We woke up early to go meet Sawako near her home. We met her half way at a Starbucks and then we drove together towards the aquarium. Okinawa has a pretty famous aquarium.
On the way.
We stopped to eat lunch before we got there (the drive is about 2 hours) at a curry place that Sawako likes and eats at often.
Good food, good view.
And then to a coffee / tea house that she also wanted to show us:
Even better view.
From the bottom, this time.
We eventually made it to Aquarium Park…
This is just outside the aquarium.
A giant turtle made from flowers.
Dolphin pool and ocean.
Ok, let’s start inside:
Curvy shaped tank.
A scuba diver is cleaning the glass on the tank as a whale shark swims behind.
Both cleaners. This tank was the main attraction.
Feeding time. See the whale shark eating? They are like vacuums.
From the aquarium we walked to a nearby beach called Emerald Beach. I bought a swimsuit and towel so I could swim.
This is where we swam. The water was perfect for swimming.
A great sunset.