Fun dives with refresher course

The wind over Ishigaki island is very strong since yesterday(;´・ω・) Today’s guests had been out of the water for a while so they did a refresher course with us☆ First, we practiced a few skills to get comfortable in the water again ☆ After that, we swam around and explored the dive site☆

Lots of small fishes were swimming in and out of the corals♪

We met several green sea turtles today! Many of them had squeezed themselves in between the rocks to keep stable in the swell(;・∀・)

This turtle was busy eating and didn’t care about us at all(;^ω^)

A tiny Pipefish☆ This season we’ve seen them frequently in this sandy area☆

A peacock mantis shrimp♪ It was hiding under a rock at first but this individual was unusually curious and soon came out to say hello(^-^;

It looks like the wind will continue to blow strong tomorrow too, I hope we can get calm seas again soon(;^ω^)

Did some discover scuba dives this morning before the sea got too rough!

The wind has suddenly gotten stronger again in Ishigaki, however, the sea was calmer than expected this morning(≧▽≦)
Today’s guest had been diving with us two times before♪ He swam very well☆ We even floated over the corals\(^o^)/

In Osaki, we met the resident green sea turtles♪

This one was very relaxed and we could take a photo together!

In Nagura, we enjoyed the coral garden(^O^)

Look at the red eyes against the green! It’s an anemone partner shrimp ♪

A young tomato anemonefish☆ The look so cute when young but will often protect their anemone aggressively when they get older(;^ω^)

Tomorrow we’re doing a refresher course♪ The wind is blowing strong outside… I hope tomorrow will also be calmer than expected(;^ω^)

Relaxing discover scuba dives

The north wind keeps blowing strong over Ishigaki island(;´・ω・) however, it’s still quite warm☆ We went out to Osaki area for discover scuba dives today♪ We had two guests from Hong Kong that did their very first dives, they both swam so well!♪♪

Batfishes♪

Of course, we also met one of the resident sea turtles of Osaki(≧▽≦)

We also swam by some tiny anemonefishes♪

In the shallow area, we saw many beautiful corals☆

Today, the sun warmed us on the boat between the dives but it looks like it will be cloudier tomorrow(;・∀・)

Stormy above, calm below

Very strong north wind today in Ishigaki island(;・∀・) We went for discover scuba dives in Ishigaki’s Osaki and Nagura area☆

In Osaki, the visibility was less than usual but the Green sea turtles didn’t care and were sleeping on top of their usual rocks(`・ω・´) We also saw a Hawksbill sea turtleた☆ I didn’t manage to take a picture of it this time(;´・ω・)

A Banded seasnake with its head in the sand and tail up in the air… the water I meanww

We also swam by this deep blue flatworm!

The corals were also looking well!! They have been growing so much that I think they will reach all the way the surface when it’s low tide(≧▽≦)

Tomorrow, it will be a little bit less windy(;^ω^) I like it best underwater♪♪

Fun dives before the wind get too strong

Today’s windy and sometimes rainy in Ishigaki island(>_<) However, Osaki never disappoints♪ We went for fun dives and met the green sea turtles☆☆

The corals are looking well♪

We saw lots of small ocean critters as well☆ Like this Pipefish♪

And this one!

A stonefish had hidden expertly under the sand♪

This one was hiding on a rock nearby, must be a good spot for them(;^ω^)

A Mantis shrimp taking a threatening pose to ward us off! Splendid colors☆

Tiny Anemoneshrimps living on the green♪

The wind just keeps blowing strong, it’s gotten much colder too!