When it comes to the winter charms of Okinawa, nothing sparkles quite like the “Whale Watching Tours.”
Discover the array of utterly adorable whale-watching tours awaiting you in Okinawa, enchanting visitors from the end of December to the beginning of April!

Which whales will we see?

Humpback whales come to the waters around Okinawa Island from the cold northern seas to the warmer waters of Okinawa to give birth and raise their young.
The largest of these whales weigh about 30 tons and grow to a length of 15 meters!

When is the best season?

Wale watching tours on the islands are available from late December to early April! Witness the heartwarming spectacle of parent and calf whales, and perhaps catch a glimpse of sweet whale couples sharing the love in the enchanting waters.

Which tour company to should we use?

Okinawa boasts numerous tour options, and if you’re fluent in Japanese, a quick online search can reveal a diverse range of choices.
When making your decision, consider factors like the departure port and specific plans (some even include the fantastic experience of swimming with whales!). Plus, some tours have a refund policy in case you don’t spot any whales.

For those not well-versed in Japanese, we highly recommend Cerulean Blue, a fantastic choice offering English-speaking tours.
The okibabe team personally took this tour in 2023 and had an amazing experience spotting many whales!

Berry NAHA looks like another fantastic option for English-friendly tours, boasting an impressive 99% encounter rate with these incredible whales!

Tour pricies

Explore the magic of whale watching with prices ranging from 4,800 yen (including tax) to 6,000 yen (including tax) per participant for the tour alone.
Some options come with set plans that add extra excitement, including activities like “sightseeing at Churaumi Aquarium,” “snorkeling,” “experience diving,” and even a delightful “dinner” experience.

What are precautions to consider for whale watching in Okinawa?

  1. Dress Appropriately: As whale watching involves a high-speed boat ride to a whale habitat point, it’s advisable to dress warmly. Even in Okinawa, the winter sea can feel chilly. Opt for long sleeves that are easy to put on and take off.
  2. Secure Your Belongings: Ensure that hats, cameras, and other personal items are securely strapped or hung around your neck to prevent accidental falls into the sea during the exciting boat ride.
  3. Special Considerations: Pregnant women and infants may have restrictions on boarding. Make sure to check the conditions of participation at the time of booking to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

By taking these precautions, you can fully enjoy the enchanting world of whale watching in Okinawa!Witness the awe-inspiring beauty and strength of these magnificent whales!