Great Visibility and Manta Rays

Summer has come to Ishigaki island, it’s hot!(≧▽≦) Today we went out with both certified and beginner divers☆ Yonehara had great visibility today♪

It was hard to tell today’s discover scuba diver apart from a certified, he swam very well(;^ω^)

A whip shrimp on a whip coral.

For the second dive we went to Manta point! There was a manta ray circling the cleaning station today\(^o^)/

Looking forward to another day of diving tomorrow☆

The Waves are Finally Down! Fun Dives

There is still a little bit of swell left but both the wind and the waves have calmed down again(≧▽≦) Today we went out with divers from Australia and Singapore☆ Recently, there haven’t been many manta sightings and we didn’t have any luck today either((+_+))
But we did see many other different marine animals around Kabira area♪

The landscape underwater is certainly beautiful all by itself(`・ω・´)

We went for another landscape at Rock lake for the third dive♪

A Squat shimp. They look so funny as the move around shaking their little tails♪

Below, a whip-coral shrimp♪

Tomorrow we’re off diving again with both beginners and certified divers! I hope we can see many exciting things again☆ Hope the mantas will be back too(/・ω・)/

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☆