Although we did check out some beaches and snorkel a bit at Hoshizuna beach (Star Sand Beach) which actually has tiny sand in the shape of stars, the main goal for photos was to catch some of the waterfalls this island is famous for. With no less then 10 waterfalls spread out around the jungles Iriomote is made up of mostly jungle forest and mountains with nice fresh water rivers weaving through the island which make for good kayak rides.
I was happy to see that we didn't run into any other people at all on my hikes in the jungle and my tour guide Takechan was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable on all the plants and creatures along the hike. The half day hike with the guide cost 6000yen with hotel pick up and drop off included.
I was planing to go scuba diving on the last day there but at the time there was a typhoon slowly making its way toward Okinawa closely followed by a 2nd possibly bigger one.
As I write now we have just had the first typhoon pass over Okinawa with wind gusts of 70+ knots and now there is another one due to hit us tomorrow. Hoping to get a chance to get out and shoot some wild weather and waves as my pre wedding location shoots have been canceled for the next few days.
Anyway here are a few other shots from Iriomote. Enjoy!