Swim with Whale Sharks in Okinawa

  • Free Cancelation - 72 Hrs Notice
  • Show Mobile or Printed Voucher
  • 2 Hrs 30 Min Duration
  • English / Japanese
  • Minimum 1 Travelers
  • Meet Up At Location
  • Come face to face with the largest fish on the planet - the whale shark
  • Travel by boat from the Yomitan shore to the whale shark site
  • Choose to snorkel or dive to get spectacular views of the gentle underwater giants
  • With a diving license, you can swim right alongside the whale sharks by booking the Fun Diving package
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  • 3 Oct 2018
    Great experience! We were able to see the whale shark upclose & there was plenty of time for video & photo taking. Friendly guides!

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What To Expect

Check an item off your bucket list when you get up close and personal with these gentle giants of the sea! Hop on a boat from the shores of Yomitan and be transported to the location of the whale sharks, where you can marvel at their magnificence from a distance when you choose to snorkel or dive. If you’re a licensed diver, you could even go a little closer and swim right alongside them! There’s nothing to fear - whale sharks may look intimidating, but are naturally good natured beings. Whether you’re 6 years old or 60, an experience like this should definitely not be missed when you're in Okinawa.

Okinawa whale sharks
Observe the whale sharks from a safe distance
Okinawa whale sharks
View the whale shark from above when you choose the snorkeling package
Okinawa whale sharks
Swim alongside the giant creatures if you're a licensed diver!
Activity Information


  • You will receive a confirmation email and voucher instantly after booking
  • In the event that you do not receive an email from us, please check your Spam folder or notify us via email
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  • 8:30am
  • 10:30am
  • 1:00pm
  • 3:00pm


  • 8:30am/10:30am/1:00pm/3:00pm meet at the port, depart for diving point (5 min boat ride)
  • Snorkeling (30-40 mins); Diving (20-30 mins); or Fun Diving (30-40 mins)
  • Return to port; shower
  • Please note: Total activity duration is around 150 minutes from assembly time until the return to the port
Insider Tips

Insider Tips:

  • Please bring your own swimsuit and towel
  • Certified divers who have booked the Fun Diving package may bring their own equipment as the package is not inclusive of equipment rental
Additional Information

Additional Information:

  • Participants over age 60+ are required to present written consent from their doctor, indicating that they are fit to dive
  • Participants of the Fun Diving package must have dived using a total of at least 10 tanks over the course of their diving experience
  • Fun Diving participants must present their license on the tour day
  • Participants with circulatory system and respiratory system issues, high blood pressure, epilepsy, diabetes and liver failure are not allowed to participate in this activity. If you are pregnant, have a hangover or have a history of heavy drinking, you are not allowed to participate in the activity. In addition, if you are experiencing health issues on the day of the activity, you may not join the activity
  • Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the activity. Participants aged 0-19 must have written consent from a parent or guardian in order to participate
  • Kindly indicate upon checkout if you will need goggles with optical lenses
  • Video taking is prohibited while swimming with the whale shark
  • You may not take a plane ride on the same day of your dive
  • You will be informed at 8:00am if your tour may be canceled due to bad weather. In case of cancelations due to weather, you will be issued a full refund
How To Use
  • You can present either a printed or a mobile voucher for this activity

Hotel Pick Up:

  • Hotel pick up services are available for specific hotels only
  • If you require a pick up service from these hotels, please inform our support team once you have booked the hotel


  • 33 Toya, Yomitan, Nakagami District, Okinawa Prefecture 904-0305, Japan (Ginowan Marina)

How To Get There:

  • It takes about 1 hour and 13 minutes from Naha Airpot by taxi
Cancelation Policy
  • Full refunds will be issued for cancelations made at least 72 hours prior to the activity
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Reviews (65) 4.6
  • AN LIAT 3 Oct 2018
    Great experience! We were able to see the whale shark upclose & there was plenty of time for video & photo taking. Friendly guides!
  • LING 30 Sep 2018
    Must go to meet these two 8 meter whale sharks in Okinawa...memorable diving experience when you get a chance to swim together with Whale Sharks
  • paul 23 Sep 2018
    the japanese guide is reli shit he is not good manner and dont help even inside the water reli reli bad klook.should not use this japanese guide's shop again didnt teach us anything didnt help for the fuction of the gear how come klook use this shop

    Reply from Klook

    Thank you for raising your concern to us. We sincerely regret to hear that you had unsatisfactory experience and we take your feedback extremely seriously. Your case has been noted and passed to the local operator for further investigation. Our specialist will get in touch with you shortly. Your understanding will be much appreciated.
  • Suchok 13 Sep 2018
    Very nice and exciting experience. Friendly staff. Once in a lifetime
  • Mathias 25 Aug 2018
    it was a great experience, highly recommend. owners are very nice.
  • Aini 9 Aug 2018
    Good experience overall, the whale shark snorkelling area is very clean and the coaches are experience.
  • Kaixin 18 Jul 2018
    Only realised when we got there that the whale sharks are kept in captivity in a net. Don't really agree with that. Anyway, the top of the net is a few metres below water surface and you can only go inside the net if you're a certified diver. If you're snorkelling, you're a distance away. Those doing a beginner's dive are hanging out along the ropes on the outside of the net. Closer to the whale sharks but still kinda lame. Maybe I had very different expectations, having done a whale shark swim in Cebu that was truly was mind-blowing– snorkellers and divers and whale sharks are all free to move, and you're literally within centimetres of these awesome creatures. Perhaps that's what I was expecting here, and therefore the disappointment. That said, it was a well organised activity with pleasant guides.
  • abigail 26 Jun 2018
    Good diving experience. We did the experience diving which was for first-timers, who did not require any diving licenses. The instructor Wang, had pretty decent English and was extremely helpful too in explaining the hand signals and what to do before diving. The other instructors were very nice too, feeding the whale sharks near to the netting so that we could observe them close up. I really loved the whole experience and would do it again after having my diving license. Only issue would be the timing, felt that we could have dived a little longer or take intermittent breaks after diving, because we reached around 10.20 but only reached the sharks area at 11.10 and went down for 30-35mins before heading back.
  • Man lung 19 Jun 2018
    One of my life checklist, dive with giant whale sharks is indeed an amazing experience. The coach is really nice and patient. Though it’s my first time experience diving, it’s still easy to pick up. Really one of the best activity at Okinawa.
  • JIAWEN 30 May 2018
    Very unforgettable experience! The agent was pretty nice and friendly!
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