Discover Scuba Dives among Corals☆

Warm like a summer’s day♪ 25℃ in Ishigaki island today☆
We went out with one certified diver and his friend who tried diving for the first time(≧▽≦) Todays sites were in Osaki and Nagura area☆

Our discover scuba diver managed a smooth decent♪♪ He even went for a short swim around by himself(^O^)

We saw many different tropical fishes and took picture with the Anemone Clownfishes☆

In Nagura, we swam over the beautiful coral reefs\(^o^)/

I hope we can get many more days like this and the water temperature will go up a bit♪♪ But it’s probably still too early in season(;^ω^)

Fun dives in Kabira area, it’s been long time

We had a little bit of rain but it was 24°C warm in Ishigaki island today☆☆
The wind was a gentle breeze and we departed from Kabira bay for the first time this year and went diving in Yonehara♪ It was so peaceful (≧▽≦) All the fishes and corals were as beautiful as last time we saw them♪

In a coral abandoned by the Anemone Fishes a couple of Squat Shrimps have made their home, they just keep increasing (;・∀・)

A Honey Comb Moray stretched out from its hole(;^ω^)

We also saw a young Luna Lionfish, Nudibranch and many other small critters☆

For second dive we went to Manta Point!!
Two mantas skirted the edge of the cleaning station and then swam away into the blue. Surely they will come back I thought… so we waited. And waited… and just as I was about to give up and head back to the boat two mantas appeared behind. I wonder if it was the same ones as before? I’m happy they showed up again (≧▽≦)

Lucky we got to see them☆
Tomorrow we start cleaning before for our holiday♪

Don’t forget final check before jumping in…

Today we had a gentle breeze blowing in Ishigaki island♪♪

We went to Osaki area for two fun dives(≧▽≦) We quickly found a colorful Nudibranch right after the descent, I switched on the camera… “Card Error” it said (;´・ω・)

We found Robust Ghost Pipefish too!
“Card Error” the camera said… (/ω\)

It’s not only the dive equipment that needs a final check, the camera too! Let’s try to remember it together (;^ω^)

Luckily, after I took the card out and put it in again the camera was working for our second dive(≧▽≦)
We found a tiny juvenile Ribbon eel and this time I got a picture of it!

We also went to see the Leafy Scorpionfish that was still sitting in the same place as last time I saw it☆☆ It must really like it there…

Of course, we saw lots of corals too☆ and some Cuttlefish, but they were a bit shy to be in the picture (´・ω・)

Close-up picture of a Nudibranch♪♪♪

The warm weather is going to continue tomorrow(≧▽≦)

Found Pokémon on Fun Dives

The water temperature has gone down to 20°C, it’s truly mid-winter in Ishigaki! Today we went for three Fun Dives in Osaki and Nagura area♪♪ and swam over lots of beautiful corals(≧▽≦)

We also found many interesting marine animals in the sandy bottom area; Garden Eels, White-Ray Shrimp Gobies, Black-Ray Shrimp Gobies, and Robust Ghost Pipefish♪

Everyone’s favorite Pikachu♪ This Nudibranch we don’t see that often(^O^)

Hidden inside a coral I found a Mandarinfish. They hide daytime and come out at sunset so, usually, it’s really hard to get a picture during the day(;´・ω・)

Portrait of one angry looking stonefish spreading its gills and pectoral fin to scare off attackers(;・∀・)

For the last 3 pictures, I was playing with the camera in microscope mode☆A Frost nudibranch close-up♪

A Bubble Coral Shrimp

Coral close-up♪

Today was a fun day with beautiful underwater scenery and many interesting encounters! I just wish it was a bit warmer(;^ω^)

Last Day of Open Water Course, Wind has Calmed Down☆

The wind had calmed down a lot since yesterday and we went diving on a sunny Ishigaki Island. However, the wind made a strong comeback this afternoon and now in the evening we can hear it howling again(;´・ω・)

We saw lots of different fishes on today’s dives again between skill practice!

The corals are looking fine today too♪ Between them a family of Tomato Anemone fishes had gathered and found a home(^O^)

We also spotted lots of shrimps☆ From the cute to the cool – I like them all(;・∀・)
Below is an Anemone Partner Shrimp♪ This one looks like it’s folding its arms in a very boss like way(≧▽≦)

Squirt Shrimp♪♪ I think it’s the most common shrimp around here, but no matter how many times I see them I still enjoy finding them☆

Feather Star Shrimp♪♪♪ There are many different colors of this shrimp, but I think I like the one below best(;^ω^)

Bubble Coral Shrimp♪♪♪♪ I often put pictures of it on the blog, but this shrimp in the bubble coral was especially ador(・∀・)able!!

It was a bit cold, but our student managed to finish her Open Water Course☆☆ Congratulations and hope to see you again for Fun Diving some day.