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WHALE WATCHING TOUR INFORMATION

The tour of this season is until April 5.

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 : ¥5,400
Child (6-11years) : ¥2,700
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

9:00 High-speed boat “Queen Zamami” leaves from Naha
9:50 Arrives in Zamami
10:30 Whale Watching boat tour starts from Zamami Port
12:30 Returns to Zamami Port *Free time afterward
14:00 Ferry Zamami leaves for Naha
16:20 Queen Zamami leaves for Naha
16:00 Ferry zamami arrives in Naha
17:10 Queen Zamami arrives in Naha

Afternoon Whale Watching

10:00 Ferry Zamami leaves from Naha
12:00 Arrives in Zamami
13:00 Whale Watching boat tour starts from Zamami Port
15:00 Returns to Zamami Port *Free time afterward
16:20 Queen Zamami leaves for Naha
17:10 Queen Zamami arrives in Naha

 

For reservations

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.

【Queen Zamami】
50~70 minute-ride from Tomari Port in Naha One-way ¥3,140 Round-trip ¥5,970

Tomari Aka Aka Zamami Zamami Aka Aka Tomaari
Departure Arrival Departure Arrival Departure Arrival Departure Arrival
1st 09:00 09:50 10:00 10:10 10:20 11:10
2nd 15:00 15:50 16:00 16:10 16:20 17:10

 

【Ferry Zamami】
90~120 minute-ride from Tomari Port in Naha One-way ¥2,120 Round-trip ¥4,030

Tomari Aka Aka Zamami Zamami Aka Aka Tomari
Departure Arrival Departure Arrival Departure Arrival Departure Arrival
09:00 11:30 11:45 12:00 14:00 14:15 14:30 16:00

 

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

Character

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.

Habitat

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.

Behavior

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.


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