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Through Japan's Ryukyu Islands | Nagasaki - Keelung | 16 Nights

Southern Islands from Nagasaki to Keelung

16 Nights | Departing Nagasaki 2 November 2021 | Arriving Keelung 18 November 2021 | Onboard Coral Adventurer

Discover the submerged stone structures of what’s thought to be an ancient underwater city sunk by an earthquake approx. 2,000 years ago off the coast of Yonaguni Jima. On Iriomotoe Island, the second largest island in Okinawa, take an island-hopping adventure in a buffalo-drawn cart across a shallow sandy strait as the driver sings traditional songs accompanied by a three-stringed banjo-like Sanshin musical instrument. Look for the almost extinct Iromote Yamaneko, a type of wildcat found nowhere else. Walk through UNESCO-listed thousand-year-old cedar forests and view a 25m tall giant cedar tree estimated to be up to 7,200 years old. Admire the star-filled night sky with the benefit of little light pollution from the Astronomical observation tower on Hateruma Island. Look for some of the more than 200 bird species sighted on Aguni Island while admiring traditional homes surrounded by limestone walls amidst a unique landscape formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago.

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Expedition Highlights

  • On Lumina Island, participate in Japan’s love of games with an interactive forest adventure brought to life with state-of-the-art technology and digital art
  • Try your hand at glassmaking in the traditional Ryukyu style which reflects the natural colours of Okinawa’s ocean blues and greens and sunrise oranges and yellows
  • Walk through UNESCO-listed thousand-year-old cedar forests and view a 25m tall giant cedar tree estimated to be up to 7,200 years old
  • Learn to play Okinawan music on a three-stringed Sanshin instrument which is integral to Ryukyu culture and history
  • Experience the 600-year-old practice of Hanaui textile weaving which the Okinawa Islands are well-known for
  • Enjoy island hopping by buffalo cart while being serenaded by traditional songs and Sanshin music
  • Discover the ruins of a Japanese Atlantis at Yonaguni Jima, an ancient underwater city sunk by an earthquake approx. 2,000 years ago
  • Stargaze on the night sky from the Astronomical observation tower on Hateruma Island

Fares

CORAL Adventurer TWIN SHARE PER PERSON SOLE USE*
Bridge Deck Balcony Suite $23,990 n/a
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom $18,990 n/a
Explorer Deck Balcony $17,590 $26,385
Promenade Deck $14,650 $21,975
Coral Deck $12,450 $18,675

Prices are per person, listed in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST. *Limited sole use occupancy available.

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Destinations

Embark: Board at 4:00 pm at Matsugae Pier, Nagasaki, on 2 November 2021
Disembark: Arrive and disembark at 9:30 am at Keelung Harbour, Taiwan, on 18 November 2021

 

Nagasaki > Lumina Island >  Shimokoshiki Jima > Iojima & Kuroshima > Yakushima > Suwanosejima & Tokara Islands > Amami Oshima > Okinoerabujima > Okinawa North > Aguni > Okinawa South > Kerama > Kumejima > Iriomoto > Hateruma > Yonaguni > Ishiigaki > Keelung (Taiwan).

Day 1: Depart Nagasaki

Board Coral Adventurer at Nagasaki at 4:00 pm on 2 November 2021. Settle into your cabin before Captain’s welcome drinks where you meet your crew and fellow guests as the sun sets.

Lumina Island

After dinner, on Lumina Island, participate in Japan’s love of games with an interactive forest adventure brought to life with state-of-the-art technology and digital art.

DAY 2 – 14:

These are expedition itineraries covering remote regions. Your Captain and Expedition Team may make changes to the daily schedule when necessary to maximise guest experience. Below are the highlight destinations of your voyage.

Shimokoshiki Jima

Shimokoshiki Jima is a top geological site with large scenic cliffs along with dinosaur fossils at sites located across the island. Have the opportunity to explore around Napoleon Rock and cruise around Kashima Cliffs. Spend time at the Satsumasendai Fossil Exhibition. Learn about the history of Shimokoshiki while walking along Old Samurai Street, and perhaps hear songs played on the unusual traditional instrument called a”Gottan”.

Iojima

Iojima is an incredibly unique volcanic island, known as the “Sulfur Island”. In the 10th to 13th centuries, this island was used as a hub for Japan-China foreign trade. Interestingly a lot of the villager’s play the African djembe drum after a world-famous djembe player Mamade Keita from Guinea began teaching on the island. At Iojima enjoy soaking in an Onsen, or hot springs, at either Higashi, or Ana-no-ham and Utan which reside by the sea creating a scenic atmosphere for your relaxation. We may also take a walking track through the Bamboo and Moss forest to Shunkan shrine. Keep your eyes peeled for the symbol of Iojima – the White Peacock.

Yakushima Island

Walk through UNESCO-listed thousand-year-old cedar forests and view a 25 metre tall giant cedar tree estimated to be up to 7,200 years old at Yakusugi Land. With a number of walking trails on the island, we may visit some of the many waterfalls as well. The Yakusugi Museum displays the ecology, history and industry of the forests on Yakushima Island. Here you can learn about the Yakushima cedar trees, the products that come from them and how they were harvested.

Tokara Island Group

Suwanosejima, one of the Tokara Islands, has a population of about 70 people. Cruise past and admire the plumes of ash from the active volcano. During 1-8 May 2020 explosions occurred twice a day at Ontake Crater and produced plumes that rose as high as 1km above the crater rim. Material was ejected 400m from the crater.

