I have read numerous write-ups being suggestive of the things one has to do and see before one dies. However, backed with my audacious and at times complicated personality, I always stumble upon something new to experience every day so coming up with a bucket list is quite a challenge for me. Yet, there is one thing I have always dreamed of doing that may have been on a shelf for a while but was never forgotten – an old dream of watching humpback whales out in the wild

Nearly a year ago, I went on a road trip to the south of Cebu with friends to swim with the whale sharks. I could not contain my pride while I dog-paddled just a few meter away from the gentle giant. This time, on a lookout for humpback whales with my wonderful hubby Jon hooked along, the memory is just too precious not to share. We started our big adventure at Naha City Port and toured the surrounding waters of the East China Sea and watched and dazed as these colossal creatures lob-tailed around Kerama Islands.

There are very few places in the world to see humpback whales since they take long seasonal migrations and Okinawa is one of those lucky few. They only come to Okinawa’s tropical waters to breed and raise their calves around the months of January and April.

Humpback Whale Watching in Okinawa, Japan is a popular activity as they swim in the area for breeding around the months of January and April.
Humpback Whale Watching in Okinawa, Japan is a popular activity as they swim in the area for breeding around the months of January and April.
Spotted a humpback whale in Okinawa, Japan.
Spotted a humpback whale in Okinawa, Japan.
One of the humpback whales spotted in Okinawa, Japan.
One of the humpback whales spotted in Okinawa, Japan.
Giant humpback whales surfacing around Okinawa between January and April.
Giant humpback whales surfacing around Okinawa between January and April.
Humpback whale spotted breathing out of the water in Okinawa, Japan.
Humpback whale spotted breathing out of the water in Okinawa, Japan.
Some humpback whales sticking their flippers out of the water in Okinawa, Japan.
Some humpback whales sticking their flippers out of the water in Okinawa, Japan.
One of the lighthouses in Naha City, Okinawa, Japan.
One of the lighthouses in Naha City, Okinawa, Japan.
A view of Naha City, Okinawa from our boat during the whale watching tour.
A view of Naha City, Okinawa from our boat during the whale watching tour.
Aboard the Blue Line for our whale watching tour in Okinawa, Japan.
Aboard the Blue Line for our whale watching tour in Okinawa, Japan.

Hubby and I had just checked one thing off our bucket list, no matter how long or ever-changing that list might be. Next time you are making your own things-to-do-and-see, do yourself a huge favor : pack your bag, enjoy the waters and see some whales. You will never know how fulfilling that experience could be.

Hubby and I on our whale watching tour in Okinawa, Japan.
Hubby and I on our whale watching tour in Okinawa, Japan.

 

 

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