Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is part of the Ocean Expo Park located in the northwestern area of Okinawa Island. "Churaumi" means "beautiful ocean" "picturesque ocean" in Okinawa dialect. Visitors can enjoy a dynamic view of whale sharks swimming in the huge aquarium. Stingrays and many other types of fish and marine mammals are in captivity here. If you get hungry, you can enjoy a buffet style dining featuring local Okinawa cuisine such as purple yam tempura, Rafute (stewed pork), and mozuku seaweed in sweet vinegar sauce at one of the restaurants. Okinawa specialty souvenirs such as Chinsuko (Okinawan cookies) and purple yam tarts are highly recommended.