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On day three we again woke up early and groggy, went to the supaa to get breakfast, then got ready for a canoeing/hiking/snorkling trip. Our hostel-type place had tours available for guests so we decided to take up their 1000 yen off offer, which was nice because we didn’t have to be up early to catch a bus or anything.

Our first activity of the day was canoeing up a small river to a point, then hiking to Pinsaula falls. We got our gear, had a quick how to paddle lesson, then along with the rest of the group and several other unrelated groups, began canoeing toward the river mouth. Unfortunately, it was low tide, so we ended up walking a ways!

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Tired in the morning

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Low tide indeed!

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Off in the distance you can see the falls

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Starting out

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Just to set the record straight, I got out and pulled first, and then we got stuck again, so I made Kenji do it

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Veeery shallow

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A stranded mangrove

Once we reached the actual river mouth, it got much deeper, and from there it was a pretty leisurely time to the point where we left our canoes. From that point, we hiked for awhile up a tiny path to the actual waterfall, and the deep pools around it. It was gorgeous!

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Mangroves on either side

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Getting closer and closer!

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Tree roots in the shape of a boat prow, thin but strong!

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Hiking through gorgeous lush greenery. At times it was really breathtaking, like the tranquil pool in the middle picture!

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Sunlight through green and flowers

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Steep path at times, but we took it slow and stopped many times for pictures and to see wildlife like lizards and snakes and bugs and stuff! Our guide also told us about many of the different plants and trees.

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Then, seemingly instantly, the waterfall was before us!

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Pools beneath, perfect for swimming!

It was nearing lunch, and our guide was hurrying us on a bit. We swam a little, but didn’t stay as long as I would have liked. It seemed like many had brought their lunch, but turned out we were having the traditional Yaeyama soba back at the starting place. So we hiked back, then canoed our way out. By that time, the tide was high, so no walking involved!

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Kenji’s favorite place!

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A mass of tree roots

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Hi bug!

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Canoe parking lot!

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Our guide was nice enough to take a bunch of pictures… this one is my favorite!

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River and jungle

After lunch, we rested for a little while, then headed out to our next engagement… snorkeling! We headed out to what we thought was a white-sand island called Barasu out in the bay, parked, then put on our snorkeling gear for an afternoon of swimming!

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First though, our “private” beach looking nice with the tide in!

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Our transportation

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The island in the distance. It looks a bit… odd though, huh?

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The weather that day… looking out to Barasu Island, clear blue skies. Back toward Iriomote, storm clouds. Either view was gorgeous!

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Arriving at the island, we figure out what was odd about it.

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It was literally a coral island!

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We wandered around while our guide brought the gear onto the island

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Then suited up for some snorkeling! We had an under water camera, so if I can get those on disk I’ll try to post them later.

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Clear water and colorful fish!

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Turning weather and a shell on the beach

After about an hour of snorkeling and another of exploring the coral, my camera ran out of space! 2 gigs in 3 days! Whooops, didn’t think about that. Luckily I was able to find a (somewhat expensive) SD card for sale in our supaa, so I got that. Later this day we grabbed dinner and walked around the area before (once again!) going to bed early.

There isn’t much to do after dark!

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