Maeda Point, Okinawa, Japan
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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.
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.
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!