Advanced Open Water Course

The wind has calmed down but there is still much swell from the north remaining(;´・ω・) These two days we had an Advanced open water course(≧▽≦) Below, you can see my student practicing compass skills♪♪

We still had time to explore after skill practice♪♪ We swam over the corals and enjoyed the scenery☆

Then we did some more skill practiceす(; ・`д・´) Bouancy control♪ It’s one of the most important skills to master as a diver☆

We also met many different marine animals\(^o^)/ Below is a hovering Giant Cuttlefish.

We also swam by this big Stonefish・(;・∀・)

A Flounder♪

and a colorful Peacock mantis shrimp♪

This ribbon eel has been hiding in the same spot for quite some time♪♪ I hope it will get the chance to grow up and turn blue as an adult(;・∀・)

Today, we saw as many as five Green turtles♪This little one is still very young☆☆

Tomorrow we’re off for fun dives again(≧▽≦)

Relaxed Day on the Ocean

The wind suddenly died down overnight and the sea was calm today in Ishigaki island(≧▽≦) However, the swell was still lingering on the north side so we couldnät go to manta point(;´・ω・) But we had some good dives in Osaki area and Nagura bay☆ A Green turtle went up for air and then back to its usual sleeping place(`・ω・´)

We met a Giant cuttlefish too☆ This one wasn’t hiding at all and floating around out in the open.

We saw a Crocodilefish today again. This one was having a rest while small cleaner fishes were working busily, I guess it’s a fish spa? (;^ω^)

This Stonefish was well hidden in the sand♪♪Only the eyes and mouth were sticking up (;・∀・)

Lots of tiny Blue-green damselfishes♪ Absolutely adorable(≧▽≦)

Of couse, we saw many shrimps too\(^o^)/ Below is an Arrow cleaner shrimp♪

A big Bubblecoral shrimp♪I will miss this little fellow when we move the boat over to Kabira area for the summer(^.^)/~~~

Lots of Squat shrimps were shaking their little tails♪♪

And closeby, this big Anemone shrimp was guarding its territory(;・∀・)

An anemone parther shrimp☆

Tomorrow we’re starting an Advanced Open Water Course☆ It’s been a while since last time so I’m looking forward to it\(^o^)/

Cold Winds but the Diving is Still Good

The rain came and went today, the wind was also strong and it has gotten a bit cold on Ishigaki island(´-ω-`)
We picked dive spots sheltered from the wind in Osaki area and Nagura bay☆ We met this big Green turtle who has been hanging out in the same spot everyday for a while now(≧▽≦)

The corals of Nagura☆☆ there are so many different kinds here(`・ω・´) I worry that they will turn white, the water temperature is not very high yet and I hope it will not get to hot for them this year(;´・ω・)

We met many exciting critters on today’s dives♪♪ Below, a big Crocodilefish(;・∀・)

An Octopus poked its head out from a crack♪The color of its skin was pulsating and changing as we watched☆☆

A Lionfish♪This individual had very long beautiful fins(*’ω’*)

A Whitemouth moray eel, those are some sharp teeth!(;・∀・)

Nudibranch♪

Tomorrow we’ll go fun diving again☆

Two Days of Diving

It’s a cloudy sky but Ishigaki island is warm and the breeze is gentle☆
This blog is for both today and yesterday’s dives( ̄▽ ̄) Yesterday, we went for fun dives and today we had a group of Discover scuba divers☆ Both of them got to meet our big sleepy turtle on their dives(≧▽≦)

We approached slowly and got a picture together♪ This turtle sure takes his naps seriously(;・∀・)

In Osaki, we swam among the coral reefs♪

In Nagura, there are so many different kinds of corals(*’ω’*) On this rock, so many different kinds are growing together☆

Around this time of the year, we often see Giant cuttlefishes swimming around but this little fellow below was sitting very still. Our divers weren’t very impressed with its camouflage skills and said it looked kind of disgusting (;・∀・)

We didn’t get any manta rays but we saw many other wonderful marine animals☆ How when Golden week is over I hope it will be less crowded underwater(;^ω^)

Happy Discover Scuba Divers

It’s still hot like summer in Ishigaki(≧▽≦) Today we went out diving with a group of discover scuba divers☆ Before going “under the sea♪” we went through all the equipment properly.

Slow decent♪♪Some divers struggled with equalizing but everyone finally went diving togheter☆

The visibility wasn’t the best in this picture but we saw many fishes and happy faces☆Group picture♪

Schools of Sea goldies\(^o^)/ It’s magical just watching the schools of them swim around

Everybody swam very well, a Banded seasnake photobombed this picture(;^ω^) It soon swam away as the divers approached(;・∀・)

Tomorrow I’m off for fun dives♪♪ The wind is changing again, maybe we’ll move the boat over to Kabira(`・ω・´)