Mangrove kayak

If the timing is right, you can enjoy mangrove kayaking at any time according to your convenience!
Kayak tour to see the quiet mangroves up close.
While paddling a kayak on the calm current of the Urauchi River, you will observe mangroves up close and search for fish and other creatures as you proceed to a tributary surrounded by mangroves.
Why don’t you get away from your busy daily life and quietly enjoy the sounds of birds, paddling, and the slowly changing scenery of the mangroves?

Even if you have never paddled a kayak before, we will give you an easy-to-follow lecture so that you can enjoy the experience.

If you want to enjoy kayaking, “Iriomote Island” with its great nature is recommended!
Do you have any experience of kayaking? Kayaking is popular among people of all ages as an activity that can be enjoyed by men and women of all ages. So, I would like to introduce “kayaking in Iriomote Island” which is a recommended place for kayaking.

What kind of activity is kayaking?
A kayak playing in the mangrove has a wide open deck, so it is made to be small yet stable. You can enjoy the scenery while lying down and relaxing, and you can also enjoy fishing on the boat. The paddle for paddling a kayak is a “double-blade paddle” which has blades on both sides, to go straight and change direction.

Why kayaking is popular in Iriomote Island!
Do you know what kind of place Iriomote Island is? Iriomote Island is located in the west of the main island of Okinawa. Iriomote Island has a subtropical climate, and the temperature is warm all year round, about 19 degrees Celsius even in winter. Because of the subtropical climate, Iriomote Island is very famous as a mangrove island full of nature. In Iriomote Island, there is the largest mangrove forest in Japan, and it is the only place where all kinds of mangroves living in Japan can be seen, and there are also kinds of mangroves that can be seen only in Iriomote Island. Thus, kayaking in Iriomote Island is a precious island where you can enjoy mangroves by kayak in Japan. In kayaking, you can see rare animals and plants that live only in subtropical areas, and the most popular secret is that you can have a nature experience that you cannot have in ordinary islands.

Tell me about the fun of kayaking in Iriomote Island!
Nature experience that you can’t experience in everyday life!
When you look at the nature spreading all around from the mangrove river, you can feel the life force of nature that you cannot feel in your daily life. Also, while paddling a kayak, you will encounter the sounds of the river, the voices of animals in their natural habitat, and the environment surrounded by plants, which will allow you to fully experience the splendor of nature. You can enjoy the world of nature with all five senses while taking your time to immerse yourself in a world that you can never experience in your daily life.

It’s a great way to get in touch with nature!
Compared to other outdoor sports, kayaking is an activity that allows you to relax and enjoy nature, so even beginners can enjoy the experience. You can enjoy the fun of paddling through the natural mangrove forest by yourselves and slowly observe the natural world of the mangroves, so you can enjoy a fulfilling nature watching experience. In a relaxing kayaking experience, you will have the good fortune of encountering many discoveries and surprises.

Summary of mangrove kayaking tours
The kayaking experience in Iriomote Island is different from the ordinary kayaking experience. You will be able to feel the extraordinary world firsthand and learn about the fun of nature. If you are looking for a new kayaking experience, or if you want to try kayaking in the future, why don’t you enjoy the nature of subtropical mangroves that you can experience in Iriomote Island?

  • Recommended period

    All year

  • Departure time (schedule)

    Tour time: about 120 minutes
    Tour time: from 8:00 am to about 2 hours before sunset

  • Number of participants

    Minimum number of students: 1

  • Target

    Over 3 years old

  • Fee

    Adults ¥4,500 (¥5,500 for a single person)
    Child ¥4,000
    Infant ¥3,000

    ※What's included in the price
    Kayak equipment (kayak, paddle, life jacket), canoe shoes, waterproof bag, transportation

    Canoe shoes are only available in three sizes (S, M, and L). Application required.

  • Clothing / Preparation

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Mangrove kayaking at dusk

Kayak tour to enjoy the mangroves at dusk
Enjoy kayaking on the Urauchi River where the current is gentle, and spend time quietly in the fantastic evening sky and mangrove scenery of Iriomote Island as it moves toward night.

If you have never paddled a kayak before, we will give you an easy-to-understand lecture so that you will have a pleasant memory.

Iriomote Island Kayaking” can be enjoyed in the evening.
Generally speaking, kayaking has an image of enjoying nature by paddling a kayak when the daylight is bright. However, kayaking in Iriomote Island can be experienced in the evening, and we can enjoy “kayaking at dusk”. Of course, you can also experience kayaking during the daytime, and daytime kayaking has its own fun. However, kayaking in the evening has its own special charm that can only be enjoyed at that time of the day.

What is the fun of mangrove kayaking at dusk?
① “Mangrove watching under the setting sun!
The mangrove forest is filled with natural negative ions. In the mangrove forest, you can enjoy a walk on the water while the setting sun gently illuminates such a vast nature. The kayaking experience in Iriomote Island at sunset is like a painting of the world in front of your eyes, and you can feel the different flow of time that you cannot feel in the daytime.
②Enjoy the sunset!
In the kayaking experience that starts in the evening at Iriomote Island, you can enjoy the scenery of sunset and moonlight. If you go through the mangrove forest and move toward the sea, you can see the sunset at a perfect place. As the sun sets, the wind will gradually weaken and the waves on the river surface will become calm, creating a mirror-like surface (evening calm). As the sun sets, the beautiful reflection of the sun on the surface of the river gives you a great sense of the beauty of nature.

  • Recommended period

    All year

  • Departure time (schedule)

    Tour time: about 120 minutes

    Tour time: Tour starts about 1.5 hours before sunset

  • Number of participants

    Minimum number of students: 1

  • Target

    Over 3 years old

  • Fee

    Adults ¥5,000 (¥6,000 for a single person)
    Child ¥4,500
    Infant ¥3,500

    ※What's included in the price
    Kayak equipment (kayak, paddle, life jacket), canoe shoes, waterproof bag, transportation

    Canoe shoes are only available in three sizes (S, M, and L). Application required.

  • Clothing / Preparation

    ≫Click here for details on preparations

Mangrove Kayaking at Night.

Would you like to try kayaking in a mysterious mangrove forest at night? You may encounter a Yaeyama flying fox or a Ryukyu flying fox that appear at night while paddling a kayak.

Iriomote Island is a place where you can observe the stars so beautifully that it is designated as a starry sky protection zone, and especially in summer, the clear sky rate is high, and if you look up at the sky, you can see a starry sky, the Milky Way and shooting stars.

  • Recommended period

    All year

  • Departure time (schedule)

    Tour time: about 1 hour and 30 minutes

    Tour time: Starts 30 minutes before sunset (subject to change)

  • Number of participants

    Minimum number of students: 1

  • Target

    Over 5 years old

  • Fee

    Adults ¥6,000 (¥8,000 if only one person participates on the day)
    Child ¥5,500
    Infant ¥4,500

  • Clothing / Preparation

    ≫Click here for details on preparations