Lepaking at Ikei Beach

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A detailed map of Uruma City which shows the Kaichu Doro & some of the places of interest on Hamihiga, Miyaki & Henza Islands that are all connected by bridges.

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We took shelter from intermittent rainfall & strong winds at Kaichu-Doro’s Ayahashi-Kan which is a cultural museum on the 2nd level with a foodstuff & souvenir hall on the 1st floor. When the weather got a bit better we drove on & eventually got to Ikei Island & their popular beach front.

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Ikei Island, Miyagi Island & Henza Island are part of Yonashiro Town & the Kaichu-Doro which is a 4.7km inter-island highway that slices through the sea in a straight line connecting Katsuren Peninsula & Henza Island, linking all the 3 islands together.

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When we arrived at Ikei Beach, it was not surprising to find quite a fair number of people there in the afternoon. It seemed like the rain was no dampener of spirits at all.

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Overcast skies remained even after an earlier heavy downpour.Now that it has cleared the folks are out for some fun.

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Fancy hanging on to a float that is towed by a Jet-ski? There you go… it can get a little bumpy when there is a tiny swell.

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This little beach on Ikei Island is packed with different activities for the entire family and is nestled in a cove with a rocky outcrop that adds to the charm of the place.

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These boys created a game just by pushing away  friends who were trying to climb on to the tiny floating platform.

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Even the little ones are having a field day splashing each other & enjoying a refreshing dip in the sea.

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This remote beach area is a gem because the water temperature is perfect for swimming and the little rock stacks act like breakwaters making it a safe place to swim.

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Ikei Beach which faces the Pacific Ocean is  only about a km long. It is such a picturesque beach with soft fine sand and clear turquoise waters though we only see a hint here because of the overcast skies.

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One of the limestone stacks that is less than a km away from the beach.

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At low tide it is quite possible to walk across from the extreme left end of Ikei Beach but swimmers are discouraged from swimming across the lagoon or climbing the rocks.

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Friends  hanging out & enjoying a great day at the beach; sportingly posing for me with a “chii-zu “- cheese smile!

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Paddle boats, Banana boats, Jet skis, Glass bottom Boat Tours to see the coral reefs; there is plenty to do if you have a day to spend at Ikei Beach besides bumming around.

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There is rental for most of the equipment you need for the sea sporting activities including baby float-rings, wetsuits, life vests etc. Lockers & showers are available & there are ample parking lots at Ikei Beach. Admission fees is ¥400 for adults ¥300 for children & free entry for kids under 3.

[caption id="attachment_5423" align="aligncenter" width="5472"]IMG_0370 With Hawaiian music playing, gentle hula dancing & swinging lei garlands on the sandy beach, one is easily transported to paradise!

This charming beach has all it takes to make your day a great one. There is an indoor restaurant for your meals & an outdoor Teppanyaki tent when I visited to celebrate the Spring & it was packed with people imbibing the wonderful atmosphere as well as chilled beers with the grilled skewers in a festive mood. Joie de vivre, La Dolce Vita or Amai Jinsei as the Japanese would say!

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