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!

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(*^▽^*)

Discover scuba dives with manta rays. In January!

The wind blows from the east and it almost feels like summer in Ishigaki island (≧▽≦) There was a little bit of swell but we could depart from Kabira beach and go diving at Yonehara and Manta point☆ Both of them have very beautiful coral gardens(*^▽^*) Below is Yonehara♪

And this is at Manta scramble☆ Lots of small table corals growing up\(^o^)/

Today’s guest did her first dives with us! I was surprised by her good buoyancy(≧▽≦) We all floated smoothly over the corals♪♪

Lots of sea goldies♪

We also saw a Manta ray at Manta scramble☆ This time we had to wait over 20min before it appeared, but then it stayed and circled around(*^▽^*)

It was still circling the cleaning station as we had to go up before our air ran out(;´・ω・)

The weather forecast looks good for tomorrow too(^O^) We’ll be diving in Kabira 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^)

All I Want for Christmas is Manta Rays

It really feels like summer in Ishigaki island(≧▽≦) We went for three dives today☆ In the morning, we joined our friend’s boat for dives in Yonehara and at Manta point\(^o^)/ In the afternoon, we went diving in Osaki on the other side of the cape♪
The Manta rays were still in good form!!

Did I mention it was a very sunny day? (^O^)

In Osaki, we met the green sea turtles♪♪

It’s been a while since we got to float over the coral garden in Yonehara♪ So beautiful♡ I always look forward to diving here(*´▽`*)

At Manta scramble, we saw the manta rays! But also so many corals have been growing up.

This snake sliddered over the sand at Yonehara, there was quite a lot of them today☆ I think it has a cute face♪

What do you call a little shrimp on a whip coral? A whip coral shrimp♪♪

And below is an Anemone shrimp(;・∀・)

I hope we can have many more summery winter days like this, but I guess that might not be possible(;^ω^)