The Calm Before the Storm♪ Diving with Mantas and Turtles☆

The swell had gone down again and the ocean was eerily flat today in Ishigaki island(/・ω・)/
From tomorrow, the north wind will get very strong according to the weather forecast. That’s why we moved around the boat to Sakeida for tomorrow’s dives(^O^)

Today we could still enjoy diving with the Manta rays(≧▽≦) We could see them very close☆

The ocean was so flat we could even go to Yamabare turtle point today☆ The turtles were relaxing at their usual sleeping spots\(^o^)/

On the sandy soil we can find many critters mimicking leaves and branches☆
This is a kind of Spidercrab♪♪ It looks like a small piece of rubbish(;^ω^)

This leafy looking fellow is a Robust ghost pipefish(;・∀・)

This teeny tiny Nudibranch we often see at Manta point☆☆
It’s hard to see it properly with the naked eye but, as you can see in the picture, it’s a beautiful little fellow(`・ω・´)

Tomorrow we’re off with both certified and beginner divers! I wonder which point we should visit(;´・ω・)

Last Day of Calm! Landscape Diving, Turtle and Mantas♪

A typhoon+ north wind, stormy weather is approaching Ishigaki island!

Today we went out with only certified divers♪♪
We dived at Rock lake, Manta scramble and Manta city☆
So much fun swimming through the tunnels at the landscape dive site(≧▽≦)

For 2nd dive we went to Manta scramble where we waited a long time without any luck(T_T) I also feel disappointed when we wait and don’t see them(;´・ω・) However, we didn’t give up and tried again on the 3rd dive!
Luckily, we only had to wait 5min this time and then a Manta appeared(≧▽≦)

It circled slowly above the station and we could take our time to watch it☆ Closeby, a young turtle was having a siesta on top of the soft corals♪♪ So tiny(*’ω’*)

We can see Nudibranch at all of the dive sites♪ This little fellow crossed our path while we waited for the Manta ray.

I’m worried about the typhoon, but tomorrow we can still go diving!

Great Dives♪ Finally a Manta that Circled Slowly Above the Station☆

It’s the calm before the storm in Ishigaki island(;´・ω・)

A typhoon has formed south of Ishigaki and it’s turning the wind to north! Well, no point to worry♪ Today we had great sea conditions for diving(≧▽≦)
The visibility was also very good♪ We went out with both beginner divers and licenced divers today☆

Of course, there were lots of Green turtles♪ in Yamabare♪♪
We took a picture together with one☆ If we approach them respectfully, they can stay very relaxed liked this(*’ω’*)

For 2nd dive we went to Manta scramble without luck(/ω\) It’s really bad this year(;´・ω・)
However, we got revenge on the 3rd dive at Manta scramble! One manta was circling the station as we went down (≧▽≦)

It circled round and round and round☆☆

Feeling grateful for the manta, turtles and all the other marine animals we got to see today♪
Like this Octopus! It had squeezed itself into a small hole(;・∀・)

And this tiny crab♪

Tomorrow is another summery day! Looking forward to get into the water(/・ω・)/d

Just as We were About to Give Up – Finally a Manta Ray!

Another sunny day in Ishigaki island☆

We went out with 2 divers today☆ First dive we saw Green turtles♪ There are so many of them this year(≧▽≦)
It looked very comfy resting among the corals ♪

Today we went diving at Manta city(・`д・´) We waited and waited at the cleaning station…
And we also enjoyed some landscape diving

Just as we were about to ascend, finally a manta ray appeared\(^o^)/
It was only passing by, but this year we are just super happy if we get to see them!

Great experience♪ I hope we can repeat tomorrow m(__)m

We also saw many other fishes, like this one below♪
It’s a Longnose hawkfish♪ It looks similar to the Dwarf hawkfish but has a longer nose and is much rarer(;^ω^)

Tomorrow we’re off for discover scuba dives and fun dives in Ishigaki again!

Relaxed Dives in Calm Ocean♪

A gentle wind is blowing from the east over Ishigaki island☆

Today we went diving in Kabira area(≧▽≦)
I’m sad to say, this year the Mantas are not showing up as usual(T_T) Around this time of the year, we should be seeing several of them circling the cleaning stations almost every day(´-ω-`)

However, there are plenty of other marine animals to see♪♪
Lots of Green turtles this year, and they can almost always be found in the same spots having a siesta☆

A Glass goby sitting on a whip coral☆ The teeth look very sharp close-up(;^ω^)

Lots of fishes are gathering on the artificial reefs made by a senior diveshop\(^o^)/

A young Cockatoo waspfish♪

The Ghost pipefishes have become a regular on the blog latley♪

These Pipehorses are living on small strands of seaweed on the deeper side of the reef, but recently I’ve seen the Green turtles eating that seaweed. It worries me that they might get eaten(;´・ω・)

Tomorrow we’re off diving in Kabira area again!!