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Off-The-Beaten-Path: 5 Unexpected Adventures in Okinawa

13 March, 2017
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Off-The-Beaten-Path: 5 Unexpected Adventures in Okinawa

Discover a New Destination

 

Living in Hong Kong, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to weekend breaks. With so many interesting cities, towns and resorts close by, planning our next holiday is easy to do on a whim. But, when it comes to choosing a destination, old habits die hard, and we end up going to the same types of places again and again!

More than just another beach getaway, Okinawa is a treasure trove of cultural experiences, mouth-watering food and hidden adventure. Lured by the promise of white sand beaches, crystal clear oceans and a good dose of vitamin ‘sea,’ we’re one step ahead, packing our bags and booking these off-the-beaten path excursions. And with direct daily flights to Ishigaki with HK express that, in our opinion, are a steal, these incredible trips are a mere 2.5 hour flight away…

Brought to you in partnership with Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau

Featured image sourced via Dreamstime

1 / 5

Ishgaki Sunset, Star-Gazing Canoe Trip

Navigate the Miyara River by starlight and snake down the longest river on Ishigaki Island! Suitable for all (so don’t stress if you’re paddling skills aren’t quite up to scratch!), hop in a kayak as the sun starts to set and embark on a guided tour of stars and constellations.

Check out the full itinerary and costs here!

2 / 5

Pinaisara Falls: Full Day Kayaking and Trekking Tour

Standing as the highest waterfall in Okinawa, kayak an hour through unspoilt mangrove forests on the Mare and Hinai Rivers, trek to the top of Pinaisara Waterfall and marvel at the view!  The team will also pack a delish lunch for you to enjoy (or hungrily devour) amongst the spectacular backdrop. Don’t forget to pack your swimwear, girls – there’s plenty of opportunities to swim in the natural rock pools below.

Check out the full itinerary and costs here!

3 / 5

Kayaking and Trekking to Sangara Waterfall and Snorkeling

Perfect for those looking to pack their trip with adventures, this tour combines an unforgettable kayaking trip down Nishida River and a hike up to Sangara Waterfall (where you’ll then pitstop for a picnic in amongst unspoilt forests). Still raring to go? Take a boat to Barasu Island and snorkel around this unique island made entirely from dead coral, where sea-life thrives and waters are serene (and surreal!).

Check out the full itinerary and costs here! 

4 / 5

Ishigaki Sunset Cruise

After a hard days trekking, you’re entitled to a little R&R, girls! All aboard the Ishigaki Sunset Cruise – a two hour sail around the Yaeyama Islands that’ll have you stuffing your face with delicious barbecue and drinks while listening to live music. BYOB, grab a fishing rod (if you fancy!) and relax amongst dreamy pink skies and Insta-worthy backdrops. 

Check out the full itinerary and costs here!

5 / 5

Fun Diving in ​Ishigaki

Prized for it’s insanely blue waters, you just know that diving in Okinawa is going to set the bar high! Ranked as the number one dive destination in Japan, Yaeyama islands play host to unusual dive sites, colourful coral reefs and and marine creatures. Board a cruise and indulge in a whole day underwater, customising your dives based on skill, sea conditions and interests! Got your fingers crossed to spot a manta? Prime Scuba will do its utmost to make memories and unreal encounters happen.

Check out the full itinerary and costs here!

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