Monday, February 23, 2015

Okinawa Bucket List: Whale Watching

Three winters here, and three seasons worth of whale migrations here in Okinawa, and we finally went this time around! My first winter here I actually saw a bunch of whales off the coast from Cape Manzamo one day: super cool but too far off to take pictures. This time around it was awesome to see them up close. And thank goodness for dramamine, because I'm pretty sure I would have been miserable without it. 

We saw a bunch of them in our time out on the sea. We got to see one breech as our boat was headed out and it was my favorite. No photographic evidence unfortunately. And I just don't think pictures do these majestic creatures justice. One was skimming the surface for a while and it was huge! But pictures don't show that. So glad to see it in person. 
^^you can see the mist from his blow hole^^
I don't think Baby J was feeling too hot from it. Several people told me the baby should be just fine, but I don't think he felt good. He looked a little greenish when I came down and found him like this.
But he was extra snuggly to Victor, which Victor loved.

As my mom said when I told her we were going whale watching, "it isn't hard for you to have fun in Okinawa." True true. There's always something to see or do. Love it. Happy Monday!


  1. I'm going next week! I have this *thing* for massive animals - whales, elephants, etc... Haha!

    I really hope we see some. I've tried every year, but the weather has always stopped me from going. Pray that it doesn't happen this time around.

  2. I'm so happy to hear you guys had a good time! We went last year and i got super sea sick.. something that had never happened to me before, so i spent the whole tour on the back of the boat :( My husband said they only saw 1 whale but you could only see it's tail .. We'll definitely go prepared with some Dremamine next time.

  3. J looks a lot like you as a baby in the bottom pic. Even when he's next to victor! Poor guy. Glad you guys got to see some whales.

  4. Yeah, J looks like he's had better times. Poor babe. Love whale watching though. It was worth enduring the sea sickness!

  5. How fun is this?! You guys are the cutest little family!