The other main activity is whale watching. Depending on the season there are different whales around Ogasawara. I was lucky and always saw huge humpback whales between the dives.Actually I paid less for diving and whale watching from the dive boat than for an ordinary whale watching trip.Too bad I missed to take a picture when the huge 15m whale...more
The youth hostel is so much fun. You can even prepare your own food! I helped making sushi, but it is harder than i thought :)
Sushi experts only need 4 moves and the sushi is ready.
All of the islands in the Osawagara chain are part of Tokyo so technically you aren't leaving it when you sail from Tokyo Bay to Chichi Jima. The ferry is the only public way to get to the island because there is no airport. The trip takes about 25 hours. Unless you are lucky or maybe if you buy from a travel agent you will get shared...more
All food stores have less items on the shelves when the ferry arrives because their stock is on the ship. Therefore when we went to buy some bread they told us they wouldn't get it until about 2pm when the ship was offloaded.
It seems like the whole town is at the dock when the ferry leaves. There are dancers, drummers and endless waving. The tour boat operators (about 5) join in as you leave the island trying to outdo each other in the goodbyes so make sure you are outside on the right side of the boat as soon as you put your things at your sleeping spot.
Ogasawara islands have hundreds of dive spots. I just managed 16 different one cause I had to get back to Tokyo. Very sad :(Anyway, here you can find everything and everything can happen. Maybe you see dolphins, whale’s and big sharks while diving, but you can also find great macro motives when you look to the reef and not into the blue.more