The first thing we did was snorkel out to the reef, which was different than what I've seen in Okinawa so far. There were not a ton of fish, but there were A LOT of sea urchins as well as a huge, deep crevice that we followed the whole way. In fact, the previous day, our friend Jason had lost his mask and snorkel when they had trouble diving, and Matt actually found it (still intact!) at the bottom of the crevice! How often do you loose something in the ocean and find it the next day? Not often I'd like to bet!
Video clip of the Flats:
Video clip swimming over the crevice:
Maeda Flats is amazing! Not only is it gorgeous and has some great diving and snorkeling, it also has countless little caves to explore. A lot of them seem to be connected, not on the surface, but underwater. So, you can swim from one to the next through openings underneath... pretty neat! In addition to this, small "pools" are created at low tide that you can hop into and swim in just like you were in a swimming pool. They go at least 15 feet deep, so we were doing cannon balls into them, and Matt even climbed up the rocks and jumped in!
Video clip of inside one of the caves:
Video clip of Matt and Jason swimming through the caves underwater:
Video clip of Jason and I jumping into the "pool":
Video clip of Matt jumping off rocks into the "pool":
Me holding one
Maeda flats is somewhere we definitely can't wait to bring our friends or family that visit us here - you've got the beach, swimming, snorkeling, diving, and spelunking! Now, who's going to be the first to visit??