so make sure you SIGN-UP early!

Check previous trip PHOTOS!

Trip Itinerary

Dolphin swimming and snorkeling

Friday (Sep 30)

  • Meet at Takeshiba pier at 9:30pm
  • Orientation/distribution of camping supplies
  • Get on the ferry at 10:15pm
  • Overnight ferry ride

Saturday (Oct 1)

  • Arrive in Miyakejima island around 5am
  • Bus ride to Lodge (15mins)
  • Check in (5mins)
  • Organize & check Dolphin swim gear
  • Take a short nap
  • Breakfast at 7am (Bring your own)
  • Join the optional scuba diving or snorkeling lesson
  • Have lunch (not provided)
  • Dolphin swimming
  • Onsen at Fureaino-yu Hot Spring (4pm-5)
  • Dinner at 6:30pm
  • Bonfire drinking party
  • Stay overnight camping

Sunday (Oct 2)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Pack-up the tents
  • Join the walking/sightseeing trip around the island (9am-1pm), or just relax at the campsite
  • Get on the ferry at 1:20pm
  • Ferry ride (we'll drink and party on the deck floor)
  • Arrive back in Tokyo around 8:30pm

Trip Inclusion - Extras - Discounts

Sightseeing around the island

Price includes;

  • Round-trip ferry fare (deck space)
  • Dolphin swimming trip (includes boat, guides, life jacket and pick-up/drop-off)
  • Land transportation (Pier-Okubohama-Pier)
  • Dinner for Saturday
  • Breakfast for Sunday
  • Cooking stuff (BBQ grill, coal, etc.)
  • Kitchen supplies (plates, chopsticks, garbage bags, cooler box, ice, etc.)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tour guide
  • 8% consumption tax
  • Chance to meet a lot of people and make new friends

Extras;

  • Bunkbed upgrade (3,500yen) *Tokyo-Miyake only *Pre-booking required
  • Sightseeing (1,500yen) *Shuttled by van or bus to nice and interesting sightseeing spots
  • Snorkeling lesson (3,000yen)
  • Tent & sleeping mat (2,500/person) *Shared with 1~3 other participants
  • Sleeping mat rental (500 yen)
  • Sleeping bag rental (1,000yen)
  • Minshuku accommodation for Oct 8 (5,500yen) *If you don't like camping. Subject to availability, must be reserved in advance.
  • 2 beach/boat dives (10,800yen/17,280yen) *Gear rental not included *Will be arranged depending on conditions, boats availability, and diver experience

Gear rentals;

  • Wetsuit (1,000yen)
  • Snorkelling kit set (1,200yen) [Snorkel/mask, fins & boots]
  • Snorkel and mask only (700yen)
  • Fins only (350yen)
  • Boots only (350yen)

Scuba dive only;

  • BCD (1,400yen)
  • Regulator setup (1,400yen)
  • Weights (350yen)

Discounts;

  • Birthday on Sep30-Oct 2 (3,000yen)
  • Group of 4 or more (1,000yen/person) *Group leader required
  • Seasoned dolphin swimmer (1,000yen) *Joined TG on a dolphin swim before.
  • Regular member (1,000yen) *Joined a TG trip 5 times or more but cannot be used with group discount.
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Important Notes

Scuba diving
  • Itinerary may vary due to the weather, traffic conditions, and other unavoidable circumstances.
  • This event is ON rain or shine!.
  • Payment okay on the day for optional activities and rentals.
  • Wetsuit is a MUST!
  • Snorkeling lesson is recommended, even if you have some experience snorkeling, as it covers open water snorkeling skills which will allow you to maximize your time in the water with the dolphins.
  • You must have an advanced open water scuba license or have dived more than 20 times, and once in the last six months, to be able to join the scuba tour.
  • Overnight ferry seat upgrade is possible, just let us know upon booking.
  • Lodge 2 ~ 3 people per room
  • Payment okay on the day for optional activities and rentals.
  • Vegetarians will be accommodated.
  • Booze/drinks available on the boat and on the island.
  • We will take care of your bags and other belongings and will bring it to the port for you on Sunday.
  • Final details will be sent to the participants by email two days before the event.

Outdoor activities

Dolphin swimming video

Dolphin Swimming

  • Held in Mikurajima, the neighboring island. Tour duration is about 3~4hrs (30mins round-trip land transportation, 90mins round-trip boat ride, about 2hrs swimming with the dolphins).

Scuba Diving

  • One of the best diving spots in Japan. You'll see coral area on the westside and seaweed area on the east side of the island. Such sea setting is rare in the world.
  • Snorkeling:

    • Good spot just a short walk from the campsite.

    Sightseeing:

    • See and visit Meganeiwa (Spectacles Rock), Ako Lava Flow Trail, Mt. Hyoutan, Tairo-ike lake, Nature Center, etc.
    • Beach side camping:

      • Beautiful ocean view, well maintained, good facilities, warm showers, clean toilets (Western/Japanese style toilet available), bonfire woods well-supplied.

      Onsen:

      • Fureaino-yu is a very nice and clean natural hot spring facility located on the coast of Ako, outdoor/indoor baths, gorgeous view of the Pacific ocean.

What to wear/bring

  • Breakfast for Saturday
  • Sleeping bag
  • Camping stuff (if you have any)
  • Big backpack
  • Clothes appropriate to the weather
  • Outdoor shoes
  • Wind breaker jacket
  • Rain coat
  • Comfortable shoes/sandals
  • Swimsuit
  • Wetsuit
  • Snorkeling kit
  • Towel
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Eye masks
  • Ear plugs
  • iPod/MP3 player
  • Camera
  • Cellphone
  • Cash

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