Don't restrict yourself to Yonagunijima; Okinawa contains numerous natural and man-made attractions which await the savvy traveler. Iriomote and Hateruma are just two of the many other places you may wish to visit while you're in Okinawa.
History buffs will enjoy exploring the area's ruins, war relics and monuments and traditional villages. Head to Okinawa 's history museums, palaces and theaters. These are excellent spots to spend time, especially on unpleasant days.
If you feel like kicking back a little, why not try cycling or camping. If you love to get wet, plan to enjoy some watersports. Fishing is a common pastime and another great activity is tubing.
Take your tastebuds on a journey through the culinary traditions of Okinawa. Favorite meals include rafute (stewed pork belly) and soki (stewed pork ribs), but of course there are many other mouthwatering meal options to choose from.
There is nothing that opens hearts and minds in this culturally diverse world of ours like language, so learn a few practical Japanese words and phrases before you leave. Learning to use some basic phrases, such as "Isshoni odorimasenka?", which, in English means "Would you like to dance with me?", will be sure to make your vacation all the more interesting. "Where's the toilet?" is also useful, so learn to pronounce "Benjo wa doko desu ka?"
As your trip winds down, you'll be sure to bid the region a teary "Sayōnara"