Life in Okinawa is quite different to life on mainland Japan. Okinawan folks lead a simple and happy life here, it's super chilled out and it has a country/farm-life charm to it. The style of food can be described as rustic and homely with produce and dishes that are purely Okinawan.
Today, we'll be heading to Yoshino beach which is the best beach for snorkelling in Miyako. It's home to a plethora of tropical fish and coral reef. We read that there is an uncle who calls himself the beach keeper of Yoshino and we hope to spot him!
After breakfast, we're full and sleepy so we take a morning nap because lazy naps are compulsory when on holiday. It's lunchtime before we head to Yoshino beach.
We're dropped off in the parking lot where there's a rental shop to pick up snorkelling gear and for a small fare, we hitch a ride to the beach in the shop's little van. Turns out, if we'd walk, it would have taken us a good 20 minutes.
Snorkelling ended up being a ton of fun. There were so many different types of fish and the coral life was especially stunning. I wasn't brave enough to swim further out but I could see even more amazing fish and coral in the distance. The amount of marine life this close to shore in this part of the island is quite a contrast to Maehama beach and Sunayama beach. Three beaches all on the same island but so different to each other, all with it's own charm and merits.
We head back to the carpark lot in the rental shop's van and return the snorkelling gear. Our taxi driver uncle is ready and waiting to take us back to the hotel. After a quick shower in our room, we're off to check out the retail park and I'm itching to go to the huge supermarket there to do a final sweep of goodies to bring home. We rent bikes from the hotel reception and it's a short 10 minute peddle away.
After a supermarket sweep and having a browse at the large electronics shop, we take a break and this means Japanese McDonald's.
Cheeseburger and small fries it is. The butter soya sauce is a flavouring sachet for shaking over the fries and I go gaga for it. It's extremely tasty.
Sadly the shops are closing for the evening and there's no time to check out the Japanese Daiso store, the equivalent to our £1 shop but much higher quality. Damn it. It's a juggle and struggle to balance 2 huge supermarket bags on our bike but we managed to get back to the hotel and call it a night.
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