Lots of Mantas on Today’s Dives♪

Another day with calm sea and excellent weather in Ishigaki☆

First dive at Arakawa Rock Lake!
As we descended a very big Napoleon fish came to greet us♪ I got surprised because it appeared so suddenly(;^ω^)
Inside the swim-throughs, all the fishes were gone ((+_+)) The typhoon must have swept them away to somewhere else. But even without the glassfishes, the swim-throughs are still exciting and the dive passed quickly as we explored them(≧▽≦)

For 2nd and 3rd dive we went to Manta point. First Manta Scramble and then Manta City♪♪♪

At scramble, a Marble ray passed us by on the way to the cleaning stations☆ Its tail was gone so it looked like a UFO (round disc) as it was swimming(;^ω^)
This is a good sign♪♪ I thought and as we came to the cleaning station a manta was circling above it(≧▽≦)
It was there for the about 20min, coming and going back and forth☆

After we had lunch, we went to Manta City. We had to wait around 20min before the manta appeared to our delight\(^o^)/
It swam very close to us and circled round and round the cleaning station so our divers got a good look at it♪♪

Looking forward to more great diving days like this☆

Three Fun Dives☆

We finally have calm seas again after the typhoon.
At Yonehara coral garden we swam over the corals and enjoyed watching all the bustling reef life(≧▽≦)

Today we only saw one manta passing by at Manta point, I wish it had stayed longer(/ω\) I didn’t even get a picture…

Two green sea turtles were sleeping at Yamabare☆ This point was hit hard by the typhoon, the turtles must have gone somewhere else for shelter. It looked like they were peacefully napping after a long week♪♪

We also found lots of shrimps and crabs today☆☆ A pair of orangutang crabs were hiding inside a coral♪ I wonder if they will stay there together since they found a partner(;^ω^)

Our resident squat shrimps were also there♪ I think there’s more and more of them… good(^ω^)
The whip coral shrimps are the ones I mostly miss after this typhoon. Before, I could find so many of them on one whip coral but now there isn’t a single one left((+_+))

Today’s divers will be coming tomorrow again, looking forward to taking them diving at new places!

Off We Go with a Merry Group of Divers☆

Today we had fun divers from Netherlands, Spain and Hong Kong on the boat(≧▽≦)

Recently we’ve been seeing mantas everyday♪♪ This time, it didn’t circle around but it swam very, very close to our divers so they got a really good look and were very happy☆

At Yonehara we enjoyed the coral garden and all the small reef fishes\(^o^)/

For 3rd dive we went to Yamabare♪ The garden eels poked their heads up from the sand, to get a picture of them you have to approach reeeeeaally slowly and carefully♪♪
An orangutang crab was hiding inside a coral♪ I wished it would get out just a little bit, but it didn’t want to. It is a really fluffy little krab (^ω^)

We had already seen many interesting things on our dives when we found the sleeping green sea turtle(≧▽≦) For this picture, I also approached very carefully so I wouldn’t disturb it!

Tomorrow we’re off for discover scuba dives♪ Looking forward to it!

Ishigaki is Still Hot in September

We’re in September but it’s still hot. Today, we went out for fun dives and discover scuba dives☆☆

First dive at Yonehara♪♪
Our discover scuba diver was too nervous for this dive(;^ω^)
Underwater we enjoyed swimming with all the small fishes over the coral reef♪ Another great day to go diving(≧▽≦)

For second dive we went to manta point, we had to wait for a long time but then a big manta appeared☆
It swam very close by to our divers’ delight!

Nervous Discover Scuba Dives☆

Today we had two guests from Hong Kong joining us for their first dives♪♪

There was only a small swell left today, and we went to our favorite dive site for discover scuba dives – Yonehara♪
As usual, we went around and said hello to all anemone fishes☆☆ There are many different varieties at this site(≧▽≦) Another day enjoying good life in the ocean♪

For second dive we went to Manta Scramble\(^o^)/
We went to the main cleaning station and waited… and two mantas showed up(≧▽≦)
First, a big female and she swam close to our divers☆ then came a male chasing after her♪ It was very exciting(^ω^)

From now on, we are expecting to see more and more mantas every day(≧▽≦)
Looking forward to it☆