Orchids, Goats, Boats and so much more

In an effort to complete a quarter of our Okinawa Bucket List by the time we complete 25% of our time here on island, which is fast approaching, we have been filling our weekends up with things to do.

our lunch, good but kind of pricey!

our lunch, good but kind of pricey!

One of those things was a visit to Bios on the Hill, although I hadn’t done all that much research prior to going and I really wished I had, mainly because while it wasn’t super expensive for the entry fee, the restaurant, in my opinion was! Having arrived just before lunch, it was our first stop, it was good, but overpriced and I didn’t realize that there were ample places to sit with a picnic, which many families were doing.

some of the beautiful orchids

some of the beautiful orchids

I went in not really knowing what Bios on the Hill was all about, well thats not true, I thought that it was this giant Orchid farm, and they did have a lot of beautiful orchids but it was so much more than that.

Girls feeding the goats, Eden liked it, Clio liked it UNTIL the goat took the carrot!

Girls feeding the goats, Eden liked it, Clio liked it UNTIL the goat took the carrot!

You can buy food to feed the goats or even walk them if you want! A great play park, probably for slightly older kids; Eden enjoyed it but did struggle to climb up and down. Clio’s favorite was the small path lined with water misters, bringing some much needed relief from the hot Okinawa sun.

awesome play park

awesome play park

We paid extra to take a tour via water buffalo, the guide only spoke Japanese so we missed out on what was being said but the ride itself was enjoyable and Eden did get to sit on the buffalo at the end. Clio refused.

Water Buffalo

Water Buffalo

For a rather high price you can rent kayaks and stand up paddle boards, we opted for the much more reasonably priced boat tour. Again, the guide only spoke Japanese but it was a beautiful ride with lots of pretty things to look at.

Bios on the Hill orchids etc

As you walk around the grounds there are little paths, swinging chairs, hammocks, and swings hanging from big trees, not stroller friendly but we managed.

enjoying the hammocks

enjoying the hammocks

There is also an area to let your inner kid out by hula hooping, stilt walking and using old-school water guns. You could even have a game of frisbee if you wished.

stilts, water guns and one of the great swings

stilts, water guns and one of the great swings

I did have an unfortunate ant incident where as I walking through a tree covered path I accidentally bumped into a tree and hundreds of ants fell all over me, it was horrible.

having a go at the instruments

having a go at the instruments

There are still so many more things that I want to do and see before we return to Bios on the Hill but I do think we will return, probably when Clio is a little older so she can get more out of it and most definitely with a packed lunch so we can spend our yen on ice creams instead!

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