Dolphin Swimming and Island Camping Trip

Swimming with dolphins, beach camping and hot springs - all in a long weekend trip

2 days
Tokyo

Highlights

  • Explore the spectacular volcanic island of Miyakejima
  • Swim with inquisitive wild dolphins
  • Join a range of fun activities

Description

Japan Travel takes you on a spectacular adventure to Miyakejima Island - relax at a beach side campground, explore the island, or just take a dip in an "onsen" hot spring!

Details

Join us on this amazing island adventure free swimming with wild dolphins!

The setting of this adventure weekend camping trip takes place on the beautiful island of Miyakejima. The island has a dramatic volcanic past and many lunar lava landscapes, stunning rock formations, and the interaction of Mother Nature and the local people. There will be opportunities to explore the island, snorkel, swim, scuba dive, hike, go to an "onsen" hot spring, relax, and more.

This is a very popular trip, and it gets booked out quickly so make sure you SIGN UP early!

The area is home to a large pod of 200 Indo-Pacific Bottlenose dolphins. These dolphins are living in the wild, in their natural environment. However, they are very curious and often people to get very close and swim along side this is a rare phenomenon that allows us to experience friendly dolphins up close and personal in their natural habitat! It’s possible to meet small family groups, mothers, young adults and even very cute babies along with other marine life like turtles. A great trip for a waterproof camera.

We have reserved cabins on the large passenger ferry to the island with plenty of places to hang out, relax, and party. We will stay at an ocean facing campsite which has great facilities, even hot water solar showers. There are also a couple of nice snorkeling spots a short walk from the campground.

This area is a leader in ecotourism in Japan and there a strict limitation on how many people can visit and swim with the dolphins each day to ensure the environment is kept clean, the dolphins happy, and to maximize the experience visitors to the area have. There is only a maximum of 15 people on this trip so please sign up as soon as you can if you are interested.

Check out our 2018 Dolphin trip video HERE!


Tour dates:

July 27 - 28 
August 31 - September 1

Tour Itinerary:

Friday (Night departure)

9:15 pm: Meet at Takeshiba pier 
• Orientation
• Distribution of supplies
10:15 pm: Get on the ferry 
• Trip briefing
• Overnight ferry ride

Saturday 
Around 5 am: Arrive in Miyakejima island 
• Transport to the campsite
• Have breakfast (not provided)
• Set up tents
• Free time, catch up on sleep, chill at the beach, explore the surroundings, lunch (not provided), and "onsen" hot spring
7 pm: Dinner
• Bonfire party

Sunday
6:00 am: Breakfast 
8:00 am~12:00 pm: Island Tour Sightseeing (finishing at "onsen" hot spring) or free time
• Have lunch somewhere near the pier or on the ferry (not provided)
1:00 pm: Ferry check-in
• Ferry ride
Around 8:30 pm: Arrive back in Tokyo 
+++ End of the event +++

Important information

          This tour includes:

  • Round-trip ferry fare (cabin space)
  • Land transportation (Pier-campsite-Pier)
  • One (1) night campsite accommodation
  • Dinner for Saturday
  • Breakfast for Sunday
  • Cooking supplies (BBQ grill, coal, etc.)
  • Kitchen supplies (plates, chopsticks, garbage bags, cooler box, ice, etc.)
  • Basic travel insurance
  • English speaking Tour guide
  • 8% consumption tax

    Sign-up discounts (Cashback on the day)*:


    Tour dates: July 27 - 28
  • Birthday on July 26 - 28 (3,000 yen)
  • Early bird discount (2,000 yen/person) *Pay before Fri, June 21 by 3 pm

    Tour dates: Aug 31 - Sep 1
  • Birthday on Aug 30 - Sep 1 (3,000 yen)
  • Early bird discount (2,000 yen/person) *Pay before Fri, Aug 02 by 3 pm

  • Camp rentals:
  • Tent (2,500 yen per person {2-3 people share})
  • Sleeping bag rental (1,000 yen)
  • Sleeping mat foam mat (500 yen) or inflatable at (1,400 yen)* Limited number

    Optional activities:
  • Sightseeing (3,000 yen) *Shuttled by van or bus to see some of the island’s amazing volcanic scenery.
  • Snorkeling lesson (4,400 yen) * Highly recommended to get the most out of your dolphin swim.
  • Scuba options (beach and boat) available on request.

    Gear rentals:
  • Wetsuit (1,500 yen / 2,000 L size or OWS)
  • Snorkeling kit set (1,400 yen) {snorkel, mask, fins, & boots}
  • Snorkel and mask only (700 yen)
  • Fins & boots only (700 yen)
  • Dry bag (500 yen)

           Camp rentals: 

  • Tent (2,500 yen per person {2-3 people share})
  • Sleeping bag rental (1,000 yen)
  • Sleeping mat: foam mat (500 yen) or inflatable at (1,400 yen)* Limited number

          Other Important Information:

  • Itinerary may vary due to the weather, traffic conditions, and other unavoidable circumstances.
  • This trip will proceed rain or shine.
  • As there are 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 four (4) days before unless you find a replacement. There is also a late booking fee of 3,000 yen two (2) days before departure.
  • Please note: We are swimming and snorkeling with the dolphins, not Scuba diving.
  • 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. <jordan@japantravel.com>
  • 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 is mandatory.
  • Overnight ferry bunk upgrade is possible if available, please let us know upon booking.
  • Tent: 2 ~ 3 people per tent
  • Payment is okay on the day for optional activities and rentals.
  • Vegetarians will be accommodated.
  • A basic restaurant and vending machines are available on the boat.
  • 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.

Meeting point

The meeting point is at Takeshiba Pier passenger terminal. Details regarding the meeting point and the tour itself will be sent to participants via email two days days prior to the tour departure. 

Organised by Japan Travel KK

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5 out of 5

What a wonderful trip this was! The weather wasn’t too kind to us during the trip, but that didn’t stop our guide, Jordan, from making sure that we are all well taken care of (cooking us a delicious BBQ meal, setting up our tents etc). Best of all, we got to swim alongside dolphins which was a surreal experience in itself. Highly recommend this for everyone to try at least once in their life!

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5 out of 5

What an amazing experience! The trip was well organized and unique. I don’t know anywhere else I would be able to swim with wild dolphins like I did on this trip! I’m not much of a camper, but loved the beauty of the island and ability to jump into the waters with wild dolphins. Jordan made me feel comfortable and knew all the hot spots for the best photos:) Would highly recommend this trip and hope to do it again!

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5 out of 5

I highly recommend! This was a great go-with-the-flow kind of trip when I was looking to get away for a weekend. There was a lesson for those of us not familiar with snorkeling and a tour around the island, or you could spend that time in the calm beauty of the island. That was all on top of actually swimming with dolphins (they got right up next to us!) plus a stop at an onsen to wash off and relax. Thank you to Jordan and the group for a one of a kind weekend!!!

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