November Update |Winter is Coming

By November 1, 2017 February 6th, 2018 2 Comments

The end of October brought two typhoons that quickly cooled down the island for a while and Manta season ended early to the disappointment of many divers. However, the weather is still warm enough to comfortably enjoy Ishigaki’s beaches with temperatures around 25-30°C! The water temperature is also around the same so there is still plenty of time to enjoy both snorkeling and other water activities.

UPDATE: This year’s november was actually quite cold compared to previous years! If you are planning a trip to Ishigaki be aware that November is a bit of a gamble, it can also be quite cold around 20°C and strong winds.

November is actually one of my favorite months on Ishigaki, night temperatures get low enough to skip the air-condition and instead open the windows to feel the breeze. Love the fresh air and the quietness! Talking about quiet, there are also fewer tourists on Ishigaki and life slows down to a more comfortable place. I know many people (especially business owners) will not agree with this being a good thing as they quickly see the money flow drop but, for me, it’s a much-needed break. I just can’t help myself, it’s just so nice to walk around with a brain that no longer feels like an overheated hard drive!

I’ve finaly had the energy to start up Instagram again, I don’t dare to promise a massive flow of pictures but there will be at least weekly updates from now on. A big thanks to everybody who has tagged #visitishigaki, I will feature some of your amazing pictures soon. I’m really looking forward to shooting more ocean pictures again and I already have a few ideas for Christmas.

By the end of this month, I hope to have a guide up for Ishigaki city with sightseeing spots worth visiting. Like the Torinji temple, peace-bell park, the 730 crossing, and a few other places worth of interest. Also, good spots for shopping and where you can find supermarkets.


Until then, thanks for stopping by ^_^


  • Chiara Lulli says:

    We visited Ishigaki after we read your pages, but we have to disagree with you! Unfortunately!
    We were there from 21. to 25. November and the weather was constantly cloudy, rainy and pretty cold! Such a pity!
    So we asked the local people about the island’s weather and they recommended to visit it until October because yet in November starts the winter season!
    I agree that the island is gorgeous but to enjoy it I suggest other times, at the less until October.
    We hope we can visit the island again with its best radiancy and shine!

    Good bye from Italy

    • Anna says:

      Hi Chiara, I’m sorry to hear that you had bad luck with the weather during your stay!
      This November has been a bit colder than usual (especially compared to last year). July-October are the hottest months here (and the highest risk of typhoons).
      This post reflects my subjective feeling of the temperature, as a Swede, I would never dream of calling anything above 20°C cold. I guess, being from Italy, your expectations would be very different.
      Thank you so much for taking your time to comment, I will keep this in mind when writing about weather and climate in the future.

      Wishing you all the best

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