By Area

There is something about sandy shorelines and shallow waters that conjure images of long-lost treasures, or about trekking through an open field that takes you back to a time of kings and knights and battles.


There are so many great places to look for treasure. Here is a rundown of some of the best, and the pros and cons of each.


At the Beach

The beach is easily one of the most popular hunting spots for long-time metal detecting enthusiasts and curious newbies alike.



  • Often a good chance to find something interesting
  • A great place to take your kids treasure hunting
  • Lots of great devices designed for shoreline treasure hunting



  • Salt can interfere with readings if your detector isn’t set up properly
  • Non-waterproof devices could get damaged
  • Many beaches have been thoroughly searched lots of times before
  • Trash is common on a lot of beaches


Fields and Farmland

A skilled and enthusiastic detectorist lets no terrain frighten them off, not even a seemingly endless open field. It’s a good thing too, as many of the most exciting metal detector discoveries have been in a field.



  • Some incredible artifacts have been found in fields
  • Many places have not yet been searched
  • Farmers work the soil throughout harvest time, which loosens it and makes it easier for frequencies to pick things up
  • Not as much trash on farmland to distract your device



  • You must get permission before searching or digging
  • Takes a lot of patience and some expertise
  • It can be a messy experience
  • Requires good quality equipment


Under Water Scuba Search

The world’s oceans are host to some of Earth’s greatest mysteries and treasures with many of the most important finds of the last century coming from the watery depths.



  • An incredible experience combining nature, history, and adventure
  • If you look in the right place, the chances of finding something are high
  • A great group expedition



  • Takes some training to get a diving license and the confidence to execute the search
  • Reliant on weather, tides, and current
  • Special equipment is needed to withstand the pressure and depth


Ghost Towns

For something entirely different, head to an abandoned area.



  • Lots of valuables are often left behind
  • Interesting insight for those who like history and mystery
  • Usually easy to get permission



  • Often heavily littered with trash
  • Permission is required


Ski Resorts

If you can fit your metal detector in beside your skis, you could be in for a treat.



  • Lots of things get dropped on the slopes
  • Can be useful for helping find lost property
  • A good excuse to go skiing



  • Not cheap or easy to get there
  • Harsh weather conditions can hinder searches


Creeks and Rivers

Just like the ocean, there are often interesting trinkets hidden in the water of your local lake, creek, or river.



  • Many things get dropped or lost in bodies of water
  • Don’t need permission in most cases
  • Handy if you lose something of your own



  • Likely to find trash
  • Moving currents can make it hard to catch something that your machine locates
  • Need a waterproof device


Continue to learn

On this page, you will find more articles about the diverse areas to use your Metal Detector, and every area has special conditions, so you are more than welcome to continue reading and learning this subject. Check one or more of the articles down here.

Enjoy :)