A day of horses and sea in Iejima!
This was my first time in Okinawa. After spending the first day wandering around Naha, I headed north to Iejima (Ie Island) a short and comfortable 30 minute ferry ride from Okinawa Island’s Motobu Port. Iejima’s charms include marine sports, some magnificent vistas and some interesting tours of WWII battlefields but the most exciting part of this visit was swimming with the horses!
Reaching the island I went straight for the Iejima Beachside Horse Park. After changing into clothes that are comfortable even when wet and securing my life-vest, I walked to the beach behind the horse ranch–the white sand was dazzling!
At first we took a slow horseback ride across the seaside but at some point it was time to enter the ocean.
We did it in pairs: one person riding on the horse and another grasping its tail–say what? The tail?! Yes, I was surprised too but believe it or not it was a great feeling! The combination of the deep blue sea and sky and the horses had a full healing effect on me and couldn’t believe how fast the 40 minutes fled; the next time I’m getting together with my girlfriends I’d love to do it there!
Iejima Beachside Horse Park
2525 Higashiemae, Ie-son, Kunigami County, Okinawa
9:00-17:00 No scheduled days off
0980-49-2337 (reservation required)
The “Swim with the Horses!” course is ¥14,800. Other courses available are the “1 Hour Horse Ride” (¥10,500), and the “20 Minute Beach Ride” (¥3,500). The courses can be enjoyed by riders of any level –even beginners.