So, Yubu Island. This was most definitely one of the highlights of the trip because it was everything I expected Okinawa to be: warm(ish), beaches, pretty flowers, quiet, slow, colourful and just generally a lovely place.
After walking through the mangroves on Iriomote Island we decided to go to Yubu Island which is separated from Iriomote by a shallow, sandy sraight. We rode a water buffalo cart across to the island which was really fun. The guy driving the cart even sang a song and played a shamisen.
Some people only stay on the island for five minutes and then take the cart back to Iriomote but we stayed for half an hour. If you have time then I really recommend staying on the island and exploring as much as you can. There was so much to see that I could have spent 1 hour there if we had had the time.
People used to live there but gradually everyone moved to bigger islands and it was deserted. One family moved back and wanted to turn it into paradise and attract tourists. Once you move away from the shop and restaurant then you can see lots of water buffaloes, a butterfly garden, wild boar, goats and various birds.
In my opinion that couple did a good job of turning it into paradise, what do you think?
|Our cart`s driver playing his shamisen|
|Do you see the guy walking along in the white boots? Our driver told us that he is the son of the couple who live on the island and he has nothing to do so he just walks back and forth all day!|
|Some kind of fruit, maybe?|
|managed to get so close to the butterfly's|
|I love the leaves of this plant, so colourful|
|A massive dream catcher|
|The old school, a memory of what the island used to be like|
|Song lyrics on the roof of the cart|