Cruise & Ferry Itinerary Planning 2022

8 7 Thanks to these measures and a sensitive approach that protects the fragility of these unique islands, cruise lines and guests can enjoy the outstanding value they offer. Two of the islands, Northern Okinawa Island and Iriomote Island, are located within the popular cruise destination of Okinawa prefecture. Northern Okinawa can be accessed by car and bus from the port of Motobu, which has a 420 metre-long berth. Once they arrive in the area, guests can enjoy a range of activities that will let them explore the unique natural environment, including nature hiking, mangrove kayaking and canyoneering. Iriomote Island, on the other hand, can be accessed from the port of Ishigaki via a ferry service. Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau, a tourism promotion organisation, and related organisations are also preparing for the acceptance of small expedition ships so that they can directly call at Iriomote Island in the future. This gives guests plenty of time to explore the island through kayaking, snorkelling, diving, hiking and mangrove cruising. With the careful management of tourism to these areas, monitoring the impact on local wildlife, and by showing sensitivity to the fragile environment and local residents’ lifestyle, cruise guests can continue to enjoy the unique environment of these islands for years to come. CFIP To learn more about the ports and attractions of Okinawa, visit Guests to Irimote and Northern Okinawa can explore the unique natural environment of the islands on carefully managed tours and activities