Shore EXCURSIONS

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Shore Excursions (5)

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    Highlights of Ishigaki

    Ishigaki, Japan

    Duration 3 3/4 hrs

    Enjoy an introductory tour of the island that reveals some of the most captivating attractions underwater, underground and in a re-created village of traditional houses. ...
    Enjoy an introductory tour of the island that reveals some of the most captivating attractions underwater, underground and in a re-created village of traditional houses. more...

    Enjoy an introductory tour of the island that reveals some of the most captivating attractions underwater, underground and in a re-created village of traditional houses.


    A scenic drive takes you around ladle-shaped Ishigaki Island, a natural paradise of secluded coves, beautiful beaches and subtropical vistas rarely associated with Japan. The attitude throughout is exceptionally laid-back and friendly, especially in the countryside on the way to Kabira Bay, home to the island’s finest beach.


    Your guide will brief you on what you can expect to see during an approximately 30 minute glass bottom boat ride. Board your glass-bottom boat on the beach and begin cruising through the bay. Your boat driver will find the best possible spot in the bay to see brilliantly coloured fish, giant clams and coral reefs in the turquoise waters where black pearls are cultivated primarily for export. Of all the destinations on Ishigaki, Kabira Bay is amongst the most photographed and with good reason.


    Visit Ishigaki Yaima Village, a fascinating destination created to preserve the island's culture. Strolling about, you will see dozens of traditional homes that have been moved here from other parts of Ishigaki and reassembled as an open-air museum. Other highlights include costumed folkloric performers, historical artifacts, and an abundance of curious squirrel monkeys.


    Then it's on to the island's largest limestone cave, an underground world full of oddly shaped stalactites and stalagmites that have been eerily illuminated for added drama. Be sure to look for ancient shells embedded in the walls, proof that the cave was once filled with seawater.

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    • Adult from: £129,50 GBP
    • Child from: £100,56 GBP
    DURATION 3 3/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Glass-Bottom Boat & Textile Factory

    Ishigaki, Japan

    Duration 5 1/4 hrs

    Behold Ishigaki’s brilliant marine life on a glass-bottom boat and then learn how cotton textiles are woven and dyed for traditional items such as kimono sashes. ...
    Behold Ishigaki’s brilliant marine life on a glass-bottom boat and then learn how cotton textiles are woven and dyed for traditional items such as kimono sashes. more...

    Behold Ishigaki’s brilliant marine life on a glass-bottom boat and then learn how cotton textiles are woven and dyed for traditional items such as kimono sashes.


    Enjoy a scenic drive around ladle-shaped Ishigaki Island, a natural paradise of secluded coves, beautiful beaches and subtropical vistas rarely associated with Japan. The attitude throughout is exceptionally laid-back and friendly, especially in the countryside on the way to Kabira Bay, home to the island’s finest beach.


    Your guide will brief you on what you can expect to see during an approximately 30 minute glass bottom boat ride. Board your glass-bottom boat on the beach and begin cruising through the bay. Your boat driver will find the best possible spot in the bay to see brilliantly coloured fish, giant clams and coral reefs in the turquoise waters where black pearls are cultivated primarily for export. Of all the destinations on Ishigaki, Kabira Bay is amongst the most photographed and with good reason.


    Following your cruise, you will enjoy a traditional Japanese lunch at a local restaurant. Next, you will discover how traditional cotton sashes are woven at the Mineya Minsa textile factory. For hundreds of years, brides-to-be have created patterns on sashes to express their love for their future husbands, and the factory is known for re-creating the most time-honoured ones. During the tour, you'll have the opportunity to create your own patterned handkerchief using dyes from the island's indigenous plants. The pattern is up to you.


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    • Adult from: £158,44 GBP
    • Child from: £122,27 GBP
    DURATION 5 1/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Pottery Factory & Beaches

    Ishigaki, Japan

    Duration 3 3/4 hrs

    Marvel at Ishigaki’s diversity by visiting natural attractions such Kabira Bay and Yonehara Beach and one of the finest pottery factories, where iconic Shisa statuettes are produced. ...
    Marvel at Ishigaki’s diversity by visiting natural attractions such Kabira Bay and Yonehara Beach and one of the finest pottery factories, where iconic Shisa statuettes are produced. more...

    Marvel at Ishigaki’s diversity by visiting natural attractions such Kabira Bay and Yonehara Beach and one of the finest pottery factories, where iconic Shisa statuettes are produced.


    Your scenic drive takes you around ladle-shaped Ishigaki Island, a natural paradise of secluded coves, beautiful beaches and subtropical vistas rarely associated with Japan. As you approach the western side of the island, you will pass several idyllic beach communities before reaching Kabira Bay where you will have a photo stop.


    One of the island’s most picturesque and highly photographed locations, the unspoiled bay is dotted with densely forested islets. In all likelihood, you will see boats in the distance, cruising over the coral reefs in the crystal-clear water and perhaps black pearls being harvested for export. You may even spot majestic Mt. Omoto and Hirakubo peninsula, the island’s northernmost point.


