Diving for the Whole Family

A clear sunny day in Ishigaki island(≧▽≦) Just a little bit hot without any wind(;・∀・)
Today we went out for both fun and discover scuba dives with one dive enthusiastic family☆☆
Both kids had been diving before so it was very relaxed(^O^) The older brother already has his certificate♪♪

After the first dive at Yonehara we headed to Manta point! Today we saw four Manta rays circling the cleaning station☆☆ We had to wait almost 25min for them to appear but finally they showed up \(゜ロ\)(/ロ゜)/

It’s too bad the photos turned out so dark(-_-メ)

We also went to see the turtles(≧▽≦) This big individual had squeezed itself under a rock♪

A smaller turtle was sleeping on top of the reef(;^ω^)

We met many different animals today♪And we also got to see many corals☆

Off for fun dives tomorrow again♪Looking forward to it☆

Fun Dives Departing from Kabira Bay

A cloudy sky as we departed this morning, and later rain! However, the wind blows from the south again over Ishigaki island(≧▽≦)
We had a relaxing time diving in Yonehara, Manta point and Arakawa today☆☆ The visibility was great in the morning(^O^)

No Manta rays today(T_T) I was really hoping we could meet them today again(;^ω^)
But we saw a turtle that was sleeping soundly on top fo the soft corals(;・∀・)

Third dive at a landscape site♪♪ We swam slowly in and out of all the swimthroughs☆

A tiny Scorpionfish♪♪Look at the big eyes✨

An anemonecrab was buisily reaching his arms out for food.

This kind of Nudibranch is quite common around here♪

A Frost nudibranch.

Tomorrow we’re off for fun dives again☆ The weather forecast doesn’t look the best(;´・ω・) At least the wind shouldn’t be very strong.

Calm winds over Ishigaki island

The wind has taken a quick turn south and the sea was calm as we departed from Sakieda, Ishigaki today(≧▽≦)
We went for three dives in Osaki and Nagura area\(^o^)/

A Green turtle was taking a nap at his usual place ☆☆ We saw three of them today(^O^)

A shark was resting under a rock♪♪

White-ray shrimp gobies☆

A tiny Pipehorse clinging to a piece of straw(;^ω^)

We also saw many different shrimps☆ Theesa are both different kinds of Anemone shrimps♪

Below, a bubble coral shrimp.

And this tiny shrimp blended perfectly in with the sea fan(;^ω^)

The wind is turning from south to north and back again(;´・ω・) At least it’s not very strong for now(;^ω^)

Turtles! Corals! Amazing corals

A calm east wind over Ishigaki island today(≧▽≦)
We departed from Sakieda♪ to dive in Osaki and Nagura☆ In Osaki, the visibility was a bit bad(;´・ω・) but we saw many different animals on the dive☆ Below is a Green turtle! We saw four of them today☆ This one got some hitchhikers attached…(;^ω^)

Another one swam slowly over the reef♪♪

Lots of Giant cuttlefishes☆ This one is in the middle of laying her eggs(/・ω・)/

And this male is guarding her fiercly(;・∀・)

In Nagura bay, we saw many different corals☆ The visibility was also on top\(^o^)/

A small Pipehorse was clinging to a straw on the sandy bottom(;´・ω・)

And a… crab?(;・∀・) A fluffy little fellow☆

An Anemone shrimp with eggs♪

A Lionfish.

Tomorrow we have Discover scuba dives♪♪ Looking forward to introducing the underwater world!

Fun Dives and Discover Scuba Dives

Another day with south wind in Ishigaki island♪
Today we departed from Kabira and went diving at Yonehara and Manta point☆ L-san did her first scuba dives♪♪
She got a hang of it very quickly and even made good buoancy over the corals(≧▽≦)

On top of a bommie, a bountiful school of Sea goldies swam around♪♪

Christmas tree worms, it’s very fun to see them hide so quickly!

A lion fish poked its head out♪♪ The long fins are very elegant, don’t you think?(^O^)

A Giant moray hid under a rock.

Unfortunately, we had no luck with the Mantas today either(T_T)
And tomorrow the wind will turn north in the afternoon so we’ll have to drive around to Sakieda again.