The boat trip took around 15-20 minutes and the breeze was amazing. There are several different groups that offer the same service but comes with more frequency. The one I took was with a red ticket and I found that this had the least boats but appeared to have the most customers. Maybe because of it's price? If you don't want to wait for the boat, especially on the way back, get the blue tickets!
|On our way to Sharp Island|
|Right off the wharf of Sharp Island - Hap Mun Bay|
Once you get to the main area of Hap Mun Beach where the kiosks are, there is a path that takes you to the bbq area and all it takes is less than 5 minutes and voila, you're at the other side of the island where it is deserted! One take a look at the picture below and you'll see why! The shore is rocky and not friendly to bare feet. However, this was the famous part of the island and it was evident with a few scuba boats moored right there.
|This was where we snorkeled!|
It was quite a challenge to get into the water because of all the rock. We had to be quite cautious and took our time getting into the water. It didn't help that large waves attacked us periodically.
The water was perfect, not warm and not cold. No wetsuits needed at all. We snorkeled straight out.... we weren't overly impressed with the aquatic life here and found Hoi Ha Wan much more exciting. However, we did manage to see coral, a seahorse, squid, and also a clown fish. Picture of the sea horse below..
|A rare sight!|
|Bounce Bounce Bounce..|
|One of many coral species|
|Dashing school of squid (pardon the pun).. can you see them?|
|Bye bye Sharpie!|
We were only in the water for about an hour and decided to leave as it was getting late and we knew that we had to fight the crowds to get back on the boat. However, it was great to be back into the water after so long and to enjoy our natural underwater surroundings. I'm thinking about heading back to Okinawa this year so hopefully I will be blogging more about my underwater adventures!