The 2016 Zamami Village whale-watching season is set to start at the end of December (December 27 to be exact)! The season lasts until the beginning of April, so those looking for an excuse to visit Zamami have plenty of time to plan their trip.
Humpback whales make their way down from Alaska to the calm, shallow waters of Zamami Village every year in order to give birth to and raise their young. Local diving operators take visitors out for two-hour trips to watch the whales breach, blow, head lunge, tail slap, peduncle slap, spy hop, and more. Small boats means fewer fellow passengers and better opportunities for enjoying the performance and taking photos.
Other unique features of Zamami’s whale watching is that the Whale Watching Association positions staff at the islands’ various observation decks to spot the whales and then relay their location to the boats. This tag-team strategy facilitates a near 100% chance of spotting whales. Due to the whales proximity to Zamami Port, whale watching tours reach their intended points in the shortest amount of time allowing for the longest amount of whale-watching possible.
Zamami diving is available year-round, and many winter divers report hearing the whales singing during their time underwater. If you’re lucky, you might even be diving during one of the few times that the whales pass through the narrow waters between the islands. Boat snorkeling, sea kayaking, standup paddleboarding, and other marine activities are also an option year-round. Recently, the Zamami Village Tourism Association has been offering guided Nordic-walking tours in the winter.
Inquiries and reservations for whale watching are accepted at the Zamami Village Whale Watching Association. Unless you speak Japanese, email is the best method for reservation (replace the ♪ mark with an @ mark):
- Email: whale♪vill.zamami.okinawa.jp
- Phone: 098-896-4141
- Tour Information: http://www.vill.zamami.okinawa.jp/whale/english.html
- Further Information: https://www.vill.zamami.okinawa.jp/whale/english/englishtoppage2.html
See you soon!