The Busena Terrace is located in Okinawa’s Nago City. At the edge of Nago is Cape Busena, this hotel takes up the whole peninsula and is one of the few resorts where you can stay long term. With the many restaurants, rooms, walkways, and photo spots, long term guests wont get sick of this place. To get here from Naha airport you can take the limousine bus for 2 hours or you can take a rental car for a 1 hour drive.
Meticulous service only possible because it's a locally developed resort, and Okinawan power!
The reason we suggest this resort is because The Terrace Hotels Company is locally run by Okinawan who know Okinawa fully and because they are local they can provide a meticulously well planned resort life. Because of the way it is planned with its explorability, scenic ocean views and marine sports activities, deeply ingrained maritime culture of Okinawa lends to a very comfortable resort lifestyle. These things all come together to give guests solace in my opinion. You just will not get tired of the ocean view centered on the pool.
Every room has an ocean view because its situated on a peninsula
One thing determines a resort experience; whether your room faces the ocean. Basically a room with an ocean view. At this hotel there is the ocean view side and garden view side in equal number of rooms, and it goes without saying, from the ocean side you can see the blue oceans and white beaches.
But because this hotel is in the middle of the peninsula even the garden view side has an ocean view. From the Lanai you have a view reminiscent of a southeast Asian resort, with palm tree lined shore. We recommend the garden view for its value.
Peak into the sea 10m down with your cloths dry at the underwater observatory on the resort
The underwater observation tower here on the resort, has a long history. It was built by the Okinawa Tourist Activity Group before Okinawa was returned to Japan. The hotel itself was built in 1997, so before this area was a resort Okinawans have been coming here.
That’s enough of its background I think. This observation tower is 10m underwater at its deepest and is surrounded by coral reefs. Once down the stairs, you will see what you would if you put on an aqualung, through the round windows. Above the window you can see a guide of what kinds of fish are out there. One thing any visitor must see is the clown fish living amongst the anemone. If you put your camera up to the window and set your shutter speed to about 1/250 you can take a great photo. This way you can “take home” your own Nemo just as cute as the movie version!
Entrance: adults 1030 JPY, students 820 JPY and children 520 JPY
Enjoy dinner at the café terrace La Tida's dinner buffet
Outside of Busena resort there aren’t many restaurants. Whereas, there are so many in the resort, that you won’t get tired of any of the choices. This time we visit Latida café terrace, with its large selection of food in buffet style. Here all three meals of the day are buffet style, but dinner is where it’s really at. This is because the Okinawa beef roast beef is all you can eat! The vegetables are also almost all locally sourced. When staying here this is our first pick. There are also convenient stores on the premises as well so if you just want something simple you can.
Watch the dolphin show at the Ocean Expo Park
Head north from the hotel on an hour drive. On the Motobu Peninsula, there stands the Ocean Expo Park built in 1976, on the remains of the Okinawa Ocean Expo held in 1975. It is a national park. Parking and entrance are free if you can believe.
Out of the few places like this such as the Churaumi Aquarium which charge you for entrance this one is free and you can see a dolphin show called Oki-chan Theater. This is part of the free entrance section of the park and has the usual dolphin jump show.3 times a day. Why don’t you take a picture of the dolphins jumping with the sea as a back ground? If you hold your camera steady and set it to 1/500 or faster shutter speed you can freeze the water splashing and the dolphins mid air.
I suggest a longer than usual stay. Work, eat, buy. Take Okinawa's resort for granted
Because many non-Japanese stay here often, The Terrace Busena hotel and the resort it’s on feels almost like it’s not part of Japan. Although cost wise it’s on the upper end of the scale so is the satisfaction to be had here. By the way this hotel was the place where the Okinawa Summit was held in 2000. I hope this article helps in your Okinawa travels.
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