Discover the Beauty of Mangrove in Amami Oshima

Have you ever visited a mangrove? It’s quite common for those from Europe to answer with a “no.” Mangroves are unique forests found in subtropical to tropical regions. Today, I’d like to introduce you to the mangroves of Amami Oshima.

What’s a Mangrove?

The mangrove forest in Amami Oshima.

Mangroves are a collective term for forests that form in estuarine areas where saltwater and freshwater mix. Composed of salt-tolerant plants, they thrive in the intertidal zones between land and sea.

Size of the Mangrove in Amami Oshima

Amami Oshima is home to numerous mangrove forests of varying sizes. Among them, the mangroves in Sumuyō, located in the central part of the island, stand out as the largest. Covering an expansive area of 71 hectares, it is the second-largest mangrove in Japan.

Characteristics of Mangrove in Amami Oshima

Huge tidal flat appeared in the mangrove.

Let’s explore some distinctive features of the mangroves in Amami Oshima.

Firstly, the majority of tree species in these mangroves belong to two main types called Black mangrove and Yellow mangrove. These two tree varieties constitute over 80% of the mangrove vegetation.

Furthermore, the tidal range in Amami Oshima’s mangroves is exceptionally large. During spring tides, the tidal difference can reach up to 250 centimeters. As a result, during high tide, the mangrove area is submerged in water, while during low tide, vast tidal flats are revealed.

Additionally, these mangroves host a diverse array of small organisms, contributing to a rich ecosystem. The mangrove environment supports crustaceans, fish, and even wild boars venture in from the mountains.

Activities in the Mangrove

Kayaking tour in the mangrove forest in Amami Oshima.

One of the most popular activities in the mangroves of Amami Oshima is kayaking. We also offer kayak tours, suitable for everyone from children to the elderly, as the mangroves provide a calm and wave-free environment. The scenery within the mangrove tunnels is exceptionally beautiful, offering a tranquil natural experience.

Additionally, there are tour companies that organize Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) tours, providing another exciting way to explore the mangrove.

Explore the Mangroves Whan Visiting Amami Oshima

A guide explain about the mangorove.

The mangroves stand as one of the most breathtaking natural landscapes in Amami Oshima. While it’s true that they can attract a crowd depending on the season, our tours strive to guide you through less frequented waterways. We also offer early morning kayak tours with breakfast included, providing a unique and serene experience. When you visit Amami Oshima, don’t miss the opportunity to join our mangrove tours.