In October, Nate and I decided to explore the island a bit more. One of our weekends we went to go check out the popular Hiji Falls. It's a pretty easy hike, about 2 km into the waterfall and beautiful scenery along the way. Although we're definitely still trying to get used to this humidity! #californiapeeps #humidityiskillingus
After walking though the beautiful, tropical forest, we could hear the waterfall before we saw it. Standing at 26 meters high, it was an impressive sight. People aren't allowed to swim in the falls due to 2 deaths since 2013, but we were still able to admire them from a nice wooden viewing platform.
To help cool us off, we decided to hike back part of the way in the stream. Very refreshing and cool #helpeddothetrick
Towards the end of October, since I had been recently scuba certified (blog here) Nate and I wanted to go check out the famous Blue Cave dive in Onna. Unfortunately, the weather was too bad and we weren't able to get into the water. That's where google came in handy! I looked up other things to do in the area and we stumbled upon the Forest Adventure Park. We love ziplining so we were in!
I was wearing flip flops, and you need closed toe shoes in order to go into the park..... that is where my scuba boots came in handy #heywhateverworks #scubabootstotherescue
After a quick safety briefing and getting into our harnesses, we were ready to start our adventure. The park has 9 different ziplines included in over 33 obstacles in the park with views of the gorgeous ocean below. On top of that, we had the freedom to click ourselves onto the lines and go at our own pace. This was unexpected and pleasant (no need to stay with a group or guide). #FREEDOM
Nate ziplining below:
Me ziplining below - definitely nailed the landing on the first one ;)
After the 9 zip lines, there's a whole other adventure park section. It has swinging board bridges, ring bridges and a Tarzan swing. #myworstnightmare I'm not gonna lie, I'm scared of heights (but able to zip line somehow?!) so the Tarzan swing was my "Everest" during this course. The Tarzan swing is a big free-swinging rope that you clip onto and then jump off a platform to swing into a cargo net below #lordhelpme BUT I was able to it (see video below): #woohoo
Don't miss out on these awesome sites on the northern part of Okinawa!
Follow in our Footsteps:
781-1 Hiji, Kunigami,
Kunigami District, Okinawa Prefecture 905-1495, Japan
Entrance: 500 yen
also has camping
Forest Adventure Park
1525 Maeda, Onna, Kunigami District,
Okinawa 904-0417, Japan
Hours: 8am - 5pm
Cost: 3800 yen
Restrictions: Participants must be at least 140 cm tall (roughly 4 foot 6 inches) and weigh less than 130 kg (about 286 lbs). No pregnant women or flip-flops/slip-on shoes allowed on obstacles.
Megan Bond - AUTHOR
Just a girl raised in California and loved exploring Southeast Asia with my husband! We're back in the States but still exploring the world as much as we can!