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Something new at Maeda Misaki

By: John Chandler

Date Posted: 2001-10-01

Walking down the 72 steps and into the sapphire blue waters beneath Maeda Misaki is a sincere pleasure that helps cleanse the soul after a week of Typhoon weather and the misery we have all shared these past two weeks. Maeda Point remains the central meeting point for reef lovers Island wide. What this means is that on almost every weekend you can venture out and find 150-300 avid divers, students, instructors, snorkelers, friends of divers and instructors moving down these 72 steps and then returning back from the comforting waters to the crowded parking lot.

If you are one of the 40,000 certified divers on Okinawa you may be asking yourself “so what’s new?” Many of you completed your certifications here and remembering these 72 steps may not be your fondest memory of SCUBA diving, but we all agree that the underwater scenery is worth it. However, there is something new at Maeda Point. At the end of these stairs and just in front of the pavilion where most of us have logged many memories into our dive logs there sets something new. Scuba Snacks has arrived at Maeda Point.

Scuba Snacks is a little grass shack with a mission. That mission is making your surface interval and post dive experience at Maeda Point just a little nicer. Scuba Snacks is a new little eatery that caters to a diver’s post dive hunger. The proprietor and inventor of Scuba Snacks is a Canadian gentleman named John who came to Okinawa via Tokyo. He is an entrepreneurial visionary and an avid diver that enjoys the warm waters of Okinawa. Coming south from Tokyo some five months ago John likes Maeda Point so much he now sets up his Scuba Snacks every day of the week in order to satisfy hungry and thirsty divers resting in the parking lot between and after dives.

This is really a great addition to the color of Maeda Point and while Scuba Snacks does occupy one of those precious parking places it seems that divers have really welcomed his hot dogs, hamburgers, cold drinks and chips. Each dog or burger is quickly grilled on his BBQ grill just for you and served picnic fresh. I was impressed and while I have enjoyed sushi and sashimi between dives for years I must admit a hot dog smothered in fresh onions and mustard was a great way to end a day of diving with a buddy. While you may disagree with the onions the hot dog was great!

After getting a fresh cooked hot dog and hamburger it was nice to just stroll over to the edge of the cliffs overlooking the emerald green reflections of the reef that rings Maeda Point. This made a really good dive spot even better. Hot dogs and diving go together like NITROX and bottom time! Try out Scuba Snacks and make John welcome to Okinawa. He is doing something that makes diving just a little nicer for us all. Plus if you do not like hot dogs you can use them to feed the clouds of batfish that fly in and among the coral mounds only 72 steps away!

See you at the Scuba Snacks. I am the bald guy with a hot dog smothered in onions, mustard and relish.

FISH PIC this week. Hello Sergeant Major! May I introduce everyone’s friend, “The Sergeant Major fish” aptly named because of the rows of stripes that adorn the side of this fish’s body. A member of Damselfish family the Indo Pacific Sergeant (Abudefduf vaigiensis) crowds divers at Maeda Point. When you want to really impress a new diver just take bits of a hot dog with you and these fish will form a cloud around you. They are like puppies jumping around looking for attention and make the reef a welcome place for all the divers and snorkelers at Maeda Point.

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