Second Day of Open Water Course, Together with Family☆☆

Today was another warm sunny day on the boat in Ishigaki island. Our open water student did her first practice dives in the ocean today(≧▽≦) The certified divers also had a good day exploring the reef☆

Today’s dive spots were in Osaki and Nagura area☆☆
After our Open Water student finished her skills, we went to have a look at all the different fishes♪♪

Soon, we found a big Octopus(/・ω・) It changed colors and it was really exciting to see♪♪

The Ribbon eel had moved a bit from its usual place, but I found it just a stone’s throw away.

We circled around many beautiful corals♪ Our Open Water student already has good buoyancy(^O^)
Having this good skills from the start will certainly make her a super good diver as she gains more practice…(;^ω^)

The Giant Cuttlefishes had another busy day mating(;・∀・)
They had all gathered in a shallow area, around 5m deep and there was so many of them! This shallow, you could see them on Discover Scuba Dives or even snorkeling☆

We also went and had a look at the different shrimps. They might not be the most impressive thing on a dive, but they sure are fun and strange to look at (;^ω^)
Bubble Coral Shrimp♪

Squat Shrimp♪♪

Anemone Partner Shrimp♪♪♪ It’s hard to see with the naked eye, but they have a sharp body shape that I think look cool (≧▽≦)

Tomorrow, I hope we can go out to manta point… I hope the mantas will be there…

Open Water Course☆ and Fun Diving☆

Even though we have a slight north wind, it was 27°C degrees in Ishigaki island today☆ Summer is coming!
Today, we started an open water course(≧▽≦) and did the confined water session at the beach♪ Our fun diving group went out with the boat to Osaki area.

Before departure, we got to borrow some space on the boat to practice setting up the gear and do skill briefing(;^ω^)

Our open water student had both snorkeled and dived before, so she was comfortable underwater from the start(≧▽≦) She did all her skills very well and we could finish the practice quickly(/・ω・)/

Our Fun Diving them saw lots of different fishes and critters in Osaki area. Right now, we are in the middle of Giant Cuttlefish mating season and we could see many of them today again(^O^)

It is easy to forget to look down when seeing the Giant Cuttlefishes hovering overhead but, for those that do, there are many different kinds of nudibranch and flatworms to be discovered(;^ω^)

Tomorrow our open water student will join us on the boat tomorrow☆ Let’s enjoy the ocean(≧▽≦)

Discover Scuba Dives, first time diver in Ishigaki☆

Today we did Discover Scuba Diving in Kabira area♪♪

First, we went through all the basics of diving on the boat and got familiar with the equipment(^O^)

Underwater, our diver surprised me by how smoothly he swam♪ I almost didn’t believe it was his first time(;^ω^) So I took him over the coral garden area like we usually do with our certified divers(≧▽≦)

We took many pictures with the Clown Anemone fishes, there’s so much to see in Yonehara♪

Usually, it’s hard to show small things like Squat shrimps to beginner divers but today I only had one diver to take care of and he swam very well☆☆ So I could show him my one of my favorite shrimps☆☆☆
I think he liked it too(/・ω・)/

Sea Goldies swam in small happy schools above one of the rocks♪♪ They will get more and more from now on and the reef will get more and more beautiful(^O^)

Unfortunately, we didn’t see any Mantas at Manta point today, but we had a lot of fun and saw many other things so all in all it was a good day(*^▽^*)
The north wind is coming again(/ω\) We are still not out of winter season it seems…

From Osaki to Kabira☆

The wind has calmed down a lot in Ishigaki now(≧▽≦) Today we went Fun Diving with divers all the way from Argentina♪♪ First we went diving in Osaki area(/・ω・)/
An Orange Spotted Prawn Goby was sitting on the sandy bottom looking comfy♪

…and the Giant cuttlefishes were totally absorbed in their love games(;^ω^)
Egg laying season has just started and we can see them often☆ In the picture below, a male is approaching the female from behind (;・∀・)

For second dive we went to Manta point. Because of the north wind, we haven’t been able to go there very often recently and the mantas are not there as often. But, of course, we always keep hopes high before jumping in! Unfortunately, no mantas showed up today(T_T) Life’s not always sweet.
At least we got to see this cute Green sea turtle(^O^)

I hope the Manta Rays will come back soon.

Thanks for Two Great Days☆ Diving in Nagura and Osaki Area☆

We had divers from Hong Kong joining us yesterday and today for Fun Diving♪ Yesterday, we still had quite strong north wind so we could only go to Nagura area(;・∀・) But today the wind had finally calmed down♪♪ So we went to Osaki area to search for the Giant Cuttlefishes!

Luckily, it’s high season for seeing Giant Cuttlefish right now and we saw lots of them today\(^o^)/ They came in all sizes –from the very big to the small and cute– they had all gathered together☆☆

Below is an impressive big male showing off for the camera (;・∀・)

There are so many corals in Nagura area! This picture just shows a small part of the healthy reef with all the tropical fishes living in it (≧▽≦)

We can find Batfishes at many different spots in both Nagura bay and Osaki area♪ Recently, we haven’t seen them in big schools very often, but I’m sure they will all come together again eventually (;^ω^)

A Crocodile Fish was slumbering in a crack between the corals. It’s a quite big and eye-catching looking fish so it’s popular among many of our divers(/・ω・)/
Below is another predator♪ A Scorpion fish sitting on top of the sandy bottom, it has very good camouflage colors but sitting on the sand it’s easy to spot (;^ω^)

Close to it sat a Stonefish♪ This fellow got his camouflage just right buried into the sand☆

We also saw many different kinds of Nudibranch☆ Sitting on a slope was this Miamira sinuata♪

On the sandy bottom, a Glossodoris cincta♪

And this Chelidonura amoena that had entangled itself in something, maybe a Parrotfish’s sleeping nest?

From tomorrow, the wind will turn to east(≧▽≦) Soon we can go out from Kabira bay again☆