Both Sharks and Turtles! Discover Scuba Dives☆

Last night it was storming, but with the morning came good weather and sunshine in Ishigaki island☆

Today we went out for discover scuba dives in Osaki and Nagura area(≧▽≦)
First dive is always a little bit nervous of course(*^▽^*) But once underwater, today’s guest was a surprisingly good diver\(^o^)/

A bright white Nudibranch with yellow skirt♪♪ It was very big!

Pictures with a Green turtle♪ We approached it slowly as to not disturb (^O^) Thank you for good memory mr. turtle!

We also took a picture together with this Sole♪♪

A Whitemouth moray, it was in the same place as two days ago(;・∀・) It must really like this spot♪

Hiding under a rock, these Whitetip reef sharks were not easily spotted or photographed(;^ω^) There were for of them (*^▽^*)

Lots of corals! And the small fishes! Beautiful to watch♪

And, of course, my favorite shrimps!

A flatworm♪ We see this type often around here(^O^)

The cuttlefishes were laying eggs☆☆ So many eggs between the corals, I hope many of them survives\(^o^)/

I also took a video today☆There are still not that many cuttlefishes, more will come I hope(;^ω^)

From tomorrow, we’ll take the boat up for regular maintenance for a few days♪

Fun Dives in Osaki♪

Big clouds in the sky but no rain today in Ishigaki island!

Our diver from yesterday came back for 2 more dives today♪ We went to Osaki area☆
There was a bit of swell at the shallower parts of the reef but the visibility was great and we saw many different things(≧▽≦) At this site, the corals are especially beautiful☆

A turtle came to greet us☆ We saw two Green turtles in total, one big and one small\(^o^)/

We also saw a Giant cuttlefish, it swam very quickly(;´・ω・) and there was only one of them! I hope it will find some friends soon☆

A Pipehorse had nestled itself in between strands of seaweed☆ I saw a Pipehorse at the same spot quite long ago, I wonder if it’s the same one? It was very large(;^ω^)

The Corocodilefish are so picture pleasing♪♪ Both big and unique looking, they are sure to make an impact(*^▽^*)

We only saw a few Batfihes today(;´・ω・) There weren’t that many of them last year either, I wonder what happened…

Something is coming out of the mouth of this Nudibranch!(;・∀lu) What could it be?

A Blue spotted stingray♪

An Anemoneshrimp☆

We can see so many different things diving in the winter! Time passes way too quikly(;^ω^) There is still so much to explore☆

First dives of 2019♪

Today, we opened up the dive shop again after the winter holidays♪ Looking forward to another year!
The weather hasn’t been that good lately, yesterday we had a sudden burst of sun but today the rain was back again on Ishigaki island.

We went out for 2 fun dives in Nagura bay! Found lots of animals(≧▽≦)
It was a long time since I visited Batfish paradise, however, not a single Batfish was there(/ω\) But we found lots of other interesting animals☆ Like this Nudibranch couple(*^▽^*)

There were also many Banded pipefishes♪♪ This individual was unusually big☆

And this little Nudibranch was about 5mm(;^ω^)

For second dive we enjoyed a shallower site with lots of corals

The Giant cuttlefishes here are mating earlier than in Osaki area\(^o^)/
Today, we saw 6 of them, some were spawning and other ones were looking for a mate(*^▽^*)

I usually go look for this Bubble coral shrimp on this site, the little fellow is looking well(≧▽≦) I also saw his mate that must have been hiding for some time☆ I’m happy they are two♪

On a big Anemone, some very shy Clown anemonefishes are living and they gotten company by a lot of Anemone shrimps! There was so many of them it seemed a bit crowded(;・∀・)

A Sole♪ It flapped around and tried to hide in the sand but it’s body was too big and it didn’t get covered at all (/ω\)

We also saw many other things! Like a whitetip reef shark, but it was hiding too far under a rock to take a picture(;^ω^) Tomorrow, we’re off for fun dives in Osaki area♪♪

Family Snorkeling and Scuba Dives♪

The weather forecast said rain, but it was warm and sunny until this afternoon in Ishigaki island☆

We went out for snorkeling and scuba diving with a family of four today☆
The visibility was on top in Osaki area, and we saw two manta rays on the surface before getting into the water on the first site(≧▽≦)
As we went underwater, I thought we had a pretty good chance of seeing them again on the dive!

Unfortunately, my dive team didn’t get to see a manta (;´・ω・) so I felt disappointed in my skills(/ω\)
But the snorkeling team saw two manta rays! Yay! (≧▽≦) This one was sound asleep(^ω^)v

On the next site, my dive team got revenge and saw two Green turtles♪♪ This one looked right at us(^ω^)v

We also swam around lots of beautiful corals

A Robust ghost pipefish imitating a dead leaf ♪
It was moving around a lot so it wasn’t hard to spot for me, but the camouflage is very clever(;・∀・)

On a stretched out Whip coral a couple of gobys and shrimps had taken up residence♪ Below is a Whip coral shrimp☆

From tomorrow, Viking Scuba will close for winter vacation. We feel grateful to everyone who has visited and supported our shop this year, thank you! Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Hope to see you again in 2019☆

Winter Dives at Yonehara and Manta point☆

Another warm day! A perfect day for diving in Ishigaki island☆

We went out to Yonehara and Manta point with this lovely couple(≧▽≦)
They had already finished the confined part of the open water course and were a bit nervous before their first ocean dives, but soon forgot about it and swam along☆

We took pictures with the Clown anemonefishes and swam over the coral garden, time passed so quickly(;^ω^)

First dives in the ocean! So much fun☆

For second dive we went to Manta city♬ We didn’t have to wait long before a manta showed up\(^o^)/ However, it was quite far away…

We waited for a while after the first manta swam away, then, a small male appeared! This one circled the cleaning stations a couple of times before going away(;´・ω・)
Finally, the last manta ray put on a real show♪ It circled around and swooped over the divers’ heads(≧▽≦)

From tomorrow it will be north wind again, looking forward to departing from Sakieda beach☆