This Beach Resort in Japan Is Perfect for Nature Lovers
Enjoy water activities for a good cause!
ANA InterContinental Manza Beach Resort
2260 Seragaki Onna-son,Kunigami-gun,Okinawa
With climate change posing an even graver threat to our natural surroundings, taking care of our seas is now more important than ever. In Japan, hotels like ANA InterContinental Manza Beach Resort in Okinawa are leading the way. Since 2003, the hotel has been involved in the campaign "Team Chura Sango" (chura means "beautiful" in the Okinawa dialect and sango means "coral" in Japanese). For many years, they have been cleaning the waters, getting rid of crown-of-thorns starfish, and planting nursery plants to protect the coral reefs. Guests can also contribute to the cause by participating in the hotel's "Plan to Protect the Coral Reefs" campaign.
"Plan to Protect the Coral Reefs"
The "Plan to Protect the Coral Reefs" program allows guests to learn about the current state of the coral reefs in Okinawa and the importance of protecting the coral farm in the Onnason fishing port. They are also taught how to make a nursing plant that will help preserve the corals in the water.
Be one with nature.
Make a coral nursing plant.
At the end of the program, guests go on a tour to observe the cultivated coral reefs in the ocean. They can choose from three different kinds of tours: a tour on Submarine Jr. II (Underwater Observatory Ship), snorkeling, or diving.
The Submarine Jr. II (Underwater Observatory Ship) operates from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The fee will set you back by ¥7,000 for adults aged 13 and up and ¥6,000 for children six to 12 years old. Both fees are tax inclusive. Each ride is limited to 20 people only.
Admire sea life from the Submarine Jr. II.
Guests can go Coral Reef Snorkeling from 4 p.m to 5:40 p.m. The fee for each adult is ¥10,000 for adults and ¥8,500 for children. Both fees are tax inclusive and the tour is limited to six people at a time only.
Snorkel for a cause
There's also an opportunity to go Coral Reef Diving from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The fee is ¥17,500 for adults aged 13 to 64 years old and includes tax. Both a logbook and certification card are needed. Each tour is limited to four people and availability is subject to weather conditions.
Get closer to the coral reefs.
Part of the fees from this plan will be donated to projects that help protect the coral reefs in the ocean.
Provided by Japan Walker™ and Kyushu Walker™ (25 March 2019)