Have you ever heard of the Busena Terrace Resort? It’s a gorgeous resort complex on the West side of the island not too far from Nago, has many delicious looking restaurants, karaoke, a spa, lots of water related activities and sadly this post isn’t about how we had a kid-free staycation there, although that would be pretty awesome!
The girls and I did take a drive there to check out the Underwater Observatory Tower and Glass-bottom boat one incredibly hot day and while I was somewhat hesitant to pay the cost to do these two activities, seeing Eden’s little face light up was worth every penny.
We did the Glass-bottom boat first and we couldn’t have picked a better day! I had checked the website that morning to see what the conditions were and they said it was clear and calm but I really wasn’t expecting it to be SO clear and calm.
We immediately saw all sorts of sea life and Eden was in her element as she identified many of them; starfish, parrot fish, sea cucumbers, we even saw a couple of sea snakes (which are poisonous, eek).
At one point the boat stopped and we were given the option to purchase food for the fish, we didn’t but plenty people aboard did which we benefited from. The trout especially loved it and as we gazed over the side of the boat we got pretty wet from all the splashing about as they fought for the food.
The ride was only about 20 minutes long but so worth it. Eden was so excited to not only tell Matt about it all but is also so desperate to bring him back so he can go on it. She also declared she wants to deep sea dive, I told her we should work on swimming first.
Once we were back on land we decided to walk the 5 minutes to the underwater observatory tower instead of waiting for the shuttle. Even though it was a quick walk, we probably should have waited for the shuttle because Clio was being a lazy lump so I had to carry her, it was ridiculously hot so by the time we reached the tower I was pool of sweat and moisturizer…
This is probably my least favorite thing about summer time in Okinawa; any moisturizer you apply whether it be face or body will ‘melt’ and turn your skin into a hot mess; please tell me I am not the only one who has this problem?
Anyway, once you get to the tower you have to descend a spiral staircase, about 50 steps total and of course I had to do it carrying Clio, thankfully it was air conditioned!
At the bottom you get a 360 degree view of the ocean and of course a look at some of the inhabitants. The portholes were too high for Clio so it wasn’t as enjoyable for us as it was for Eden and even Eden could only see through some of them.
It was also pretty busy down there in such a small space so we didn’t stay too long plus it was way past our lunchtime and we were all getting hangry.
A few minutes wait for the free shuttle and then a couple minutes later we were back at the parking lot and heading home.
Hopefully next time I return to this place it will be for a kid-free staycation!