A Discovery Exclusive - Ultimate Ishigaki

6.5 hours | Ishigaki | I S G - 1 0 5
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Points of Interest

  • Kabira Bay
  • Tamatorizaki Observatory
Includes meal, Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

What you will visit:
Tamatorizaki Observatory
Situated in the northern part of the city, where the Pacific Ocean meets the East China Sea, the Tamatorizaki Observatory provides spectacular views all the way to Ibaruma Bay and Hirakubozaki on clear days. The pathway from the entrance to the observation deck is planted with an abundance of gorgeous hibiscus flowers that bloom year round. Set against the stunning seascape, the lush hills of the Hirakubo Peninsula offer views that are truly breathtaking and ever changing.

Yaeyama Palm Tree Grove
Tucked at the feet of Mount Omoto on the northern coast of Ishigaki, the Yaeyama Palm Tree Grove, designated as a national natural monument, is dedicated to the Yaeyama palm, a rare, large palm that grows wild only in the Yaeyama Islands. The remarkable trees can reach a height of up to 10 meters (32 feet) tall, giving a magical, jungle-like quality to this serene area. At the start of the boardwalk that traverses the forest-like grove are some charming shops selling refreshments, snacks and shaved ice.

Kabira Bay
Sparkling along the north coast of Ishigaki Island, the gorgeous Kabira Bay forms part of the Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park. Renowned for its powder-white sands, crystal waters and dense vegetation, it has been designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty and was awarded three stars by the Michelin Guide in 2009. Kabira Bay is considered the most beautiful spot on the island and is certainly one of the most photographed. The turquoise waters, while unsuitable for swimming, are also famous for the cultivation of black pearls.

Emerald Sea Observatory
Emerald Sea Observatory is located at the apex of Banna Park, a nature reserve that envelops Banna Dake Mountain. The park is home to over 2,500 different species of tropical plants as well numerous butterfly and firefly species. Enjoy excellent views of Ishigaki city and nearby Taketomi Island. Ishigaki has far less pollution than most cities in Japan and is one of the few places in the country where you can view the Southern Cross in the night sky.

What you will see along the way:
Ishigaki Island is the second largest in the Yaeyama Island group, lying a mere 300 kilometers off the coast of Taiwan and enjoying a comfortable semitropical climate. The modest port town serves as the transportation hub for the area and is filled with markets and charming restaurants, but the island's claim to fame is its beautiful beaches, including the oft-photographed Kabira Bay, as well as its rugged, scalable mountain peaks and spectacular coastline vistas.

Lunch:
Enjoy a delicious lunch of local Ishigaki beef. Japanese beef cattle are called Wagyu and are categorized by the amount of fat marbling in between the layers of meat. It is this fat that gives the Ishigaki beef the succulent flavor and tenderness that make Japanese cattle so distinct.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from your ship and drive to The Emerald Sea Observatory

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
00:30
Free time at site:
5
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
100
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
NO

Lunch at Local restaurant

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
01:00
Free time at site:
10
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
Yes
Walking distance:
300
Steps:
20
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
NO

Visit Kabira bay ( No Glassboat )

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
01:00
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
600
Steps:
20
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No

Visit Yaeyama Palm Tree

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
00:20
Free time at site:
5
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
300
Steps:
50
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No

Visit Tamatorizaki Observatory

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
00:30
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
400
Steps:
20
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
No

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:30