Welcome to Ogata Whale Watching tour!
Here, “Tosa-bay” is the only place where you can meet the Bryde's whale in Japan.
Let’s make unforgettable memory of whales!
Please read the instructions below to spend wonderful time with whales, safely and happily.
・The tour normally takes around 4 hours, sometimes takes more to look for whales. Therefore, please take enough time in your plan.
・We will ask how much you have extra time.
・If you have a schedule (train, bus and so on) after the tour, please inform us it in advance.
●From reservation to departure
We do our very best to make you spend a wonderful time with whales and dolphins. But, we cannot control them, and cannot guarantee it. We do not refund the fee even though you meet nothing on the tour. Instead of it, we present you post cards.
Please understand it, and apply the tour.
* Notes on reservation
・We cannot accept pregnant women and women who have possibility of pregnancy.
・We cannot accept children under 3 years old.
* The equipment of the boats (The boats are fishing boats)
Toilet： Each boat has a toilet.
Shading： There are sunbreaks of each boat. In the case of cold day, the captain may put away sunbreaks.
●Clothes and Equipment
・You should avoid skirts and high-heels. Comfortable clothes and sneakers are better.
・Even in summer time, you may feel cold on the sea. Please, take the clothes with which you can control the body temperature.
・Hat or Cap. Take care of being blown off.
●Prepare by yourself
・Take measures for heatstroke
・If you are sensitive to sea sickness, please take medicine. We do not sell the medicine, please prepare it by yourself.
・You can take lunches, snacks and beverages on the boat. But, alcohol is strictly prohibited. Please refrain from bringing alcohol on the boat.
・You should take camera and video, but take care about splash or submerge
* We prepare life jacket.
●The Procedure of the day
1. Meeting time
Please be at the Whale watching center (Irino port) 30 min before the departure time
It is better time to take a medicine for sea sickness.
2. Check in and
Fill in a boarding list and pay the passenger fee. We accept only cash.
3. Story of Whales,
・We show the story about whales, dolphins, and other creatures whom we can meet during the tour. Also, we give instructions to avoid the danger.
・There is no English speaker guide on the boat, so we prepare English leaflet of it.
・We have sick bags, please ask us before embarking.
・It is better to go to the toilet before boarding.
・Our boats are fish boats. Therefore, they are not barrier-free.
・You use the ladder to go on board and get off the boat. Depending on the ebb and flow of the tide, distance will be big. Please watch your steps.
・We hand out life jackets. Please, put on life jacket certainly.
* We give the explanatory leaflet of equipment and communication sheet for emergency.
During the tour, the boat may roll irregularly. Do not run, holding the rail to move on the boat.
On emergency, you can use the communication sheet to communication to the caption.
The captain will search whales with might and main, but to increase the possibility to meet whales, please cooperate with the captain and other passengers to search whales.
Please leave life jackets on the boat.
In the case when you meet nothing (no whales, no dolphins), we present you post card.
At the Whale watching center, cooperate to fill out a questionnaire, please.
The tour finish. We hope you continue nice travel.
Thank you very much. We are waiting for your boarding.
We make our best for you to have an amazing moment to meet whales and dolphins.
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