Island Camping and Dolphin Swimming Trip

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

5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)
3 days


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


Japan Travel takes you on a spectacular adventure to Miyakejima Island - swim with friendly wild dolphins, go snorkeling, scuba diving, explore the island, or just take a dip in an "onsen" hot spring and relax!


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 get very close and swim alongside people. 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. This makes 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, party, and even sleep up on the top decks during the cruise. We will stay at an ocean facing campsite with 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 eco-tourism in Japan and there are strict limitations 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 dolphin swimming experience.

Only a maximum of 10 people on the dolphin swim boat so space is limited, sign up as soon as you can!

Tour dates:
September 14 - 16 (Friday night to Sunday night) - Peak season - From 36,000 yen

Tour Itinerary:
Day 1 (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

Day 2: 
Around 5 am: Arrive in Miyakejima island 
• Transport to the campsite
• Have breakfast (not provided)
• Collect and try on rentals
• Take a short nap
• Snorkelling lesson, Dolphin Swim, free time, lunch (not provided), and "onsen" hot spring
7 pm: Dinner
• Bonfire party

Day 3
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)
  • Dolphin swimming trip (includes boat, guides, skipper, and pick-up/drop-off)
  • Land transportation (Pier-campsite-Pier)
  • One (1) night campsite accommodation
  • Dinner for Day 2
  • Breakfast for Day 3
  • 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: Sep 14 - 16
  • Birthday on Sept 14 - 16 (3,000 yen)
  • Early bird discount (2,000 yen/person) *Pay before Tue, Aug 14 by 3 pm (1 month before)
  • Group of 4 or more (1,000 yen/person) *Group leader required; *Can't be used with promo code.

    Optional activities:
  • Sightseeing (3,000 yen) *Shuttled by van or bus to nice and interesting sightseeing spots
  • Snorkeling lesson (4,400 yen)
  • 2 beach dives (10,800 yen) *Gear rental not included *Will be arranged depending on conditions, boat availability, and diver experience
  • 2 boat dives (17,280 yen) *Gear rental not included *Will be arranged depending on conditions, boat availability, and diver experience

    Gear rentals:
  • Wetsuit (1,500 yen / 2000 yen for L size or OWS )
  • Snorkeling kit set (1,400 yen) {Snorkel, Mask, Fins, & boots}
  • Snorkel and mask only (700 yen)
  • Boots and fins (700 yen)
  • Dry bag (500 yen)

    Camp rentals:
  • Tent (2,500 yen per person {2-3 ppl share})
  • Sleeping bag rental (1,000 yen)
  • Inflatable Mat (1,400 yen)* Limited supplies
  • Foam mat (500 yen)

    *** Let us know your choice of optional activities, gear rental and/or camp rentals via email ( or our website chat window. Alternatively, we can confirm these with you once you book the tour. 

          Important Information:

  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Please note: We are swimming and snorkeling with the dolphins, not Scuba diving. This is a separate activity and you are able to do both.
  • 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.
  • 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 several days prior to the tour departure. 

Organised by Japan Travel KK

3 reviews for Island Camping and Dolphin Swimming Trip

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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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