Guided tours at Chichijima Island, Ogasawara Islands in Tokyo
In the Ogasawara Islands, there are many choices for sea activities including; diving, canoeing, stand up paddle boat, snorkeling, whale and dolphin watching, fishing, etc.
We joined dolphin watching and joined the Minami Island tour.
Minami Island is located 1 km away in a southwest direction. The length of Minami Island is 1.5 km and the width is 400 m, so it’s small.
Only a limited number of creatures landed on the island and survived to adapt to the Ogasawara environment.
As a result of the unique evolution, the Minami Island became home to a number of endemic species.
Tourists need to be accompanied by authorized guides and can only stay on Minami Island for a maximum of 2 hours.
However, it was worth the visit to see the dynamic scenery of Ogaswara’s deep, dark and clear blue ocean, with its colorful coral reefs and beautiful tropical greens.
All day and night, there were many choices to join guided tours to see around. We went to Mt. Chuo (height 319m), the highest peak on Chichijima Island, from where we could easily see the overall size of Chichijima Island. From the top of Mt. Chuo, we saw the eastern part of Chichijima Island, where untouched nature still exists.
We also joined a night tour to see Green pepe, Sea Turtles and Ogasawara Flying fox. About 150 Flying foxes are living on Chichijima Island.
When we saw them, they were fighting to get breadfruits on the tree and roaring. We saw babies hanging onto their mothers.
We were lucky to see the stars. We lay down, counted shooting stars and watched Jupiter and Diamond star by using the special, huge astronomical telescope. However, star tours can only succeed when the the weather allows. From July to August is the typhoon season, so it might be difficult to see the stars in those months.