AsiaJapanMaeda

Maeda Point, Okinawa, Japan

Maeda Travel Blog

 › entry 16 of 29 › view all entries
Sunset view of rock formation on Maeda (前田) Point literally "in front of the ricefield" toward Cape Zanpa Lighthouse.

When we lived on Nakadomari Beach in Onna-san, Okinawa, Japan from 2003-2005, we had a clear view of Maeda Point from our balcony of our beachfront home.  Maeda Point is known for good surfing, snorkelling and scuba diving conditions, along with plentiful aquatic life.  There are numerous underwater caves to explore and colorful tropical fish to photograph.  The sunsets are also truly amazing.

When we lived in Okinawa, it was free to park at Maeda Point (if the parking lot was not already full) and a few dive tank refil/snack shops around the parking lot.  There was even a lookout platform and pathway nature trails.  There were even stairs cut in the rocks down to the water's edge to access the best snorkelling and diving location on the Island of Okinawa.

Sunset view of rock formation on Maeda (前田) Point literally "in front of the ricefield" toward Cape Zanpa Lighthouse.
  A Navy medical freind of ours even proposed to his  fiancé on the grassy knoll overlooking the huge Maeda Point rock formation, which was also a popular picnic scene.

Unfortunately, the entire area of Maeda Point has been rebuilt but now there is an entrance fee to get to the parking lot.  It is not much (maybe 500 Yen/$5 USD) but they close the area at 1830L.  The sunset was at 1845L so we did not want to pay 500 Yen and get stuck in the parking lot just to photograph the sunset.  Luckily, on the Southwest side of the parking lot was a small farming road.  We drove about 100 meters down the road and parked by a path closed off with a chain that had a "No Parking" sign in English.  From there, we ventured down to the waters edge via a washout path and discovered a whole new adventure:  a tidepool area with a huge sea arch rock formation and several smaller rock formations with errosion evidence.

Sunset view of rock formation on Maeda (前田) Point literally "in front of the ricefield" toward Cape Zanpa Lighthouse.
  There was also evidence that some of the turtle tombs nearby must be built with the coral from the tidepool area since there were exact squares about 10 cm deep and 1 meter by 1 meter across removed in certain places.

The views from this location of the Cape Zanpa Lighthouse and adjacent cliffs were amazing.  I don't think we discovered this wonderful spot to have a glass of wine at sunset until this most recent visit in 2008.  Hope you enjoy our pictures--best sunsets we saw the entire time we were in Okinawa!

ms_travelr says:
This is where I learned to SCUBA dive back in 1990 :D
thanks for the memories.
Posted on: Apr 19, 2008
pearcetoyou says:
These make for some interesting photos!
Posted on: Apr 15, 2008
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Sunset view of rock formation on M…
Sunset view of rock formation on …
Jennys sunset view of rock format…
Jenny's sunset view of rock forma…
Jennys sunset view of rock format…
Jenny's sunset view of rock forma…
Jennys sunset view of rock format…
Jenny's sunset view of rock forma…
Jennys sunset view of rock format…
Jenny's sunset view of rock forma…
Jennys sunset view of rock format…
Jenny's sunset view of rock forma…
Jennys sunset view of rock format…
Jenny's sunset view of rock forma…
Jennys picture of a tidepool on M…
Jenny's picture of a tidepool on …
Jennys sunset view of rock format…
Jenny's sunset view of rock forma…
Jennys sunset view of rock format…
Jenny's sunset view of rock forma…
Jennys sunset view of rock format…
Jenny's sunset view of rock forma…
Jennys sunset view of rock format…
Jenny's sunset view of rock forma…
Jennys sunset view of rock format…
Jenny's sunset view of rock forma…
Maeda Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
"Auberge" Bonne Chère RAOUT Italian Restaurant and Accommodation
"Auberge" Bonne Chère RAOUT ~オーベルジュ ボヌシェール ラウー ~ Italian Restaurant and Accommodation was one of our top places to … read entire review
Maeda
photo by: jennjeff1