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Zamami Whale Watching Association
Whale-friendly humpback whale watching in Zamami!

The Zamami Whale Watching Association was founded in 1991 by whale lovers and local businesses in order to promote humpback whale conservation and whale watching.

Every year from December to April when the humpback whales return to seas off of Zamami, the association organizes various whale watching tours on small, 3-ton to 10-ton boats. In their office on Zamami's port, you will find interesting information boards about whales and rare specimens set up in glasses display cases. You can also buy whale-themed merchandise and souvenirs. If you are at all interested in the wonderful world of whales, make sure you stop by the Whale Watching Association on your trip to the Kerama Islands!

Facility Outline

Open:8:30 – 17:00
Closed:No closings during operating season (Closed from April to December)
Usage Fee:Free of Charge (Tours require a fee)
Foreign Languages Accommodated:English, Korean, and Chinese (on the website)
Address:1 Zamami Chisaki, Zamami Village, Shimajiri County, Okinawa Prefecture
A humpback whale bounding from the sea
A humpback whale bounding from the sea
We will teach you all about world of whales!
We will teach you all about world of whales!
Message from the Facility
Hirokazu Otsubo, Secretary-General
Winter is the season for whale watching in Okinawa! It has been 27 years since the Zamami Whale Watching Association was founded in Zamami Village. Our skilled boat captains and observation platform guidance systems give you a greater chance to catch sight of the whales and make the whole experience all the more fun. You don’t want to pass up this opportunity to meet our humongous fellow mammals, the humpback whales! If the skies are clear, you can also enjoy the beautiful ocean scenery and a night sky full of sparkling stars.

Hirokazu Otsubo, Secretary-General