Amazing AquariumReviewed by: John and Cheryl Ward, 2016/10/02
The coach was a bit late because of traffic, so that wasn't the fault of the tour, but other than that the trip was great. The butterfly house is in fantastic grounds and the butterflies are really used to humans. It would have been nice to have a bit longer there to get the feel of the place a bit more more, but it was a good start. The aquarium is superb! The dolphin show and manatees were extra bonuses. The location was amazing and the gorgeous little beach in the grounds of the aquarium was lovely. The pineapple park was a very brief stop. As with the butterfly house, a longer stay would have been good. The glass blowing place was essentially a shop, but if you just go there thinking about getting a reasonably priced souvenir and seeing something a bit different, it was enjoyable as well. The tour guide had very limited English but tried hard and provided us with gps based English speaking audio guides which helped us to learn a bit more about what we saw. The price was brilliant for what we did and would recommend the trip to anyone staying in Onna so that they can see a bit more of the north of the island
Churaumi Aquarium tourReviewed by: Pascale HUA, 2016/07/30
Tour was well organized.pick up at our hotel 5 minutes late, we were among the first person to get on the bus and could not choose our seat... We wanted to be seated at the front to prevent our baby girl to be sick during the trip.
Tour guide: she could not speak english but we managed to understand each other somehow
Great valueReviewed by: Chrissy from Aus, 2016/06/06
I would recommend this. It works out about the same as getting public transport and buying a ticket to the aquarium alone. It was a little rushed, I think the glass place and the pineapple place are a waste of time. The butterfly place was cool as was the dolphin show. The aquarium is amazing! A must see. Overall a good well organised day out.
Bang for your buck!Reviewed by: Linda Siu, 2016/05/07
The Churaumi Aquarium bus tour and three other spots is a great value. Such a low price for an all day tour. You get lunch, a small bowl of Okinawa Soba, at the Butterfly Garden, the aquarium, pineapple park, and the glass factor. We were a group of six, and at the aquarium, five of us got lost. I followed the guide (I understand Japanese) but the others (all Chinese) failed to follow. When I went back to where I last saw them, they were gone! The guide was very helpful. She helped me look for them and found three (including my husband), but the other two were still missing. She went back to the bus and found the other two, brought them back to us. Reunited! The dolphin show was very entertaining but I was eager to see the whale sharks at the aquarium. They had three whale sharks and my husband took some great photos. The other exhibits were hard to see, so many people! Chinese tourists everywhere! We spent three hours at the aquarium and then it was back to the bus. Next stop, Pineapple park, sampled different juices and baked goods. Final stop, Ryukyu glass factory. The pieces are very pretty but pricey so we spent the short time there eating purple potato ice cream, very good, you have to try it when you come to Okinawa.
It took another two hours to get back to Naha and we asked to be dropped off at Kokusaidori. Since we're all in the service industry, and because she was so helpful, we tipped the guide. There were only two things I didn't like about this tour. First, it took 15 minutes for us to walk from our hotel (Rihga Royal Gran) to the pick up hotel (Loisir). 2nd, lunch was too smal. We all could've eaten two bowls of noodles. We were all so hungry, we had the buffet dinner on the top floor of the Ryubo department store! Still, we had a good time!
well worth itReviewed by: michele, 2016/05/04
Had a great time on this bus tour however really wish we could have spent more time at each stop. I felt too rushed and couldn't enjoy the places as much as I would have liked. Definitely worth the price and will recommend to friends and family! A chunk of the trip was picking up and dropping off people to their hotels so the bus ride was very long but it was really convenient for us. Also you get free little gifts. We got a piece from the glass house and pineapple ice cream!
Fruitful Day TripReviewed by: Steve, 2016/04/23
Visit to the butterfly park was surprisingly wonderful but just about 15 minutes self tour would be really a deadly rush. Sufficient time to fool around the Churaumi Aquarium after the light lunch. Thumbs up ! Pineapple park tour was related products hard sell yet a good try. The last stop was merely a stop. After all, visit to the Churaumi Aquarium alone worth the value of the whole tour.
A bit disappointedReviewed by: Yann, 2016/03/28
The tour was a bit of a rush.
For the butterflies, we had to eat our Okinawa Soba very fast to get some time to enjoy them. No guide or signs to guide you, it was hard to know where to go.
The Aquarium was really nice, there was enough time to enjoy it.
The Pineapple Park visit was really disappointing : we had a 5 minutes tour in Japanese to end up in the park's shop. We saw basically nothing of the park, the point here was to buy stuff.
The Ryukyu Mura was a bit more interesting, but the point here was also to buy things (Okinawa Glass).
The tour is really made and thought for Japanese tourists, a pamphlet in English explaining in detail the program would have been nice and helpful, as well as a guide who could speak a bit of English.
This tour is useful to go to the Aquarium, but aside from that, not interesting at all for non-Japanese speaking tourists.
Visit Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is impressiveReviewed by: Kenny, 2016/03/20
The bus was on schedule. The tour price was reasonable. The tour guide and driver were courteous. My family spent a whole day enjoying the world’s best - Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Thank you.
Great Aquarium TourReviewed by: Dana, 2016/03/08
We had a great time although the guide spoke only japanese (and the Bus video was in chinese).
The aquarium is just great, the other stops were nice but not too important ;)
If you are hungry westeners like us, bring something to eat (or buy at the aquarium cafe) because lunch will not fill your stomach.
For this price I can highly recommend the tour :)
Great way to explore northern OkinawaReviewed by: Rahul, 2016/02/27
I was picked up right from my hotel and dropped there back on time. It was a hassle free experience where we did not need to worry about ticket purchase and transportation. It covers a about 4-5 different places but the highlight for us was the dolphin show near Churaumi aquarium. Do not miss it!
The only downside was that though there was a tour guide in the bus, she barely spoke any english. But she gave us an audio guide with commentary in english.
Overall, I did not feel rushed at any of the tourist spots and felt that we made good use of our time. I highly recommend this tour.