I got bit by a fish and learnt two life lessons for living in Okinawa

After arriving back to Okinawa from our awesome trip to the US we took the weekend to catch up on the boring stuff, washing, grocery shopping and the all important sleep. During our 3 week vacation the temperature and humidity index in Okinawa shot up quite a few notches so when the next weekend rolled around we were in desperate need of a beach.

View of another island from Sesoko Beach

View of another island from Sesoko Beach

Living on a small island does have its advantages, and we are lucky enough to live just a stone throw away from Araha, but wanting to explore this beautiful paradise even more we decided to try out a new beach, in fact a new island!

Sesoko Island, although a bit of a drive North for us, is accessible by car and having googled images of the beach it looked fantastic, so thats where we headed.

sesoko (2 of 4)

To make our day trip easier and kinder on our wallets we even packed lunch, and thanks to my sister-in-law who gifted me tupperware for Christmas we didnt have to pack our picnic in cake tins like we have done in the past.

Eden had an absolute blast with her tube

Eden had an absolute blast with her tube

We busted out inflatable tubes for the girls, although Clio didnt want to have anything to do with hers, which worked out perfectly as it meant I got to have just as much fun as Eden.

sesoko (3 of 4)

Shortly after lunch we left, Clio was beached out and Matt & I were sporting some serious sunburn, this Okinawa sun is no joke.

Our island explorations didnt stop there, the next weekend some friends invited us to join them at a different island, known as Minna.

beach at Minna-Jima

beach at Minna-Jima

Minna, unlike Sesoko, is only accessible by ferry, which departs from Toguchi Port (very near the bridge to Sesoko Island) and only takes about 15 minutes.

Eden with her friends on the ferry to Minna-Jima

Eden with her friends on the ferry to Minna-Jima

Minna Island was beautiful, the sand was a lot nicer than Sesoko and the waters were so clear.

building sand cakes

building sand cakes

Matt borrowed our friends snorkel gear and headed out and fell in love with it, so much so, the next day he went out and bought his own; I see lots of snorkeling in our future 🙂

Eden with her tube at Minna-Jima

Eden with her tube at Minna-Jima

We brought out Edens tube, sadly I forgot to bring Clio’s so I had to miss out on that fun for most the day (although as we were leaving I realized you can hire tubes, so next time I am definitely doing that) I say most the day because a friend let me borrow hers, so Eden and I used them to head out as far as we could go, well that was the plan until I pointed my toe and lowered my foot to see how deep we were…then I got bit by a fish, it was so sharp and even drew a little blood.

Clio happy to have found a rock

Clio happy to have found a rock

Trying not to panic Eden, although I could feel the panic rising as Okinawa has a fair few poisonous beasties around, I calmly swam back to shore. Matt and I walked to find some first aid, but all we came across was a lady who looked at my foot, said “fish bite” and gave me the biggest smile and said “OK!” Phew, not poisonous but lesson most definitely learnt; must wear water shoes!

iphone snap of my fish bite

iphone snap of my fish bite

We took the 2.30pm ferry back to the main island, yet again sporting a rather bad sunburn, which is where we learnt our second lesson…must wear long sleeve rash guards!

A great day out and can’t wait for our next beach/island/snorkeling adventure.

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6 responses to “I got bit by a fish and learnt two life lessons for living in Okinawa

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    • Thanks Rachael! Ha the nice beach weather will be here before you know and then it gets so hot you can’t really enjoy it!! November is my favorite month because the humidity levels drop but the sun is still shining! I also remember last year we went swimming at the beach on 2nd January…pretty good for winter, but this year I have definitely found it to be a lot cooler 😦

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