Gyokusendo Cave – おきなわワールド, is a long underground cave that can be found underneath the theme park Okinawa World.
Warning: plenty of photos ahead.
Don’t be fooled my my pictures: the cave is very dark, as well as extremely wet. It takes quite a bit of time to walk from the entrance to the exit, and the cave is full of interesting natural stone formations.
An umbrella would ve overkill, but carrying a light rainjacket or at least a hat is highly reccomended. Also, watch out for slippery surfaces and random rock formations at head-height.
I took all my pictures handheld at ISO 6400, f4 and shutter speed based on the available light. If you plan to go there with your camera, I think that the ideal lens would be a fast ultra wide angle like a 14-24 f2.8 for Nikon, 16-35 f2.8 for Canon of thenewer Tamron 15-30 f2.8. An ultra wide lens is almost mandatory becaure the walking path is right next to the rock formations, there are very few situations where a longer zoom could be useful.
Okinawa World has some interesting things to watch. We definitely enjoyed the tribal dance show, as well as the old building that show the traditional homes of Okinawans. Since it’s necessary to buy a ticket for each area, I’d say the traditional village and the caves are the two most interesting things to see.
Apparently, in the waters of the cave there are some species of crabs, fish and…weird things. I couldn’t see any, but I guess they tend to live far from the artifical lights.
Pictures of the part of Okinawa World that lies above the ground will be available in a separate post.