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Okinawa Triple Island Day Tour: Iriomote, Yubujima and Taketomi from Ishigaki

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5.005.00 / 5

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Lovely day spent on the Yaeyama Islands

Reviewed by: Jeannie, 2019/05/21

A great way to experience the Yaeyama Islands in a day! We first checked in at Ishigaki Dream Tours counter at the ferry terminal. A friendly staff ran through the day’s itinerary with us in detail and an English audio guide was available upon request. We had to board the ferry ourselves, but had no trouble meeting with our tour guide once we disembarked at Iriomote island.

Although the entire tour was in Japanese, we thoroughly enjoyed the mangrove cruise and the buffalo cart ride to Yubu island. The lunch was an assorted bento box with local delicacies, quite tasty and filling.

Overall the tour was rich in itinerary and well organized. Only downside was the lack of free time on Yubu and Taketomi island. Still highly recommended for those who want to quickly explore each island yet not have to worry about transportation.

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Attended as:Couples
Activity Date:2019/05/16
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Excellent Tour and Great Tour Company

Reviewed by: BSW, 2018/01/13

We were concerned about joining a multi-island tour that had no English guide but it turned out so well organized, even we don't speak any Japanese it went on smoothly with a hitch.

We arrived the terminal slightly before check-in time. A more senior staff checked us in and explained in full details of the day's itinerary. Along with it he gave us maps and another sheet with the full instructions when we expect what. It was so detailed we were on for a good start.

The boat was very nice and clean, it's owned by the tour company I think. All the staff came out to the port to wave farewell, it was a first! It was the same boat that took us to the other islands except for the last island back to ishigaki, which was only a 10 min ride.

We were given a group name and at each port there were tour staff to hold the sign and guide you to the correct bus. We opted for the glass boat option and it was a great choice! The boat had very clear glass bottom and the "captain" spoke English well. There were 3 people on the boat and he spoke the fish and coral names in English, and gave us info in English. I liked this glass boat tour way better than the one from Krabi Bay.

The Lunch at the bontanical garden was nice, it was a bento box (about 9"x11" in size) with different types of food and miso soup.

The buffalo ride in the village was also interesting, more layback the the ride to the bontanical garden. The buffalo handler on the cart also spoke some English. Actually all the islands we visited on this tour, many guides and vendors could speak English so we were not completely clueless like we were in other tours in Okinawa.

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and would highly recommend it to anyone.

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Attended as:Couples
Activity Date:2017/12/22
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Amazing experience of traditional Yaeyama Islands

Reviewed by: Chris, 2016/04/13

Well organized tour showcasing the nature (mangroove forests) and the old cultural traditions (Taketomi village) of the Yaeyama archipelago. Plenty of time spent in each destination. Good and filling lunch. The buffalo cart trips in particular were fun, with the handlers singing traditional songs and the occasional "traffic jam" caused by a buffalo or two stopping along the way.

It was a large tour, with checking in and change of group/buses after hotel pickup required at the ferry terminal, and much of the time spent at Taketomi spent on my own, so do pay extra attention if you cannot understand Japanese, as, as described, the tour is entirely in Japanese.

Overall, very good value for money, and was a great way to get to see and experience the islands on my stay there.

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Attended as:Solo Travelers
Activity Date:2016/02/01
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