Anilao, Philippines and Okinawa Dive & Eco Expedition 2020

March 23 to 30 - Philippines

March 30 to April 5 - Okinawa

We have designed a special two-part dive & eco trip for spring 2020: Anilao, Philippines and Okinawa, Japan. Both parts of this expedition will be co-hosted by Ocean Safari’s resident macro photography enthusiast and nudibranch geek, Megumi Itoh. This is also one of the few resort-based dive trips for Ocean Safari, which means this would be a good trip to bring your non-diver friends and family member.

At Anilao, we will stay at Aiyanar Beach and Dive Resort, a beautiful resort only minutes away from dive sites. Our 6 days, 5 nights stay at the resort includes 4 diving days (3 guided dives per day) and shore dives upon request. The deluxe rooms, each adorned with its own balcony area with sea views, are well furnished with all the amenities you would expect of a modern resort.

Located in the Coral Triangle and having been a protected marine area since the 1970’s, Anilao is known for the beautiful reefs and incredible marine biodiversity. Perhaps you have heard of it being referred to as a paradise for underwater photographers. The reefs of Anilao are very healthy. At every dive site, you will find a variety of soft and hard coral, sponges, colorful reef fish, and all sorts of critters. Be ready to spot critters such as frogfish, flamboyant cuttlefish, pipefish, shrimps and a variety of nudibranchs. For those who are interested, Megumi will host several short nudibranch and marine biology/ecology seminars.

 

For part two of our expedition, we are returning to Okinawa for another visit to the Yonaguni Underwater Monument. After such a successful trip in March of 2019, we just had to plan a return visit to this amazing dive site. This time, our Okinawa trip will feature diving at Yonaguni and eco tours at Iriomote Island.

Yonaguni Island is the westernmost inhabited island of Japan. It is actually closer to Taiwan than Naha, the main Okinawan Island. Whether you think the enormous underwater structure is natural or man-made, you will agree that the diving there is simply breathtaking.

After three days of diving at Yonaguni, we will fly and ferry transfer to Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park. Known to be home of many endemic species of plants and animals, it is often referred to as the Galapagos of the East. The eco activities at Iriomote Island include kayaking through mangrove forest, trekking tour to Pinaisara Falls, and Yubu Island village visit and culture tour by water buffalo cart.

 

One thing that sets this trip apart from previous trip is that this time we have Megumi as our translator/host/guide. Having grown up in Japan and the United States, she is fluent in Japanese and English. With her understanding of Japanese culture and a keen interest in natural science and ecology, she will have information and insights that will enhance your experience.

 

EXPEDITION ITINERARY (weather permitting)

Mar. 23 (Mon): Depart from Los Angeles in the late evening to Manila via Taipei

Mar. 25 (Wed): Arrive in Manila, transfer to Aiyanar Beach & Dive Resort

Mar. 26 (Thur): 3 dives

Mar. 27 (Fri): 3 dives

Mar. 28 (Sat): 3 dives

Mar. 29 (Sun): 3 dives

Mar. 30 (Mon): depart Aiyanar to Manila, arrive Naha via Taipei in the evening,  transfer to hotel, free program

For people who do not join Okinawa, will depart Taipei at 11:55pm and arrive in Los Angeles at 8:45pm on March 30.

For people joining the Okinawa portion, please continue below.

 

Okinawa Itinerary:

Mar. 30 (Mon): arrive Naha via Taipei in the evening, transfer to hotel, free program

Mar. 31 (Tue): transfer to Naha Airport

Arrive Yonaguni in the morning

Upon arrival, picked up by the dive shop, 2 dives

Apr. 01 (Wed):  3 dives

Apr. 02 (Thur): 2 dives

Apr. 03 (Fri):

Fly to Ishigaki Island around noon                                        

Ferry transfer to Iriomote Island in the afternoon

Check in to a luxury hotel in the middle of the jungle, free program for the rest of the day

Apr. 04 (Sat):

Eco tours at Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park – kayaking, trekking to waterfall, water buffalo cart ride and village visit

Apr. 05 (Sun):

Check out            

Ferry back to Ishigaki Island in the morning, self-guided city tour      

Fly back to Naha in mid-afternoon                                                                             

Farewell to Okinawa, arrive in Taipei in the evening, enjoy the beautiful Taiwan international Airport for a few hours. Depart Taipei at 11:55pm and arrive in Los Angeles at 8:45pm on April 5 (same day!); home sweet home

 

Philippines Expedition Includes:

6 days 5 nights deluxe accommodations (based on double occupancy)

3 gourmet meals daily, orange juice with breakfast

Tea, coffee, filtered water any time at the restaurant

3 guided boat dives per day (total 12 boat dives) and shore dives upon request

Nitrox

Tanks and weights

Escort by Ocean Safari professional dive leader with unparalleled service

Philippines Exclusions:

International flights

Round trip airport to resort transfer (around $90 per person)

Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks

Marine park fee $5 per diving day

Massage $20 per hour (with advanced notice)

Crew Gratuities.

Travel and dive insurance.

 

Okinawa/Yonaguni Expedition Includes:

6 night hotel accommodation based on double occupancy

Most meals (3 dinners excluded)

All domestic ground transportation, ferry transfers, and flights between islands

Tour of Okinawan culture, artisan crafts, and cuisine

Visit Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park

Venture to beautiful & remote Yonaguni Island

3 days of boat diving at mysterious Yonaguni underwater monument

Tanks and weights

Escort by Ocean Safari professional dive leader with unparalleled service

 

Okinawa Exclusions:

International flights

Few meals and drinks

Travel & Dive Insurance

Gratuities (tipping is not customary in Japan)

 

Philippine Costs:

Deluxe Ocean View Room, double occupancy: $1568; for single occupancy add $130

Okinawa Costs:

Double occupancy: $2398; for single occupancy add $300; Yonaguni upgrade, add $50

(Prices based on 1 USD to 100 YEN conversion rate (selling rate). Costs may vary depending on currency exchange rate at the time of wiring.)

 

Payment:

PAYMENT SCHEDULE

      AMOUNT

PAYMENT DUE DATE

1st Deposit

$500 Philippines, $500 Okinawa 

Upon Reservation

Final payment

Balance remaining

Before Dec 21, 2019

For credit card payment please add 3%         

 (trip insurance is available through Ocean safari, please ask)

 

Cancellation Policy:

Before Dec. 31, 2019, 1st deposit forfeited, no refund on first deposit

After Dec. 31, 2019, no refund (unless replacement can be found then 1st deposit forfeited)

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