Read Day 1 here - Cape Manzamo (万座毛), Churaumi Aquarium
Read Day 2 here - Ocean Expo Park, snorkeling in Blue Cave, Sunset Beach
Read Day 3 here - Okinawa World, Gyokusendo Cave (玉泉洞)
Read Day 4 here - Shuri Castle (首里城)
|Ocean Expo Park|
|Sea turtle outdoor tank|
|Sea turtle underground tank view|
|Manatee feeding time|
|Oki-chan at the dolphin show|
|Nago Pineapple Park|
|Starting the tour|
|Pineapple golf carts|
|Automated carts didn't need drivers!|
When we arrived, we signed a waiver and paid then we were directed to the change room to change into swimsuits. They asked for our height, weight and shoe size prior in a phone call. The instructor came back with wetsuits, life jackets, goggles, snorkels and fins for us. After some explanation on how to use the equipment and safety procedures, we hopped into a van and were driven down to the Blue Cave area.
|We're ready to snorkel!|
The water was warm so the wetsuit acted as a protective layer for your skin against the sharp coral rather than a warming layer. We were told the waves affected the clarity but I was still able to see a lot of colourful fish and coral not far from the shore. There were so many tourists stepping on the coral but the number of fish was still impressive. I can only imagine how beautiful a more protected area would be.
|Inside the Blue Cave|
After expending all that energy, we were hungry so we went to the nearby Onna no Eki (おんあの駅 rest stop) to eat. I tried an Okinawan dish called taco rice. It was basically salsa, cheese and lettuce on top of white rice. It wasn’t amazing because I had eaten all these components before but the cold tomatoes were quite refreshing in the heat.
|Pistachio flavoured Blue Seal|