Ferry/Boat to/from Okinawa/Taiwan?

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Ferry/Boat to/from Okinawa/Taiwan?

Postby tango42 » 23 May 2012, 08:00

Is there a direct ferry or boat to/from Okinawa and Taiwan? Any other information like cost, frequency, website, purchasing tickets, etc.

Not trying to do a visa run. Not looking for a vacation cruise which they do have. Planning to stop in Okinawa and visit friends after a vacation and catch a boat back to Taiwan as have plenty of time.

Searched here and web but can't really find anything current.
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Re: Ferry/Boat to/from Okinawa/Taiwan?

Postby BAH » 06 Jun 2012, 11:36

I think there's only Star Cruises now. The previous company 有村産業 Arimura Sangyo which ran the ferry Feilong (飛龍) went bankrupt.

http://www.backpackers.com.tw/forum/sho ... p?t=519385

According to Wikipedia several companies including Ehime Ocean Line are contemplating operating that route (Naha-Keelung) but nothing's happening.

http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E6%9C%89% ... 3%E6%A5%AD

However looking at their website it looks like they do operate Keelung-Naha, but not the other way around: http://ehime-ocean.net/route.html

And it looks like cargo only.
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Re: Ferry/Boat to/from Okinawa/Taiwan?

Postby urodacus » 06 Jun 2012, 14:29

Star Cruises, one return trip between Keelung (Jilong) and Naha per week, also stops at Ishigakijima. Fairly cheap, gambling and eating on the high seas, 3 days each way or something like that... Avoid typhoon season!
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