Flat Ocean and Manta Rays

The ocean is once again calm around Ishigaki island☆

Today we departed from Sakieda and dived in Osaki and Manta point♪♪

This Green turtle was soundly asleep(;・∀・) Adorable☆

Eyes firmly shut(≧▽≦) We met two of them in Osaki today☆

Of course, we also saw the Clown Anemone fishes!

For second dive, we went to Manta city! We only had to wait five minutes for a manta to arrive\(^o^)/
A Turtle went up for air and then came back to steal the show(;^ω^) So I got this picture with the 2 of them together☆

It was circling round and round slowly, until it sped away quickly! Maybe a cleaner fish bit the wrong place(;´・ω・) I’m glad we got to see the Manta today!

Tomorrow, we’re departing from Kabira! I hope there won’t be too much swell…(;・∀・)

Dives in Osaki☆ Lots of Marine Animals – from Turtles to Macros☆

A cool north wind blows over Ishigaki island☆

Today we departed from Sakieda beach♪♪ No matter the dive site, we can always find so many different marine animals here(≧▽≦)
A Stonefish had buried itself into the sand♪ This is still a small individual and it’s hiding very well(;・∀・)

This Scorpionfish doesn’t hide under the sand but the color alone is more than enough camouflage♪♪

We got to see a Nudibranch in the middle of laying its eggs\(^o^)/

A school of Batfishes were hanging out at their usual place, they don’t seem to move much(;^ω^)

Mr. Popular! A Clownfish, of course! It was making a silly face today again(`・ω・´)

The colorful and lively coral reefs☆

We saw lots of sleepy Green turtles today(≧▽≦) There was a bit swell underwater too so many turtles had squeezed themselves firmly under a rock(;^ω^)

The wind is supposed to calm down again from tomorrow afternoon☆

Discover Scuba Dives with Manta Rays in Ishigaki island

The ocean is still flat around Ishigaki island. However, it will get rougher from tomorrow(;´・ω・)

Today, we went out for discover scuba dives♪♪

Our diver was very comfortable underwater☆ He tried diving before and could even make own buoyancy\(^o^)/It was lots of fun♪♪

We also met many Clown anemonefishes♪ There are many different ones in Yonehara☆

A funky looking Banded boxer shrimp(≧▽≦) Look at that blue belly!

Schools of small fishes! So many different colors, time passed way to quickly(;・∀・)

For second dive we tried our luck at manta city☆ and first we saw a Manta right by the boat(≧▽≦)
It was very exciting♪ It was still there when we went diving☆

However, it didn’t stick around and went away while I fixed with the anchor(T_T)
We had to wait a long time before another one appeared(;^ω^)

From tomorrow, we’ll leave from Sakieda because of the north wind♪ Looking forward to diving again!

Manta Rays on 3rd Dive☆

Another day with east wind in Ishigaki island(≧▽≦) Rain fell from time to time, but it was still warm and the visibility underwater was excellent☆

We went diving at Yonehara and the Manta points☆
I had a cold since last week, but finally I could equalize my ears again(`・ω・´)

The coral garden of Yonehara♪♪ Lots of Sea goldies and Blue-green damselfishes swam around in schools\(^o^)/

And a big Honeycomb moray eel poked it’s head out from a whole(;^ω^) I think it looks quite friendly♪

A pair of Anemone shrimps♪ They are still quite small, looking forward to seeing them grow(^O^)

Also found this litte cuite(*’ω’*) It’s been a long time since I saw this Nudibranch♪

For 2nd dive we went to Manta scramble! However, there were no Manta rays there this time(/ω\)
So, we went back for 3rd dive! This time we tried Manta City.
Here, our luck was much better, 3 Mantas appeared(≧▽≦)

This one came really close to us! It was a very exciting dive thanks to this friendly Manta ray☆☆

We also saw this small Green turtle hiding it’s head(;・∀・)

Soon, the wind will turn to north again and I plan to move the boat back to Sakieda tomorrow(;^ω^)

Summer is Back! Time for Fun Dives♪

East wind! Feeling good♪ Great weather in Ishigaki island right now☆

We departed from Kabira for dives at Yonehara and Manta point(≧▽≦)

The coral garden of Yonehara are so tranquil☆ But at the same time lively with all the small fishes swimming around♪

A resting Crocodile fish♪♪ These eyes are really something\(^o^)/

At Manta scramble, we saw a Manta from far away…
It passed by in full speed and didn’t come back, I wish we could have spent more time with it(;´・ω・)

However, a sleeping Green turtle came to rescue(^O^) We even got a picture together(≧▽≦)

This Clownfish looks like it just woke up♪♪ It has a funny face, no wonder they are so popular(*^▽^*)

I wonder how long this good weather will last this time, I wish it will never go away!