Today we went diving in Osaki area! An east wind is blowing, but the north side of the island still has high waves and swell((+_+))
Our divers visited Ishigaki last year around the same time♪♪ We welcomed them back to the island☆
Visibility was great and we had a good time swimming over the corals.
There are lots of different corals and it’s an amazing feeling to swim between the coral walls.
We have a spot where we usually can see many Batfishes, but there’s not many there now. I wonder if they will return as winter comes(?^ω^)
We also saw a Robust Ghostpipe fish again today♪♪It was swimming in the middle of nowhere☆ I wonder if it might have been moving places…
Tomorrow we’re off for more fun dives! Looking forward to it(≧▽≦)
Because of the strong north wind, we went diving in Sakieda today☆
We had two siblings on the boat and one of them did their first dive today(≧▽≦)
We went down underwater and soon had a fun time swimming around♪♪
We saw many different kinds of anemonefishes♪♪
In this season we can see Robust ghostpipefishes☆
The water temperature was high this year again, but the finger corals at Anthias reef looked healty♪♪
Tomorrow we’ll be off for more dives☆ I’m looking forward to re-visit different sites in Sakieda again☆
Today we had a group of four Discover Scuba Divers from Hong Kong(≧▽≦)
A group picture underwater after a bit struggle with equilizing and nervousness♪♪
Unfortunatly, one diver couldn’t join us(/ω＼) She got too seasick, I hope she will take try again another time☆
Two dives at Yonehara! First, we visited the different anemone fishes and took pictures with them as our divers got used to the underwater world! For second dive, they had gotten much too confident and we could swim over the coral field of Yonehara together(≧▽≦)
On top of a bommie lots of colorful Sea goldies swam around♪
From tomorrow we’ll be departing from Sakieda for diving(^ω^) We don’t know how long the north wind will keep blowing, it’s too early for winter to come now(;^ω^)
Another day with north wind, so we couldn’t go to Manta Point(/ω＼) It’s not far away but the sea is so rough!
However, Yonehara is still sheltered(≧▽≦) So we went for two dives there, one on the west side and one on the south side♪♪
The soft corals were looking healthy and swayed with the slight current.
In other places, we have fields of branch corals and hard corals. The two dive sites are very close, but the landscape is surprisingly different(^ω^)
We found lots of small shrimps today too☆ Below is an emperor shrimp♪♪
And here an Anemone Partner Shrimp. I often put pictures of it on the blog. Usually, many of them live on the same coral so if you find one you can find more there☆
Tomorrow we’re off for Discover Scuba Diving♪ I hope we can have relaxed time＼(^o^)／
Another day underwater with our divers from yesterday♪ We still have a bit of swell so we went diving at sheltered Yonehara again for our first dive☆
Today we went to Yonehara south side ＼(^o^)／ There are many corals in this area too, and lots of my favorites — shrimps(≧▽≦) Like this Squat shrimp that look like its dancing when shaking its little tail…
…and below, a Whip coral shrimp. This one is still very small and got entangled with some debris(;^ω^)
You can find the Christmas tree worms in many places♪ There are many varieties and colors, very picture friendly!
I also found a Bubble coral shrimp for the first time in a long time＼(^o^)／ Last year, there were more Bubble corals around but this year there are a lot less(/ω＼)
At Manta Scramble, we had a festival of mantas today!☆ As soon as we arrived at the cleaning station two of them were circling round and round♪
After a while, we also saw mantas at another cleaning station. I was actually on the way to look for turtles, but before we got there many mantas started circling, we saw a total of 6 them♪(≧▽≦) It’s been a long time since I saw this many at one time! I was so happy☆☆
I hope we can continue to see more and more mantas at the cleaning station from now on♪