Hello everyone ! It's Marcel from Austria !
On our day off Vanessa and I used the opportunity to do a trip to Iki Island. To get the most out of our day, the last ferry from the island back to Fukuoka was around 5 pm, we took the first catamaran in the morning from Hakata Port to Gonoura. We decided to go around by bike, which is definitely the best way to explore the beautiful landscape of the island.
Our first stop was the highest point of Iki island which is only 212 m above the sea level and just next to Gonoura. On top we had a stunning view over the whole island where it is also possible to see till Fukuoka at clear weather.
At the tip of Kurosaki Peninsula there is a 45m high cliff known as Monkey Rock, for obvious reasons. This is definitely worth to see for the sole purpose of how fascinating nature can be.
By drawing nearer and taking a closer look, we realized that the monkey resembling face can only be seen from a specific angle. Otherwise it’s just another normal big stone.
Footprint of Ogre
Next on our little tour we planned was a stop at the devil´s footprint located in the Makizaki Park in the south west of the island. The sea has gradually eroded a footprint-shaped hole in the rock. But there is the story told that a huge demon planted one of his feet there while he was trying to catch a whale. No matter what you believe in it is still worth to go there as well to walk around at the coast and watch the waves beating against the rocks.
After cycling around the island for about 40 km we decided to have a longer break at Twins Beach, which is just one of the numerous beaches Iki Island has, and enjoy the warm weather. Even though the sea wasn't so warm, I still went for a little swim to cool down.
As time flies really fast whilst relaxing at the beach, we headed back to Gonoura a little bit earlier to buy some souvenirs for our friends. Accompanied with a warm and nice weather we really had a great day on Iki Island and enjoyed ourselves.
We recommend all of you to visit this beautiful Island and explore it by bike. Don´t worry for the hilly landscape of the Island because all the bikes are power assisted which makes your ride almost effortlessly. Unlike we did, we would suggest you to spend at least two or three days on Iki to see the whole island, so that you don´t have to be in a rush.