Boasting a unique blend of untouched natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, Amami Oshima offers an array of summer activities for thrill seekers. From challenging yourself with water sports to exploring dense forests and discovering celestial spectacles, this island paradise is a playground for those yearning for a unique and memorable summer adventure. Read on to see what activities are in store during your visit to Amami Island this summer.
If you’re a surfing enthusiast seeking the perfect wave, look no further than Amami Oshima. It has long been known as a surfing utopia for its warm climate year-round and its fantastic waves. The many surf schools available will guide beginners on their surfing adventure as they prepare to ride their first wave. If you’re an advanced surfer, there’s also plenty of spots to explore on the island too! One spot that stands out from the rest is Tebiro Beach. As the venue for the World Surfing Championship in 2011, you might be lucky to spot sea turtles gracefully gliding beneath you or colourful schools of tropical fish darting through the coral. This exceptional connection with nature makes surfing at Tebiro Beach a unique and unforgettable experience.
If surfing is not what you are looking for, Toshime Marine Resort offers a wide range of courses catering to individuals or groups seeking to explore a variety of water sports experiences including landing the uninhabited beach, which you can only reach by boat. Essentially, guests may enjoy this exclusive beach.
In the Kotori Beach Landing Course, which costs ￥10,000 per person for 180 minutes, guests will have unlimited access to various marine equipment, such as snorkelling masks, fins, stand-up paddleboards (SUP), and canoes. This allows you to fully enjoy sea activities without the need to bring your own gear. For children above the age of 4 up to 11, the cost will be ￥5,000.
Those looking for something more laid back can book the BBQ course. The BBQ course with Toshime Marine Resort aims to showcase the flavours and ingredients indigenous to Amami Island. As guests indulge in this culinary adventure, they can savour the mouth-watering locally sourced seafood. It is a holistic experience that allows guests to bask in the sun while enjoying the meal at their own pace. Priced at ￥20,000 per person, this fee includes stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), canoeing, snorkelling equipment for 6 hours, boat transportation, and food costs. This BBQ plan can be offered for a minimum of 3 people.
Be sure to create unforgettable summer memories by experiencing everything Toshime Marine Resort has to offer.
Amami is home to Japan’s second largest mangrove forest, the Amami Mangrove Primeval Forest. The forest is located in the center of the island, on the eastern coast of Amami Oshima and has an extensive network of channels and streams which can be explored by taking a canoe or kayak tour. Its serene and untouched beauty makes it an ideal destination for nature lovers. Guided tours are available at Mangrove forest with our partner guide, Island Service at the price of ￥3,500 for adults for 120 minutes, ￥2,500 for children over 6 to 12 years old for 120 minutes, and ￥1,800 for children age 0 to 3 years old.
As you explore this hidden gem, towering mangrove trees and a mixture of more than 30 species of southern trees will surround you. While navigating the water channels, you will also encounter a diverse range of wildlife species that call Amami Mangrove Primeval Forest their home. Keep your eyes peeled for fishes, crabs, wild birds and many other creatures. If you are lucky, you can spot the endangered Ryukyu Ayu fish, which can only be found in Amami Oshima. Unlike larger boats or walking tours, kayaking allows you to access areas that are otherwise inaccessible. This intimate exploration lets you fully absorb the forest’s tranquillity and appreciate its intricate details.
After the busy and fulfilling daytime activities, there’s no better way to end your day than retiring to your private Miru Amami villa and stargazing from the outdoor deck. Nestle into your comfortable lounge chair and witness the Perseid meteor shower phenomenon. This remarkable astronomical event occurs every summer and is expected to peak around August 13 2023, according to skywatching site In The Sky.
The media also reports that this year will be good for the Perseids as the moon will only be 10% illuminated, allowing you to stargaze even clearer. Grab your loved ones, blankets, and maybe a few snacks and spend quality time together while marvelling at the shooting stars across the sky.
Amami Oshima is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. You won’t regret exploring the numerous summer activities on Amami Island. The wonders of Amami Oshima await, and we look forward to welcoming you soon.