Amami Oshima

Kayak through the large mangrove forests at the central east coast of the island. While on the island, keep your eyes open for many endangered and threatened bird species including the prefectural bird, Lidth’s Jay, a bird with blue and red plumage. At Kinsakubaru Virgin Forest, flying spider-monkey tree ferns tower overhead like giant parasols and broad-leaf elephant ear plants, the inspiration for the leaf-umbrella carried by Totoro in the movie My Neighbor Totoro, can be found. The species of flying spider-monkey tree ferns have retained the same form from 300 million years ago. Look for the endangered Amami black rabbit – one of the most primitive species of rabbit alive today. While Amami Oshima has a rich ecosystem on land, its underwater ecosystem is equally diverse. The Kuroshio Current brings warm tropical water from the south, sustaining the world’s northernmost coral reefs.

Okinoerabujima

Okinoerabu which is called the ‘Island of Flowers and Limestone Caves’ is a beautiful and peaceful island. Over 300 limestone caves can be found here. Visitors to these ancient caves discover the natural beauty and mysteries which have spawned many of the legends and stories surrounding these natural treasures. Deep blue waters, coral reefs and pristine beaches meet an iconic limestone cave system on this southerly Japanese island. It is home to over 300 limestone caves. Spot turtles, sea snakes, sea cucumbers, star fish, octopus, stingrays and reef sharks in the island’s blue waters alongside numerous species of coral. There is the opportunity to visit the Fucha cliffs off the coast of the island, Tamina Misaki Cape and Shoryudo Caven.

Okinawa Island Group: Okinwa North & South, Aguni and Kumejima

Okinawa is a Japanese prefecture comprising more than 150 islands in the East China Sea between Taiwan and Japan’s mainland. It’s known for its tropical climate, broad beaches and coral reefs as well as World War II sites.

Okinawa North

Northern Okinawa, called Yanbaru is an area rich with scenes of natural beauty. A well-kept local secret, Hiji Falls is not one of Okinawa’s easiest sites to access, but the stunning sights it offers are well worth the effort. Cross the beautiful wooden suspension bridge over a green valley and discover the local wildlife that call the trail home.

Okinawa South

The battle of Okinawa was fought here – step back in history, visit some of the memorials and the reminders of war. Later, try your hand at glass making and glass blowing, creating a piece in vibrant colours that reflect Okinawa’s ocean blues and greens and sunrise oranges and yellows. Learn to play Okinawan music on a Sanshin instrument which is traditionally covered in snakeskin and has been integral to Ryukyu culture for around 600 years.

Aguni

Look for some of the more than 200 bird species sighted on Aguni Island while admiring traditional homes surrounded by limestone walls amidst a unique landscape formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago.

Kumejima

This small islands of the Okinawa Island group boasts numerous rock formations along the coastline, along with some picturesque beaches.

Kerama Island Group

The clarity of the water in the ocean here is world-class, and the colour of the ocean is known as ‘Kerama blue’. Various tropical fish swim between colourful coral reefs. The underwater scenery is spectacular and lures scuba divers from around the world, though is equally appealing for snorkellers. Visit the observatories on Zamami Island and enjoy magnificent views. Swim, snorkel, scuba dive and kayak from the pristine beaches of largely undeveloped islands that receive few visitors. Where a translucent aquamarine sea is populated with tropical fish and turtles with vividly coloured coral reefs and deep drop-offs favoured by scuba divers.

Ishigaki

Ishigaki, known as ‘the country of poets, the island of songs and the land of dance,’ an entertainment culture unique to Okinawa. View the majestic manta rays, as Ishigaki is also home to the highest encounters of these ocean giants.

Iriomote Island

On Iriomote Island, the second largest island in Okinawa, take an island-hopping adventure in a buffalo-drawn cart across a shallow sandy strait as the driver sings traditional songs accompanied by a three-stringed banjo-like Sanshin musical instrument. Look for the almost extinct Iromote Yamaneko, a type of wildcat found nowhere else.

Hateruma Island

Admire the star-filled night sky with the benefit of little light pollution from the Astronomical observation tower on Hateruma Island. Hateruma is the southernmost inhabited island of Japan. The name Hateruma Island is said to be the etymology of ‘the island of the uruma (coral reef) on the edge’.

Yonaguni Island

Discover the submerged stone structures of what’s thought to be an ancient underwater city sunk by an earthquake approx. 2,000 years ago just off the coast of Yonaguni Jima.

Day 17: Arrive Keelung

Our voyage ends in the Taiwanese city of Keelung. Disembark Coral Adventurer at 9:30 am and bid farewell to new-found friends, the Master and crew.

This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition, we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. The itinerary includes the possibility of interaction with wild animals and this interaction is subject to the presence of this wildlife on the day.

November 2021

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
02 November 2021 02 Nov 2021 18 November 2021 18 Nov 2021 $12,450 to $18,990 $12,450 to $18,990 Coral Adventurer Available Book

Your cruise price includes:

  • Expert Expedition Team and Guest Lecturers
  • An authentic, flexible expedition itinerary
  • All daily guided excursions
  • Lectures, workshops and demonstrations onboard
  • All meals, chef-prepared on board
  • Selected wines and beer with lunch and dinner service
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Events, and Open Bridge Access
  • 24-hour coffee and teas
  • Use of all onboard facilities, including a reference library

Your cruise price does not include:

  • Pre and post flights, transfers and hotels
  • Entry visas/travel permits
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases

Tipping not required

Our friendly reservations specialists are on hand to assist with your booking arrangements to ensure your holiday runs as smoothly as possible. Contact our team on 1800 079 545 during business hours in Australia or email explore@coralexpeditions.com

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Comprehensive Travel Insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers as protection against any unforeseen events that may necessitate the cancellation or interruption of your holiday and should be purchased at the same time as you purchase your cruise. Please refer to our Pre-Departure page for facts that should be considered and shared when speaking with Travel Insurance suppliers.

 

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