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Waking up to overcast skies and showers the next morning we head off in our hire car for a tour around the island. David managed to hire the car, understand the salesman who spoke no English whatsoever, and even decipher the Japanese writing on the dashboard. It's surprising what one can do when one has to.
Heading off around the island in the pouring rain, we stop off at a few scenic ...
... communal laundry etc. Then we travelled to the north to a glorious beach with coral reefs and mangroves where we were able to spend some time on a glass bottomed boat before returning home via the local limestone caves, all stalactites snd stalagmites. Just a very relaxed day spent wandering round the prettiest island we have seen in ...
... 1.000 - 1.500 ¥ for a day. Probably everywhere you can use shower and changing rooms for free. Also public beaches offer you shower and changing room for free. Ultimate experience is Taketomi Jima. Just 6km with the ferry boat from Ishigaki. Every 30min goes another ferry. That makes Taketomi easy to plan for a day trip. On the island rent a bike (just close to the pier), it's cheap and brings you quick to the beautiful beaches and the very ...
... the rest of the day swimming in the clear waters and gazing into the beautiful horizon. Yes I know...it's a tough life ;))) An interesting observation I made in Okinawa is that despite being a tropical island with SE Asia islands to the south, there are no palm/coconut trees here! The ones I have seen are artificially planted along the highways, and not naturally growing in the lush jungles. Instead, there are pine trees that nearly smell like Xmas trees. So ...
... there are a lot of traditional Yaeyama-style houses left in the village.
We arrived at Taketomi Island in the late afternoon of the third day of the trip. A guest house staff picked us up at the ferry port, so my mum didn't walk much for the day. Immediately after we arrived at the guest house, I went out, because I predicted it would rain on the next day. I visited Taketomi Primary and Junior High School, Nagomi Tower and Nishi Sanbashi Pier. I enjoyed strolling in the ...