No edit, right before landing. So gorgeous
Okinawa has been super high on my bucket list of Japan for so long! That I went still shocks me! I had wanted to go for years but the cost of hotels and airfare are both usually crazy, but since a ton of budget airlines have moved into Japan it’s made it so much cheaper to fly to Okinawa. My flight cost: $175 via Jetstar and Peach. If you’re a foreigner ANA and JAL visitor deals (visitor visa required) to always keep it at around $210 USD, too.
I went with my girl Lucie and it was our second time traveling together. We make good travel companions. Our tiredness just makes us more sarcastic, usually towards each other She told me I was spending too much time primping and goes “Hurry up Scubasa.” ….best damn pun ever for gal and beach. I live for Scubasa.
Sadly since it’s an ocean resort a lot of things I did I couldn’t capture on film.
Lucie’s first time kayaking and my first time trying to kayak in the ocean!
Getting an amazing massage, body scrub and sauna
and best of all
We got a private boat trip to snorkel! For only $30 each we signed up for the group trip but it ended up being only Lucie, me and the driver! Such good timing! During our trip our scuba our driver (and diver) picked up a blue starfish and put it on his head like a hairpin. So hilarious! Why did I not buy a waterproof camera for these things We also got to feed fish and watch them follow us which as great!
A lot of the days were overcast, but islands tend to do that.
Lucie in Black Milk and GOA walking to the lighthouse
Walking on the beach after our relaxing massages and body scrubs.
The great weather day when we decided to kayak, swim and snorkel. Our footprints look pretty cool
Finishing off the day at our balcony with shells Lucie collected and Okinawa’s beer Orion.
Okinawa Bios on the Hill
Most of the time we were enjoying beach activities and eating tons, but the last day we decided to be a tourist and go to Okinawa Bios on the Hill (site) and then into Naha (where I was at NAHA OPA). Bios on the Hill is set up to be a natural area that shows you the good things about Okinawan culture and the ecosystem. You can be driven around by a water buffalo, go on a river cruise and learn about the language (that really cracked up the Japanese kids) and music. Here’s the English map to show you more. Lucie and I had a really fun time and for 1,200 yen it’s definitely worth a visit.
Traditional Okinawan dance and costume as well as the gorgeous flowers on the river cruise.
Orchids were everywhere in Bios. It was really gorgeous to walk around in.
One of the highlights was you got to feed and walk a goat. Above is my sweet goat who walked better than my basset hound. I love goats!
After walking goats and being in the humidity we cooled down. Lucie got Yuzu ice and Ramune
And me the addict of traditional cuisine got red bean and mochi ice with Sanpin-cha. Which is Okinawan’s own Jasmine tea.
The orchid lined path to their gift shop. I love the woody overhang.
A little note before about awesome Okinawans (especially their cab drivers):
Before I went to Okinawa I was a little unsure how I would be treated since I’m an American and the Air Force base has caused a lot of political upheaval (which is seriously the largest base I’ve ever seen). But everyone was super nice. We got a cab to drive us from our hotel to Bios on the Hill and our cabbie was so nice chatting us up and was worried about us getting another cab from Bios into town, so he gave us his card and then he gave a card to the Bios staff just in case we lost ours. Then he told them to take of us. True to his word he picked us up. Really such a nice guy who actually was listening to American country music
From Naha to the airport I got another cab and I was stuck next to one protest car in traffic (more like Pro Japan military car) and I kept quiet but the cabbie says to me “Look at that fool. What an idiot.” He turned what was a kind of awkward situation into one I smile about now.