The long staircase we had to climb in our heavy scuba gear!
They also had a chart there talking about different types of sharks (not necessarily around Okinawa) and their translation about the Great White was a little off (okay, it was hilarious!):
"A scharactarized in the movie, Jose, this shark is very ferocious, which suits its name of sea gang".
Hmmm... I think what they mean to say is:
"As characterized in the movie, Jaws... " (just a thought)
One of the best things we discovered about Maeda Point is a decently large cave! We were under the water when we found it, so it looked dark and scary to go into (for me at least). Matt and our friend, Jason, went in to check it out while I waited for them at the entrance. While waiting, I realized that there were a ton of snorkelers coming out of this cave, swimming above me. Where were they all coming from?? I swam to the surface, met up with Matt, and decided to go in myself and check it out. It was a little dark under the water, but on the surface, light was filtering in from cracks in the high ceiling all around us. The water was dark, but actually not frightening at all, and the best part was how calm it was in there - it was like a relaxing little break from the waves on the surface outside the cave. In the back of the cave was another opening that led up to the land, so the snorkelers that I had seen swimming out of the cave were actually entering the water through this way.
Check out this video clip under the water in the cave. Sorry that most of the end is dark - I thought the part where you can see up through the entrance of the cave and see the snorkelers above us is pretty cool. And FYI - it was not pitch black as it appears to be in the video:
A video clip I took of Matt feeding the fish:
After we were done diving for the day, we explored the area right next to Maeda Point, which is called Maeda Flats. It's basically a beautiful little area that has tiny secluded beaches that you find by walking through sugarcane fields. The sun was starting to set while we were out there, so we got some pretty shots here as well. Now I know why Maeda Point is one of the most talked-about spots on the island!
Climbing some rocks
And now, it is time for a new section of the blog I like to call...
Updates in the life of Matt and Cortnie:
A lot of family and friends have been asking us what ended up happening with the Japanese Coast Guard regarding our Jet-ski incident. Well, I'm happy to inform everyone that after countless hours of being questioned over the course of 3 different days (they wanted to know everything from what hospitals we were born at, to how long we dated before getting married!), 4 1/2 hours of waiting in a tiny room for a verdict while both extremely bored and hungry, and after a 170,000 yen fine ($2,000.00 exactly at the current rate of 85 yen to the US dollar!!), Matt and I are finally done with everything! Not our finest experience to be had in Japan, but a learning experience nonetheless. We are currently the proud owners of 2 Japanese Jet-ski licenses!