Maeda Flats Dive Review
Flat, no stairs
or rough coral entry like you have at Maeda Point (next
not recommended for your very
first dive; mid-range skills
Tide-dependent, though much more shallow for a good
life you might see
stingray, large variety of fish. Recommended
Excellent snorkeling here.
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Fantastic, secluded, slightly out of the way beach (don't expect to find much in
the way of amenities) - and separated from the larger crowds at well-known Maeda
Point. Maeda Flats sits in a protected cove around the corner from
Point. Sand is soft here, though I'd bring watershoes for reef walking.
At low tide, a huge reef is revealing that you can can walk along and view all
sorts of animals caught in tide pools that you'd usually only see in an aquarium
or while scuba diving.
For scuba divers and snorkelers - a swim over the reefs
yields awesome visibility (sometimes exceeding 100 feet) and an excellent view
of all sorts of marinelife. Comparatively, the deep sandy floor next door
has decreased visibility, but you may catch a glimpse of local stingray known to
relax here. At high tide, you can snorkel or scuba dive (quite shallow)
over the reef. At low tide, the reef is uncovered and great on foot.
Take Hwy 58 northbound.
When you reach the
take a hard left onto
Hwy 6. Within 3
miles, look for a white "Maeda Misaki" sign. Turn here, then turn left
just before the parking lot. To get to the dive site, wade in at the small