Linz and I have had our sights on visiting some of the outlying islands of Okinawa for a long while. These islands are collectively called the Karama Islands. There are 5 of them that lie just west of Okinawa. They are known for their superbly clear water and their outstanding snorkeling.
In order to get there we had to take fairy ride for about an hour.
This is Hayden exploring the harbor and wanting to go on the boat but me telling him “no”. He got upset with me…
McKay looking out his window on the way.
After we arrived to the island we had a guide pick us up and take us out to our cabin we would be staying in. We wanted to drop off our bags as soon as possible so that we could get down to the beach and spend as much time there as we could. The weather was going to be bad the next day so we had to make the most of the good weather.
We had heard that there were turtles at Tokashiku beach. Linz didn’t hesitate to jump in a go look and within 5 minutes BOOM! she found one. It was really amazing to just float above them as the grazed along the ocean floor for food. They are so peaceful and calm animals.
I think in total we saw 6 turtles. Linz saw two of them together. We have video of that you can check out here. The cool thing about them is that you could follow them for hours and they didn’t really care. Probably so used to people around them. But they were beautiful creatures.
The kids new favorite thing to do at the beach is to collect hermit crabs and build them a house. Mostly the house is made up for trash, shells, and other things they can find along the beach. They seriously do this for hours at a time!
The first day we spent about 6 hours at the beach. We ate our packed lunch. Hayden took a nap in our tent and we snorkeled. at about noon the tide was really low and there was a ton of coral that was exposed. It was beautiful! We walked along the shoreline and picked up shells and looked at the coral. We also found the biggest sea shell of my entire life.
After we had spent out energy at the beach we went back up to our cabin for the evening. They had a park that we enjoyed and we ate our food and then settled in for the night.
We played at the playground until our kids become eaten by thousands of mosquitoes. The place where we were staying didn’t have any bed at all but traditional tatami mats and they have just a bunch of quilts to sleep on. Our kids slept decently on them. But Linz and I are either too old or too weak to handle it. We both felt like we slept (or attempted to sleep) on bricks the next morning. I felt like my “old man back” was gonna give out and I had to take 800 mg ibuprofen and it took about half the day for my back to work properly again.
Literally rained from the moment we woke up until the moment we went to sleep. When I say rain, it wasn’t a little rain either. Like pouring rain, cats and dogs, for 80% of the day. The other 20% was steady rain. We forced ourselves to go outside though. We had rain jackets and our friends let us borrow their car.
The Island of Tokashiki isn’t too big but there are several lookout points that we wanted to hit.
Wish we could have had more time to really explore all of the nooks and crannies of the island. I never feel like we get enough time. But we do try and see everything we can with the time we have.
There are moments when you just have to put a smile on and get out there and enjoy the moments you have. Besides for me I’d rather be on a rainy adventure than a have beautiful day while I work. I always tell me kids “We are going on an adventure and you’re gonna like it!” Eventually after hearing this a ton of times they believe you.
Linz and I decided that we endured day 2 in order to have day 1 and day 3. Both days were nearly perfect. We met up with some family friends there on the last day and had another amazing day. We were able to get Kennedy and McKay out snorkeling and both saw turtles. It was warm enough that the water felt good but not so hot that you melted. We caught about 10,000 hermit crabs.
Seriously who would not want to be at a beach like this? This was easily on the best beaches in Okinawa. It had great sand, great water, great snorkeling. Our only complaint was that we didn’t get to spend more time there.
This year Hayden has been enjoying the beach so much! He loves to catch crabs and torture them. He also loves to wander into the water. But I think he loves his mom most of all.
At about 4 PM we headed back to the main island of Okinawa to close our adventure. I have a video compilation of all of our adventures.
Hope you enjoy the blog today! I am gonna miss this place when we have to leave in 1 year.
I’ll end with some scenic shots I took while there. I have my entire gallery of the Karamas is found here.
I feel like I learn lessons and having experiences that are shaping me and molding me into a different and hopefully a better person. The lesson from the Karamas would be, look out and look around. If things don’t look like you want them to then smile and enjoy the moment your in. It will pass, sometimes you just have to hold on and then the sun will come through and you’ll have sun shine and the beauty you always wanted.