The Many Moods of Zanpa

Zanpa-misaki, or Cape Zanpa, is an ultra popular tourist destination on Okinawa. This peninsula on the western shore of Yomitan juts out into the East China Sea and is one of the most recognized landscapes throughout the island. Zanpa is easily defined by it's shear cliffs, razor sharp coral rocks, panoramic views of the Motobu peninsula and the iconic Zanpa Lighthouse.

 The iconic Zanpa Lighthouse on a gorgeous Okinawan morning.

The iconic Zanpa Lighthouse on a gorgeous Okinawan morning.

Zanpa, like most of Okinawa, is bursting with personality - every visit brings a new mood or look to the location, almost at random. Your first visit may be sun-drenched and calm, your next might bring whipping winds and killer waves. The below images show you the extreme mood-swings Zanpa has been capable of during the last three years.

While Zanpa is beautiful and can be a pretty tame place, I always recommend checking the weather and sea conditions before venturing out that direction. In recent years fishermen have been swept off of the cliffs by rough waters, the winds are unnaturally strong during storms and the spray of the ocean is more than enough to ruin even a weather sealed camera! If you're the adventurous sort you're sure to come back with breathtaking images - just be sure to take a buddy, your rain gear, and remember your common sense. Be safe out there!