GROUP / pre-organized
  • Okinawa Herping 3 different sub-species of Goniurosaurus kuroiwae
  • Observing Wildlife on Okinawa Mainland and Iheya Island
  • Explore unique ground gecko species in Yanbaru, southern Okinawa Mainland, and Iheya Island.


Exploring a Treasure Trove of Endemic Species: The Hunt for the Goniurosaurus kuroiwae kuroiwae and the Goniurosaurus kuroiwae toyamai.
The northern region of Okinawa Mainland, a land Herper has long admired, is particularly rich in endemic species and has even been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The amphibians and reptiles here boast a kaleidoscope of colors, from red, blue, and green frogs to yellow, green, and orange snakes, offering a wealth of exotic diversity. Our main targets for this expedition are the elusive Goniurosaurus kuroiwae, which has a limited distribution and low mobility, contributing to its high rarity. In fact, in February 2021, it was added to the CITES due to its rarity.
On Iheya Island, located in the northernmost part of Okinawa Prefecture, we'll observe the another variety of the gecko, a sub-species found nowhere else in the world. It's characterized by its pale peach-colored band patterns and plump, stout body, setting it apart from the other geckos found in Japan. In the southern region of Okinawa Mainland, we'll also encounter a population of the same species, which, due to its distinct coloration, is increasingly considered a separate species in recent years.


  City Summary
1 Naha Airport
(South of Okinawa Main Island)
Meet at Naha Airport and transfer to your hotel in a private vehicle. Upon arrival, our exclusive transportation will take you to a night of herping in search of the southern Goniurosaurus kuroiwae kuroiwae. Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to observe various other fascinating creatures, including the Cynops ensicauda, Takydromus smaragdinus and even non-native species like the Protobothrops elegans, which is originally native to only Sakishima islands.
Overnight at Green Rich Hotel Naha | Meals included : none
2 Naha
Unten Port
Iheya Island
We provide private vehicle transportation to take you to the Unten port. Upon arrival, we'll board a ferry to Iheya Island, and once we land, our exclusive transportation will transfer you to your hotel. After a satisfying dinner, we'll dive into a night of herping. The focal point of our exploration will be the Goniurosaurus kuroiwae toyamai, and we'll also observe other night-dwelling creatures, such as the Protobothrops flavoviridis, in their natural habitat.
Overnight at Matsukane Hotel | Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner
3 Iheya Island
Unten Port
In the morning, we'll take a break and then board a ferry to Unten Port. Upon arrival, our private vehicle will transfer you to your hotel in Nago, where you'll have time to prepare for our night adventure. After dinner, we'll head to the lush forests of Yanbaru in northern Okinawa for a thrilling night of herping. Get ready to observe a variety of creatures, including the Goniurosaurus kuroiwae kuroiwae, Amphiesma pryeri, Japalura polygonata polygonata, Echinotriton andersoni, and Odorrana narina.
Overnight at Green Rich Hotel Okinawa Nago | Meals included: Breakfast
4 Nago
Naha Airport
We'll arrange for a private vehicle to take you to the airport, where our unforgettable adventure comes to a close.
Meals included: Breakfast


  Price per person
Duration May 14th - May 17th, 2024
3nights 4days
from JPY 198,000 based on sharing twin rooms
Single room supplement JPY6,000

** Minimum number of participants: 4 people
** Maximum number of participants: 6 people


Private car with English speaking guide, a Japanese speaking local guide and a driver for 3 nights 4 days.


3 nights accommodation | Private car with an English speaking Guide | a Japanese speaking local guide and a driver for 3 nights 4 days | 3 breakfast and 1 dinner

Exclusive of:

Transportation to/from Japan | Domestic flights within Japan | Travel insurance | Meals not included in the program | Other individual expenses for like beverages, drinks, souvenirs etc.
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