#Kayak

Iriomote Island is covered by subtropical plants and mangrove, and the water which surrounds the Island is extremely clear. We interviewed Satoru Yahata, a marine adventurer, about the allure of kayaking and Iriomote Island which has pristine wilderness.

Location:Iriomote island

Nakama River

Nakama River

Nakama River

Nakama River
  • Location

    201 Haimi Taketomi-cho, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa Prefecture

  • AccessAccess

    Approx. 3 minutes by car from Ohara Port, approx. 40 minutes by car from Uehara Port.

It is said that the mangrove forests in Japan amount to approximately 600 hectares. About 160 hectares or 25% of that grows in the Nakamagawa river basin.
The mangrove forest located by the river basin is the “Nakamagawa Nature Preservation Area” and is a precious spot that’s designated as a National Treasure. Nakamagawa offers popular eco-tours such as the “Nakamagawa Mangrove Cruise” where visitors can observe this precious mangrove forest up close on a cruise boat, “Jungle Trekking”, “Mudflat Observation”, and “Nakamagawa Canoe Tours.”

Haemida Beach

Haemida Beach

Haemida Beach

Haemida Beach
  • Location

    Haemi, Taketomi-cho Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa Prefecture

  • AccessAccess

    Approx. 10 minutes by car from Ohara Port, approx. 50 minutes by car from Uehara Port.

One of Iriomote Island’s longest beaches located about 3 kilometers from “Toyohara”, the final destination of Iriomote Island’s prefectural highway. It’s the perfect spot for combing the beach to collect uniquely shaped coral fragments or floating objects.
The beach sand is fine and the waters are shallow, making it suitable for swimming, but there are no restrooms and very few shaded areas, so it’s not a location to stay long hours. There are no shops and visitors are recommended to use rental cars.

Barasu Island

Barasu Island

Barasu Island

Barasu Island
  • Location

    Off the coast of Uehara Port

  • AccessAccess

    (To Uehara Port, the tour departure place) Approx. 45 minutes by car from Ohara Port, approx. 10 minutes from Uehara Port by boat.

Barasu Island is located off the coast of Uehara Port and is made of coral fragments.
Colorful fish and coral reef can be observed from up close around the island. The location is recommended for snorkeling and swimming.

Marine AdventurerSatoru Yahata

Satoru Yahata

Satoru Yahata

Born in Tokyo in 1974. Currently resides in Kanagawa Prefecture.
He began skin dive fishing since he was a university student. After graduating, he traveled around the country studying the works of local fishermen with the notion that “if there’s an ocean I can dive in, I can survive.”
After discovering sea kayaking, he came up with the theme “What are the lives like for people that live close to sea?” and began the “Great Seaman Project” in 2002, a journey to travel the island-studded sea from Australia to Japan by relying only on human power.
He holds multiple voyage records including becoming the first person to cross between the Philippines and the Taiwan Strait (2007).
In 2005, he opened his rowing and skin diving shop “Churanasia” in Ishigaki Island, Okinawa Prefecture, to provide guests with an experience that “goes 10 centimeters beyond their expectations”. From 2011, he began a “Marine Pilgrimage” to visit fishing villages around Japan and from 2014, he began the “Jabu Jabu” activity that strives to recover waterfronts for people living in urban areas.