Dolphin Swimming and Snorkeling

2017 September 9-10 (Saturday-Sunday)

Miyakejima island, Tokyo

An amazing experience swimming with the dolphins in their natural environment!

This trip features:

  • Swimming and snorkeling with the dolphins
  • Scuba diving (beach or boat dives)
  • Sightseeing around the island
  • Onsen with stunning view of the Pacific ocean
  • 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 8)

  • Meet at Takeshiba pier at 9:30pm
  • Orientation/distribution of camping supplies
  • Get on the ferry at 10:15pm
  • Overnight ferry ride (we'll drink and party on the deck floor)

Saturday (Sep 9)

  • Arrive in Miyakejima island around 5am
  • Bus ride to Okubohama (15mins)
  • Walk to the campsite (5mins)
  • Have fun setting up the tents
  • 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 6pm
  • Bonfire drinking party
  • Stay overnight camping

Sunday (Sep 10)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Pack-up the tents
  • Join the walking/sightseeing trip around the island (9am-1pm), or go snorkeling, or just relax and catch up on your sleep
  • 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 (reclining seats)
  • 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;

  • 2 beach dives (10,800yen) *Gear rental not included *Will be arranged depending on conditions, boats availability, and diver experience
  • 2 boat dives (17,280yen) *Gear rental not included *Will be arranged depending on conditions, boats availability, and diver experience
  • Sightseeing (3,000yen) *Shuttled by van or bus to nice and interesting sightseeing spots
  • Snorkeling lesson (4,400yen)
  • Tent rental (2,000yen/person) *Shared with 1-2 other participants
  • Mat rental (500yen)
  • Sleeping bag rental (1,000yen)
  • Minshuku accommodation for Saturday night (5,500yen) *If you don't like camping *Subject to availability so must be reserved in advance
  • Signing up two days before departure (3,000yen) *Extra admin and logistics fee

Gear rentals;

  • Wetsuit (1,200yen)
  • Snorkelling kit set (1,400yen)
  • Snorkel and mask only (700yen)
  • Fins only (350yen)
  • Boots only (350yen)
  • BCD (1,400yen)
  • Regulator setup (1,400yen)
  • Weights (350yen)

Discounts;

  • Birthday on Sep 8-10 (3,000yen)
  • Group of 4 or more (1,000yen/person) *Group leader required
  • Seasoned dolphin swimmer (2,000yen) *Joined TG on a dolphin swim before
Price: 34,900Yen
Space left: 13 out of 16

Important Notes

Scuba diving
  • Itinerary may vary due to the weather, traffic conditions, and other unavoidable circumstances.
  • This trip will proceed rain or shine as it involves some complex logistics and preparation, and strict cancellation policies from suppliers (boat charters, captains, instructors, safety staff, and other equipment). There will be a 100% cancellation fee for cancellation made five (5) days before unless you find a replacement. There is also a late booking fee of 3,000 yen two (2) days before departure.
  • Scuba dive: 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.
  • To join this trip you should have snorkeled at least three times before and able to clear water from your snorkel. You should be also confident at swimming in the ocean where you cannot touch the ground. If you have any questions and/or would like lessons please contact Jordan.
  • 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.
  • Wetsuit are mandatory.
  • Overnight ferry seat upgrade is possible, just let us know upon booking.
  • Maximum of 3 persons per tent.
  • 2 persons tent available without extra charge upon request.
  • 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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