Zamami Island

For memorial Day weekend we finally checked off a big item on my Okinawa bucket list. We visited the Keramas! Specifically Zamami Island. The Keramas are a group of islands to the west of Okinawa, still part of Okinawa Prefecture, but the only way to get there is by ferry. It is a bit more remote and mostly just guesthouses to stay in. Sometimes I get a bit dramatic about how much I love a place, but it was one of my favorite places we've visited since we've been out here. The beaches were insanely beautiful, the snorkeling was amazing and clear, the town was small enough to bike around, the food was great. I hope I get to go back before we leave!
We had to take the slow boat to the island so it was about 2 hours I believe, but it was nice bc lucy could actually walk around and be her toddler self. The ferry ride itself was gorgeous. I could not believe how BLUE the water was.
arriving in the port-that water is totally for real!
The day we got there we rented bikes and biked over to Ama beach. Riding bikes to the beach was magical. This beach is closer to town and has sea turtles, but I sadly did not see any :( We hiked up a bit to a beautiful lookout point. I felt a tiny bit like I was in Thailand. I loved the relief of the islands against the ocean. It was gorgeous. We didn't spend much time at Ama before hopping on our bikes to see a little more of the island.
We turned a corner to see a little group of goats just hanging out. This little guy started running alongside Duke. They are just the cutest!!
Hanging out in our little apartment. We stayed at Beachcombers. It was a tiny room with futons, a kitchenette and a bathroom. Also Japanese style accommodations are kind of great with toddlers. The beds are on the floor and the tables are low, so you don't have to worry about them climbing and falling off stuff!

Our next day we spent the part of it at Furuzamami Beach which was my favorite. The water and views were incredible. Plus they had snocones! That day the water was crystal clear and the snorkeling was some of the best I have ever seen!!!!!
Duke out there snorkeling
tuckered out beach babe
The rest of the day we spent at a beach way on the other side of the island. I don't know if it has a name, but our guesthouse drove us and our friends we were with over there. It was nice bc the sand was soooo soft and we were the only ones there all day. Score. Also, I didn't seem to take any pictures at this beach!
Dinner with our friends
love all the colorful shisa's around the island

Our last day we woke up and it was raining. I still really wanted to see some turtles, so we biked to Ama, but I'm a baby about being cold and I didn't want to get in the water. So obviously I didn't see any. It cleared up after a few hours and we went back to Furuzamami beach until our ferry left that afternoon.
a good example of recycling in Japan. Can't just throw something away!
After the rain the water wasn't as clear and of course the first day our camera was dead, but here's a couple pics of the critters under there.
I love them together
That's a wrap. I highly recommend taking the time to go if you are out this way. It was a beach lovers paradise.


Azalea Festival!

The Higashi Village Azalea Festival was way back in March! I actaully tried to blog about it earlier, but something happened to my post and it got deleted after I had down a lot of work, so I gave up. However, this place needs to be recorded in my blog! I loved it, obviously. It's a bit north of us, about an hour and  half I believe, so we decided to test luck and threw Lucy in the car. Pretty much ever since she has learned to walk it has become difficult to bring her places. She doesn't like the stroller, occasionally will be content in a carrier, but mostly she wants to get down and walk on her own and in her own direction. She keeps life interesting.
The park was great! It's a pretty big park with paved paths and azaleas all around. We got some fair food and mostly let Lucy be our guide. Okinawa several different flower events throughout the spring and I think I have been to all of them now! There are a couple that I would like to try to go to next year again bc I didn't get there at peak season. The lily festival was a littler premature when I went and the iris's when almost if not already dead. The love for flowers here is really one of my favorite things about being out here. I don't remember any flower events like this growing up in the midwest/south. I gotta enjoy them while I can!
i love the lush okinawa greenery against the beautiful flowers in this one^
She looks so much younger to me in this picture! I guess it was 4+ months ago:)
sweet as a pea when things are done on her agenda ;)

 loved how she carried her dolly the whole entire time
 picking and throwing flowers...she's very respectful ;)
 my love
the many faces of lulu
 some goldfish and a dolly what more do you need?