Okinawa is really pretty to live on, but it is even more gorgeous from the sky. I had heard about other people taking aerial tours of Okinawa a couple of years ago, and I have been wanting to do it for ourselves ever since. Quite fortunately for us, our friend Nick is a pilot, and we got the opportunity to fly with him a couple of weekends ago. It was an absolutely gorgeous day outside, and we met up early to do some paperwork and get the plane ready. And by plane, I really mean small, tiny Cessna - the kind many people are frightened to fly in!
The take-off and landing were so much fun. The flight had it's bumpy spots, but overall was surprisingly smooth for such a tiny plane. The best parts were obviously the amazing views - we have flown over Okinawa before, but only on commercial planes that fly much higher. It was so cool to be able to see the island from a "birds-eye" view, but also be low enough to recognize everything, including some of our favorite dive spots.
Check out this video clip of us taking off - you may have to fast forward a little bit to get to the actual taking off:)
|Cape Zanpa - aka Bolo Point|
|West side of Okinawa (East China Sea)|
|Look at that reef!|
|East Side of Okinawa (Pacific Ocean)|
|Tunnel on Miyagi Island|
|Coming in for the landing|
This was an amazing experience!! I am so grateful Matt and I got to do this while living here - it makes you appreciate Okinawa and how beautiful it is in a whole new way:)
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