Apologies for the super long hiatus from writing! As most of my readers know, I’ve been in the process of moving my life to Okinawa, Japan! Okinawa is located about 400 miles south of mainland Japan, so the climate is considered to be subtropical and has wonderful temperatures year-round. I have already fallen head over heels with this place and all the incredible sights, sounds, and flavors.
Somehow I managed to arrive with minimal jet lag (probably because I got it the worst during my 14 hour layover in Seattle, Washington) so Trevor whisked me away to the northernmost point of the island for a night of camping with some amazing new friends close to Cape Hedo (I have included the pin drop below) I’m unsure of the actual name of this beach but it’s close to Cape Hedo.
This spot was absolutely incredible, I couldn’t even believe it was real. There was a massive reef about 15 feet off shore and best of all- almost no other people anywhere to be seen! Well, there were a few Japanese surfers and SUPers but they were packing up their things and heading home. It was about 3 pm, might I add! We had the whole place to our group of friends for the night. We surfed, snorkeled, and sat around the campfire singing songs all night. It was the best ‘Welcome to Okinawa!’ I could have received. If you’re heading to Cape Hido, there are a few things you should keep in mind and I will cover them below!
- BRING BUG SPRAY. Oh my gosh, I have never been so covered in bug bites- and yes, I did wear a little bit of bug spray but I didn’t reapply it once I got out of the water.
- Wear felt-bottomed water booties. In some areas, the water over top of the reef is less than 1 foot deep. The underwater portion of the beach is totally rocky and could very easily cut you. Plus, they make it way more comfortable to wear fins- which brings me to the next tip…
- You NEED snorkeling equipment. If you don’t have it you won’t be able to thoroughly enjoy the experience. The underwater world is far more beautiful than the rest of the beach (and the beach is stunning!)
- It doesn’t really get cool at night. I was most surprised by this because I’m used to the hottest NC days going into the low 50s at night. This is not the case in Okinawa. It stayed in the high 70s low 80s at night. If you’re camping, make sure your tent has tons of ventilation. I was drenched in sweat at 3 am. If it’s possible, get a one person sized hammock and sleep in that with a mosquito net over you.
- Don’t forget your GoPro. The reef is stunning and you’ll see some crazy fish. We saw sharks, parrot fish, puffer fish, lobsters, squids, coral trout, and many more brightly-colored beauties.
- Bring a Fire-proof grate. If you catch any fish you want to eat (there are hundreds) it’s nice to have a grate to cook them over. Providing meals from the sea was one of the highlights of the camping trip with my friends. I’m fortunate that they are such amazing
- Clean up after yourself!! There was a good bit of trash left behind at the parking lot, and I am optimistically assuming that it was caused by the recent typhoon rather than litter bugs. Help keep this place beautiful!