WHALE WATCHING TOUR INFORMATION
The tour of this season is until April 5.
The tour fee is a change to \5,400→\6,000
High-speed boat stop because perform regular inspection until 7 February.
You can’t whale watching on day trip.
The warm, calm ocean of the Kerama islands is a comfortable home for the Humpback whales, where they return to breed every year.
Fee for Whale watching Boat Tour (about 2hours)
Adult : ￥6,000
Child (6-11years) : ￥3,000
Under 5 : No charge
Time Schedule for a Day-trip
It is possible to make a day-trip from Naha for whale watching.
However, you will have more chances to meet whales if you stay overnight at one of the many inns on Zamami island.
Morning Whale Watching
10:00 Gather the Zamami Whale Watching Association
10:30 Whale Watching boat tour starts from Zamami Port
12:30 Returns to Zamami Port *Free time afterward
Afternoon Whale Watching
12:30 Gather the Zamami Whale Watching Association
13:00 Whale Watching boat tour starts from Zamami Port
15:00 Returns to Zamami Port *Free time afterward
Please send an e-mail to Zamami Whale Watching Association at Reservation form.
We request you…
1. that you call us in the morning of your tour day to check
” if the tour is running as scheduled or not. ”
( The tour may be cancelled due to rough sea condition. )
2. that you bring some warm clothes and a waterproof rain jacket.
( You may need some medicine for seasickness as well. )
3. that you come to the passenger waiting-lobby at Zamami port
as soon as you get off Queen Zamami / Ferry Zamami.
ZAMAMI WHALE WATCHING ASSOCIATION 098-896-4141
Access to Zamami island.
50～70 minute-ride from Tomari Port in Naha One-way ￥3,200 Round-trip ￥6,080
*It becomes suspension for dock during period of attention 1/14 – 2/7.
90～120 minute-ride from Tomari Port in Naha One-way ￥2,150 Round-trip ￥4,090
About to Port
Ferry Zamami leaves from Tomari Port South Pier, in front of the ferry terminal “TOMARIN”
You can get to the ferry terminal ”TOMARIN”
By : a 20-minute taxi-ride from Naha Airport
OR : a 14-minute monorail-ride from Naha Airport to MIEBASHI station and a 10-minute walk from the station
Queen Zamami leaves from Tomari Port North Pier,“Tomari Hokugan”, a 5-minute walk from “ＴＯＭＡＲＩＮ”
ABOUT HUMPBACK WHALES
Average length and weight of adult whales are about 40 ~ 50ft, 30 ~ 40t.
The body line is curved and flipper’s length is about one third of their total body length.
Although the top of the tail is black, the bottom can vary in color including black, white or spotted.
Those color patterns are useful for identifying them.
Humpback whales live along the coast most of the year,
However, they migrate about 3200 miles to mate and breed in the warm ocean in winter,
and to feed in the cold ocean in summer.
Mother whales take care of their calves for 10 ~ 12 months.
However the relationships between other whales are temporary.
During the mating and breeding season, whales do not feed and concentrate on courtship,mating, giving birth and raising.
Male whales become very aggressive and fight for females’ attention.
Another characteristic behavior related to mating/breeding is the males’ “Song”.
It consists of refrains of low and high tones that last for 6 to 35 minutes.
The “Song” is sung only by adult males.
It is thought that the “Song” is used for their courtship and territorial display.