This is one of the most popular, and memorable, tours on the islands.
Pinaisara (meaning `like a beard`) at 55 meters is the highest waterfall in Okinawa. The waterfall has this name as from a distance it appears like a man`s beard. The tour, which is quite active but not too physically demanding, combines an unforgettable kayaking trip through an unspoilt mangrove forest on the Mare and Hinai Rivers followed by a jungle trek to the top of the waterfall, where the views are breathtaking. We then descend to its base where you can swim in the natural pool below.
The trip commences with a ferry ride to Uehara port on Iriomote, where you will be met by our guide. You will then be transported to the nearby kayaking base. There you will be given full instructions and appropriate waterproof gear for kayaking. We then take a gentle kayaking adventure for approximately an hour along the Mare and Hinai rivers, both lined with mangrove trees and the wildlife which inhabit the forest. We alight at the base station and then have a jungle hike for approximately 50 minutes through the forest to the top of the Pinaisara Falls. En route the guide will explain and point out the various plants, trees and wildlife.
We take lunch at the top of the waterfall, with the beautiful scenery surrounding you below, before descending to the waterfall basin. There there will be time for a cooling swim in the pool below the falls before paddling back to the kayaking base, and then back to the Port for the return trip to Ishigaki.
An active and enjoyable trip to appreciate unspoilt nature.
|8:30||Depart from Ishigaki Port|
|9:10||Arrival at Iriomote Uehara Port and transport to kayaking base|
|9:30||Preparations and instructions at base|
|(60 min.)||Kayaking tour|
|(50 min.)||Walking tour to the top of Pinaisara Falls|
|11:50||Lunch and free time at top of waterfall|
|13:00||Set off for the base of the waterfall|
|(60 min.)||Jungle hike|
|14:00||Time to swim in pool at base of waterfall|
|14:40||Leave waterfall to return to kayaks|
|15:00||Kayak back to kayaking base|
|16:00||Tour ends, return to ferry and Ishigaki Port (return ferry ticket is flexible)|