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Okinawa Spirit

NAHA – ISHIGAKI
10 Night Cruise

We reveal a Japan you may not know exists: a chain of semitropical, coral-fringed islands that are a nature-lover's paradise. Lush primeval tropical forests hide among the craggy peaks. Okinawa boasts Japan's best coral reefs with white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters and a welcoming casual laid-back retro appeal. 

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Sun 31 May 2020 12,95015,950 18,95021,950
Sun 05 Jul 2020 12,95015,950 18,95021,950
Sun 09 Aug 2020 12,950 15,950 18,95021,950
Sun 13 Sep 2020 12,950 15,950 18,95021,950

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Naha

On your arrival at Naha Airport, the ship is waiting alongside the Naha Cruise Terminal, just a short taxi ride away. On sailing day we commence boarding from 4pm and guests are able to drop your bags aboard from 12-noon. There are nearby parks, restaurants, hotels and attractions to visit before our 5pm sailing. We sail to Aka Island to anchor for the evening. Cocktails and dinner is served on the aft deck from 7pm while you become acquainted with your fellow shipmates.

Day 1 - Naha

Day 2 - Aka Island

Try a swim before breakfast and the crew will escort you to snorkel the abundant reef systems in this area. The tropical fish and beautiful waters are just fabulous. Onshore and you can take the 2-hour hiking track from one side of the island, over the saddle to the other side with a refreshing swim at the end. The crew will welcome you back onboard with towels and refreshments. The first officer will lead a fishing tour for an hour before sunset to provide chef with a fresh supply for the evening dining table.

Day 2 - Aka Island

Day 3 - Tonaki Island

During breakfast we sail the short distance to the mystical Tonaki Island which has been selected as a key preservation district of historic buildings and old houses of wooden red tiles on the white sand roads and villages surrounded by lines of Fukugu trees. When the sun goes down a gentle light flashes along the village roads and the neighborhood feels like you have slipped back in time to an old Kyukyu village. All the streets are spread with sand in a time-honoured tradition. It comes with a very comfortable and peaceful feeling. We stroll the town, bicycle the island and snorkel the lagoon and secretly never want to ever leave ...

Day 3 - Tonaki Island

Day 4 - Kumijima

A must is ‘Hate-no-Hama’ is a 7 kilometre long stretch of sands that are surrounded by crystal clear emerald water. There are no trees on the purely white beaches, but Hate-no Hama is actually an island made of coral. The white sands are actually made of bits of coral that have gathered over thousands of years. This place is a very rare part of Japan, and a distinguished landmark in the world. We also explore the ‘tatami rocks’ and we know that you will enjoy your stay here. After dinner we sail south through the night. Before retiring for the evening we suggest that you take a place on the top deck to view the abundance of stars that fill the sky.

Day 4 - Kumijima

Day 5 - Miyakojima

On the horizon we see Miyakojima Island. Beautiful white sandy beaches abound. Today is a planned snorkel and tender boat excursion arranged by the 1st Officer. We are also planning to berth alongside the pier tonight to give you the chance to visit this lovely township. The ships bicycles are available to explore further away from the port area as we are here for 2 days.

Day 5 - Miyakojima

Day 6 - Miyakojima

We start at Tonaha Maehama beach where white sand stretches as far as the eye can see and the water is the clearest turquoise blue. The water is very calm and shallow here making for perfect water relaxing conditions. Chef has prepared a large hamper lunch so we can stay as long, or as short, as we wish. The crew are always on standby to transport you to and from the ship while there is arranged shore activity underway.

Day 6 - Miyakojima

Day 7 - Minna/Tarama

A tiny island 2 hours south-west that is our day destination; a beautiful small gem with white beaches and turquoise waters. We plan to have lunch ashore before sailing on south with the towering Iriomote lighthouse as one of our guiding beacons. Noting if the weather forecast is settled the Captain may elect to stay here overnight at anchor.

Day 7 - Minna/Tarama

Day 8 - Iriomote Jima

Iriomote is one of Japan's most natural environments with over 90% of the island covered in thick tropical rainforests and mangroves. The majority of the island is part of the Iriomote National Park and therefore protected. We take an arranged local half-day tour to the basin of Pinaiasara Waterfalls, the largest waterfall in Okinawa. We will arrive there by kayaking and hiking the Hinai River with an easy hike through the Sakishimasuounoki forest. Return to the ship in late afternoon.

Day 8 - Iriomote Jima

Day 9 - Ishigaki

Prepare to fall in love all over again. Ishigaki is a true slice of Pacific paradise and we have two full days to explore here. A world-class coral reef spreads in the sea of Shiraho. More than 70 kinds of corals, including a large community of blue corals that is said to be the oldest and largest in the northern hemisphere and porites which are the largest in Japan, live in the sea area that spreads 10 km from north to south. The scarcity of the sea attracted attention, and the sea was designated as a National Marine Park zone by the Ministry of the Environment in 2008.

Day 9 - Ishigaki

Day 10 - Ishigaki

The next day we visit Taketomi Islands to have a look at the old Ryukyu way of life, take a ride on a water buffalo drawn cart and explore the old town. This is a good time to go ashore for a visit to Ryukyu-Shinju; the local pearl farmers who have numerous local pearl selections for you to consider as a reminder of your visit to Okinawa. Tonight after we berth in downtown Ishigaki, preparations get underway for this special final night onboard. We have our farewell dinner with the crew to round out a wonderful 10 nights cruising together.

Day 10 - Ishigaki

Day 11 - Ishigaki-Naha

After breakfast we start farewells to the crew and fellow passengers. Transfers to Ishigaki Airport, a 10 minute drive away, are starting from 10am. We thank you for cruising with us and hope to see you onboard again in the future.

Note that alternate 10-night OKINAWA SPIRIT Cruises operate in reverse rotation. The Japanese airlines JAL and ANA both have several daily flights to/from Ishigaki and Naha to all of the main cities in Japan. We will happily assist with travel plans.

Day 11 - Ishigaki-Naha

Feedback

We had wonderful holiday supported by a great enthusiastic crew.The snorkelling, swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding in such a beautiful pristine part of the world was superb.An honourable mention must be made for the Chef extraordinaire, he was passionate about every one of his creations and he far exceeded all previous chefs you have had on-board.The crew ensured that we had the best anchorage each evening and allowed us to safely discover the unspoilt islands of French Polynesia.Thanks again
Noel and Judith, NSW

 

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