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One week in Okinawa

Okinawa

From October 17-24 2022, we went for one week in Okinawa. We rented a flat near the ocean through airbnb. Beaches were minutes away by foot and we enjoyed swimming in the clear water above the corals. We arrived under torrential rain and strong wind. It stayed this way for 3 days and then the weather became sunny and less windy. It was always very warm and humid, as you can expect on a tropical island. We have been happy to find organic and vegan/vegetarian restaurants in Onna and Yomitan villages, we even had one cafe/restaurant just 5 minutes away by foot from our flat, Cafe/Restaurant Gajimaru, managed by very nice and friendly people.
We had a rent a car (Nissan Note) so we went to visit few places, Okinawa is not big so you can almost go anywhere for the day; Onna-eki vegetables and fruit market, Zakimi ruins castle, an underwater observatory tower, a light house, another small island... but after these visits, we came back mostly in the area of the flat, as it was a nice place to be, many diving and snorkelling schools were there with many people coming to dive and snorkel. Some years ago, we did dive and snorkel in Australia on the great barrier reef, so we did not do any of this in Okinawa, we were more interested in taking it easy on the beach and having a good swim.
Overall we enjoyed Okinawa, we were glad to be in the Onna village area and that we could also easily find food to our taste. We even found a great bakery, with creative and friendly bakers. On the last day before flying back, we took the mono rail from the airport to go to the city center of Naha.

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Our rented flat, living room, with view over sugar cane fields and ocean on the left.

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The ocean was rough during the first days...

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Windy, cloudy... but warm...

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The beach next to our flat during the first days when it was really windy...

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Restaurant Gajimaru, 5 minutes away by foot from our flat.... vegan/vegetarian and very friendly... and excellent coffee.

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On top of wall of Zakimi castle ruins... with the ocean in the distance...

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Going to the underwater observatory tower.

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Beaches from Okinawa

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The closest beach to our flat.

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From inside a cave, on the side of the beach near our flat...

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The blue cave, famous spot for diving and snorkeling... just close to our flat.

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Papayas growing on their trees...

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Onna-eki farmers market... for local vegetables and papaya, mango, pineapple etc...

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Bakery Otonariya in Yomitan, divine bread and sweets...

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The Light House in cape Zampa

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The coast line seen from the top of the light house.

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Our beach... where we would come back every day, weather permitted...

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Kaichi road, seen from above, photo taken from a photo in the shop located in the middle after the red bridge...

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Resting in the shadow beside the shop on Kaichi road...

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Near Uruma, on Kaichi road... a spot for windsurfers and other water sports...

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Kaichi road, crossing passage...

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The mono-rail in Naha

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Downtown Naha, kokusai street...

© PHOTOS BY JC DUMONT

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