    Visit Yoneko-yaki Pottery to watch the craftsmen create colorful works of art. In particular, they are known for producing Shisa, half-dog half-lion statuettes that are typically sold in pairs. One statuette usually has an open mouth to ward off evil spirits; the other has a closed mouth to keep in good spirits.


    You’ll also stop at Yonehara Beach to admire the beauty of this popular stretch of sand. You might relax in the shade of a palm, or stroll along the shore watching the snorkelers that typically explore the coral reef.


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    • Adult from: £93,33 GBP
    • Child from: £71,63 GBP
    DURATION 3 3/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Panoramic Ishigaki

    Ishigaki, Japan

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Discover the acclaimed natural beauty of Ishigaki at two of its most panoramic destinations: hilltop Tamatorizaki and pristine Kabira Bay. ...
    Discover the acclaimed natural beauty of Ishigaki at two of its most panoramic destinations: hilltop Tamatorizaki and pristine Kabira Bay. more...

    Discover the acclaimed natural beauty of Ishigaki at two of its most panoramic destinations: hilltop Tamatorizaki and pristine Kabira Bay.


    Settle in for a scenic drive around ladle-shaped Ishigaki Island, a natural paradise of secluded coves, beautiful beaches and subtropical vistas rarely associated with Japan. As you drive up the island’s northeast coast, you will soon arrive at Tamatorizaki, an elevated viewpoint that is considered one of Ishigaki’s most beautiful spots.


    From the observation deck at the top, you will see the Pacific Ocean on one side of the island and the East China Sea on the other. Wildflowers are typically in bloom year-round, lush palms rim the sugar-white beaches, and mountainous Hirakubo peninsula rises in the distance. It's a perfect setting for photos and to embrace the island's laid-back attitude.


    Continuing on toward the western side of Ishigaki, you will pass several beach communities before reaching Kabira Bay. Another one of the island's most picturesque and highly photographed spots, the unspoiled bay is dotted with densely forested islets. In all likelihood, you will see boats in the distance, cruising over the coral reefs in the crystal-clear water and perhaps black pearls being harvested for export. It's truly breathtaking.


    As you travel back to the pier, more gorgeous scenery unfolds along the way.


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    • Adult from: £86,10 GBP
    • Child from: £71,63 GBP
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Scenic Drive & Leisure

    Ishigaki, Japan

    Duration 4 hrs

    Admire the natural beauty of Ishigaki at picture-perfect Kabira Bay and then enjoy free time at a popular shopping mall in town, for an entirely different perspective of the island. ...
    Admire the natural beauty of Ishigaki at picture-perfect Kabira Bay and then enjoy free time at a popular shopping mall in town, for an entirely different perspective of the island. more...

    Admire the natural beauty of Ishigaki at picture-perfect Kabira Bay and then enjoy free time at a popular shopping mall in town, for an entirely different perspective of the island.


    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a scenic drive around ladle-shaped Ishigaki Island, a natural paradise of secluded coves, beautiful beaches and subtropical vistas rarely associated with Japan. As you approach the western side of the island, you will pass several idyllic beach communities before reaching Kabira Bay.


    One of the island’s most picturesque and highly photographed spots, the unspoiled bay is dotted with densely forested islets. In all likelihood, you will see boats in the distance, cruising over the coral reefs in the crystal-clear water and perhaps black pearls being harvested for export. You may even spot majestic Mt. Omoto and Hirakubo peninsula, the island’s northernmost point. The setting is truly breathtaking.


    Then, for a complete change of pace, you will visit bustling Yugurena Mall in central Ishigaki Town. For approximately 2-hours, you will be free to browse the mall’s many stores and shop for merchandise such as clothing, jewelry and handicrafts, much of it made exclusively on the island. If you would like to try the local cuisine, there are restaurants serving all sorts of traditional dishes. Favorite desserts include sugar cane candy and ice cream made with salt extracted from the ocean. You’ll meet your guide at a designated time and point, for the return drive to the pier.


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    • Adult from: £93,33 GBP
    • Child from: £71,63 GBP
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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*Prices vary by ship and sail date. See Terms & Conditions

NCL makes arrangements for Guests for shore excursions solely for the convenience of the Guest; NCL does not act on behalf of or supervise the parties or persons who own, furnish, or operate such excursions, and the same are provided by independent contractors. NCL assumes no responsibility for, nor guarantees the performance of, any such excursion provider, and Guests acknowledge that NCL shall not be liable for losses or injuries arising from the acts or omissions of such provider.

Participation in activities and excursions may involve physical exertion, and may be potentially hazardous or dangerous. It is the responsibility of each individual to determine whether you are capable of engaging in any activity. Participation in any activity or excursion is at your own risk.

Photographs are for illustration purposes only used to represent the excursion experience and may not accurately depict the excursion, location, or activity indicated.

Our group shore excursions are offered in English. Depending on the booking situation, various excursions are also offered in German, Spanish, French, Italian or Russian (minimum number of 30 participants). The tours offered may vary from cruise to cruise. Please see the detailed information for your shore excursion on board.