Yonehara and Manta Point!

A strong south wind is blowing over Ishigaki island☆
With these sea conditions, it’s better to dive in Kabira area so we joined another dive boat already anchored in Kabira(≧▽≦)
Below, Yonehara coral garden♪♪

A big cuttlefish also made an appearance(≧▽≦)

This Nudibranch looks like a smiling panda(≧▽≦)

There are many different critters living in the anemones except anemonefishes. Like this anemonecrab♪

For second dive we went to Manta city♪ Lots of turtles were there to greet us \(^o^)/

However, no manta rays showed up today(/ω\)

Today it really felt like summer in Ishigaki, however, next week it’s supposed to get colder and a bit windy again(;´・ω・)

Discover Scuba Dives on Ishigaki’s Coral Reefs☆ A Giant Nudibranch♪

The south wind is blowing strong over Ishigaki island(;´・ω・) We joined another dive boat for today’s discover scuba dives. The coral reefs of Nagura bay were both enchantingly beautiful and calm(≧▽≦)

N-san♪ She had some dive experience for before and got her buoyancy quickly \(^o^)/ we even floated smoothly over the coral reefs☆

A Spanish dancer(≧▽≦) This nudibranch species is very big, but I think this individual is the biggest I’ve seen!

We also met Seasnakes♪♪ There were almost too many of them(;^ω^)

A Lionfish was was chilling by a rock☆

We also saw many different Anemone fishes, below is a Tomato anemone fish.

This wind is really strong now(;´・ω・) I wish we could have calm seas everyday(;・∀・)

Relaxed Dives in Nagura Bay♪♪

A warm nice day in Ishigaki island☆
The north wind was very strong this morning so we had to move the boat over to Sakieda in a rush(;´・ω・)
But after that the divings in Nagura were very relaxing♪

The Giant cuttlefishes were laying eggs☆

This Anemone shrimp was all alone in his little coral(;・∀・) Maybe the others were hiding under…

A tiny Arrow shrimp(*’ω’*)

This big Lionfish was chilling by a rock(`・ω・´)

These Clown anemonefishes looked a bit sueezed by the Anemone(;^ω^)

Expecting strong winds tomorrow! Looking forward to discover scuba dives♪

Back in Kabira, Ishigaki Landscape Dives

It’s warm as a summer’s day in Ishigaki island(≧▽≦)
Today, we departed from Kabira for two dives♪♪ First, we went landscape diving♪ There were no Glass fishes there yet but the tunnels were a lot of fun(^O^)

At this dive site we often see many Nudibranch(`・ω・´) This one is a real cupcake☆

Then this blue beauty♪

And a Frost nudibranch.

I wonder what this one was waiting for… it seemed frozen in this shape(;^ω^)

We also went to Manta point! We had a amazing dive here yesterday with lots of Manta rays, today there was nobody(/ω\)

Well, nothing to do about it. Tomorrow the wind will turn to north again. Looking forward to more dives☆

From Sakieda to Kabira♪ So Many Manta Rays♪♪

A strong south wind is blowing over Ishigaki island(≧▽≦) It will continue for a couple of days so we moved the boat to Kabira bay♪♪ First dive today was in Osaki and the second one at Manta point. We were greeted by many Manta rays circling round the cleaning stations\(^o^)/

In total, we saw four of them circling around the most shallow cleaning station. It was a very lucky day!☆

I took a video too but the quality isn’t the best(;´・ω・)↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓

Of course the big manta rays were very exciting, but we also found a lot of other small critters☆ Like this bubbly looking Nudibranch♪

And this tiny red Nudibranch(*’ω’*)

A Durban dancing shrimp♪♪

And a big Lobster(^O^)

Five Lionfishes had gathered under a rock☆ I hope to see more of them here in the future(^ω^)

Tomorrow, we’ll be back diving in Kabira area again for the first time after a long spell of north winter winds♪