Fun dives under the sun

A south wind is blowing! It’s only January but Ishigaki island is really warm and the sea calm(≧▽≦) Today, we departed from Kabira bay and went diving at Manta point♪♪ Can you see the far away manta ray in this picture? It was a really small manta in a hurry(;・∀・)

The corals are growing up healthily at Manta scramble(*^▽^*)

Besides the small manta ray, we also met this sleepyhead (;^ω^) We quite often see green sea turtles at the manta points☆

The above picture is from manta scramble and the below one from manta city(≧▽≦)

There were also many tomato anemonefishes♪♪

Below, a pink anemonefish☆

Another day with south wind tomorrow♪ Looking forward to depart from Kabira bay again!

Colorful Corals

The wind blew gently over Ishigaki island today. The water temperature is down but it doesn’t feel too cold when the sun is shining(≧▽≦) We went out for fun dives in Osaki and Nagura today☆ The corals were very pretty(*^▽^*)

We went looking for the Sea turtles but they weren’t many around today(/ω\) We just got a quick look at this one taking off ~ww

This big nudibranch has been hanging around the same spot for some time♪It’s big so pretty easy to spot(;^ω^)

A whip coral shrimp♪

The wind will change to the south again tomorrow(`・ω・´) Looking forward to a bit warmer weather♪♪

Fun dives in Osaki

The forecast was for north wind this morning but we woke up to a sunny Ishigaki(≧▽≦) However, as we departed from the beach the north wind came in strong and cold(;´・ω・) We still went for three dives in Osaki area☆ There, we met this green sea turtle who was very sound asleep(;・∀・)

This one is the biggest turtle in Osaki right now☆ A magnificent individual(`・ω・´)

Lately, we have started to see the giant cuttlefishes more frequently♪♪ It’s still not the mating season, I hope we will get to see many more!

A little pipefish with bright red eyes♪

A stonefish was well hidden in the sand, only the eyes and month vere sticking up(;・∀・)

A little frost nudibranch♡

We can see many of this type of nudibranch in Osaki right now☆

This fish looked like it was making an angry face as it hid underneath the rock but, actually, it was getting its mouth and body cleaned by small shrimps☆

We saw lots of small shrimps, below, an arrow cleaner shrimp♪♪

A teeny tiny anemone partner shrimp♪ It was floating around an anemone♪

The wind blew strong and cold today but from tomorrow it will calm down again☆ I wonder if the temperature will go up too.

South wind ends today! Calm sea and sunny sky

Thanks to the south wind it’s still warm and nice in Ishigaki Island(≧▽≦) Today, we departed from Kabira and went diving at Yonehara and Manta point♪

Sadly, the mantas didn’t show up today~~(゚Д゚;) First fail this year(;・∀・) On the other hand, we’ve been super lucky to get the chance to see them at all this early! And there was a big green sea turtle there to greet us♪

A small Scorpionfish blending into the background♪

We saw three of these flatworms today☆

Two big banded boxer shrimps were hanging out in a hole♪

A whip coral shrimp (≧▽≦)

The weather will be colder again from tomorrow(;´・ω・) We already prepared an moved the boat over to Sakieda, looking forward to diving in Osaki and Nagura again(*^▽^*)

First Manta Ray this year

The weather has been really warm and sunny in Ishigaki Island the last few days(`・ω・´) As the sea was much calmer than expected, we could go out to Manta point today(≧▽≦) We did our first dives in Osaki and then drow around the cape to try our luck with the manta rays! I thought it would be more choppy, but it was quite a smooth ride there♪

A Manta ray appeared at the cleaning station where it circled around and around\(^o^)/ We could see it very close, later another one showed up!

A green sea turtle was also relaxing among the corals at manta point☆

So many corals! (≧▽≦)

We also saw many smaller critters, like this scorpionfish♪

And some Nudibranches (*^▽^*)

It looks like this good weather will last for a while(^O^)