This trip won't just give you two or three, but actually four islands in just one day! Embark on this trip around Okinawa's four most popular islands, Iriomote, Yubu, Kohama, and Taketomi! Go island hopping, ride boats, go sightseeing in buffalo carts, taste traditional Okinawan cuisine, enjoy lush gardens, and more! Your tour begins when you depart from your chosen meet up location on Ishigaki Island. From Ishigaki Port Terminal, you'll be taking a boat to Ohara Port on Iriomate Island. Enjoy the views of the waters and the Japanese mangroves (the largest in all of Japan!) when you go on the Nakama River Mangrove Cruise. Take a bus to the water buffalo cart area and ride this one-of-a-kind experience of being pulled by a buffalo to Yubu Island. Depart from Ohara Port and head over to Kohama Island, where you'll be served with a delicious lunch. Explore this beautiful island via a bus tour which includes stops to famous locations in the area, like Sugar Road, Kohagurasou, Village Area, West Ufudaki Lookout, and more! Head to Taketomi Island as the final island of this trip, where you can opt to take a tour around it by either a bus or a water buffalo. Either way, you'll definitely be blown away by the natural beauty of Taketomi Island. Go back to your accommodation fuss-free with boat and bus transfers.
Explore the treasured gems of Okinawa, the islands of Iriomote and Yubu, on this exciting tour. Iriomote Island is the largest of the Yaeyama island and the second largest in Okinawa prefecture. This jungle-clad island teems with incredible wildlife. On the island, you'll take a cruise through the mangrove-lined banks of the Nakama River, followed by a buffalo cart ride to Yubu Island. Yubu Island hosts a charming subtropical garden. Here you can admire the butterfly garden, shell house, and more than 100 varieties of flowering plants and trees, before you take the water buffalo cart back to Mihara, where the tour ends.
The boat ride is really worth it. It's unfortunate that there's no English translation or any English pamphlet. The lunch was good too. I like the idea that there is an explanation on the table of the contents of the lunch box even if it was in Japanese only. The buffalo ride is much better than the one we had on the other island, much more humane and enjoyable. The tour is good for both adults and children