Surfing is a fast-growing activity in Okinawa. The waves here are very hollow and powerful. In the summer, approaching typhoons cause large swells to form, which turn into nice rideable waves. In the winter, strong northern winds bring in good waves and keep surfers busy. Be careful of the reef and make sure you observe and ask for tips from local surfers before entering the water.
Another good place to scuba dive or snorkel is Cape Hedo. This is where Pacific Ocean and South China Sea meets which sometime can cause dangerous diving condition. Just be careful on some of the corals or underwater caves because when the surf is strong it can leave a mark.
Equipment: Scuba gear or snorkeling fins and mask
If you would like a nice little hike and at the same time see a raging falls, I recommend going to Hiji Falls. They have a well established trails to reach the falls the only downside is too many steep steps hehe. Just remember to wear comfortable sandals or shoes and also bring plenty of water during warmer days.
They do have signs prohibiting swimming and diving in the bottom of the falls
Equipment: Comfy footwear and water for hydration.
If your one of those people who likes to get their feet wet. Cape Maeda is the place where you can find one the best spot to scuba dive and snorkel. They also have a terrace where you can sit back and watch the divers explore the reef. Make sure to check out this spot.
Equipment: bring snorkel and mask or rent a scuba gear with the many shops on the island.
A visit to Okinawa is a must for serious practicioners of Karate who want to go back to the roots.
Karate was developed in Okinawa, (some say as a mix between Ryukyuan and Kenpo). It was given the name karate after introduction to Japan, meaning "empty hand."
People come from all over the world to train and participate in international competitions.
I stumbled upon a "fight night" of sorts where anyone could sign up to fight in the ring. There were a lot of mixed styles, locals, and military participants. I didn't see any women other than one holding a sign indicating the round.
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