A Long Awaited Meeting☆☆

The east wind was blowing strong as we departed for diving in Ishigaki island☆ The wind will continue to pick up throughout the week(;´・ω・)

Today we went for fun dives in Yonehara and Manta point(≧▽≦)

This time, we’ll start with the second dive♪
At Manta city we saw a Manta ray! Lately, we haven’t had much luck with the mantas but now they are back\(^o^)/
And not only that, the Manta was circling round and round the cleaning station for quite some time☆

In Kabira, the many corals are growing up♪♪

The Peacock mantis shrimp’s color really stand out♪♪ The eyes kind of look like Wall-E(^O^)

A squat shrimp proudly raising its tail above the head☆

This Seasnake was having a siesta and I could sneak close to take this picture♪ It looks very friendly up close(;^ω^)

A Giant Moray eel poked its head out from a hole and got a good relaxing scrub by small cleaner fishes(^O^)

Tomorrow we’re off for Discover scuba dives, looking forward to it☆

Diving with Green Turtles in Ishigaki☆

The wind has turned to east in Ishigaki island and will keep getting stronger from tomorrow(;´・ω・)
It is very hot in Ishigaki, but so is the Japanese mainland too(^O^)

On days like this, it feels good to be underwater♪♪

Our discover scuba divers♪ They were so relaxed on their first dive☆☆ We took lots of pictures with many different fishes(≧▽≦)

And also together with this Green turtle that was having siesta\(^o^)/

The Turtle was rocking back and forth on the stone where it’s usually relaxing♪ Maybe it was itching?(;・∀・)

We also saw small macro like this cute Nudibranch☆

And this flatworm that was swimming by before settling down\(^o^)/

Today we didn’t have any luck at Manta scramble((+_+))… (/ω\)
We’ll try again tomorrow! I’m sure they’ll be there(/・ω・)/

Summer Fun Dives ♪♪

The typhoon has passed and every day is getting warmer in Ishigaki island♪♪

It’s the best weather for diving☆ However, sadly our Manta ray’s doesn’t seem to agree(/ω\) They didn’t show up today either(;´・ω・)

At Yonehara there is the big hard coral garden,

and also the soft coral garden. We can find so many different sceneries here(≧▽≦)

The Sea goldies were swimming merrily today again♪♪

There is also landscape diving☆☆

On the slope a Scorpionfish was resting♪ It has a great camouflage, but is easily spotted when moving(;・∀・)

From under a rock this Mantis shrimp poked it’s head out.

A long Giant moray eel ☆

Tomorrow we’ll go out for Discover scuba dives and fun diving in Ishigaki~~

Fun Dives After the Typhoon♪♪

The typhoon has passed over Ishigaki island\(^o^)/
Because of the direction of the typhoon, there wasn’t even much waves left (≧▽≦)

We went out to Yamabare and Manta point♪♪ The typhoon flushed clean water through the reefs and the visibility was great(^o^)

There was some signs of the typhoons passing underwater, but the fishes were doing well☆
A couple of Seasnakes followed us underwater, it might have been a bit unsettling to people who don’t like snakes(;・∀・)

A Robust ghost pipefish was drifting over the sand(≧▽≦)

And here’s an Ornate ghost pipefish☆

I’ve seen lots of this type of Nudibranch lately♪

On top of a rock, two turtles were having a siesta♪♪ I don’t think they spent the typhoon here so they must have come back because they really like this place☆

Lot’s of small things are hard to spot by the naked eye( ̄▽ ̄)

I went out with high expectations of finding the Manta rays after the typhoon, but they were not there((+_+))
But we will keep looking for them(^^;)

The Fine Weather Ends Today! Diving Before the Typhoon☆

Today a gentle wind was blowing over a sunny Ishigaki island☆

We went fun diving in Arakawa, Manta Scramble and Yonehara☆☆
Unfortunately, the visibility was not so good(;´・ω・) It’s probably because of the heavy rains recently((+_+))

But we could still find many different marine animals underwater♪
Like this very big flounder on the sandy bottom♪ At first glance, it looked just like a rock covered with seaweed. It would have melted in perfectly among the rocks, not so much on the white sand (;^ω^)

We couldn’t see any Mantas, but we did find this Whitetip reef shark(≧▽≦) It’s getting bigger and bigger♪ Probably it will move somewhere else as the typhoon comes(^.^)/~~~

A tiny Pipefish hiding in a tiny piece of seaweed♪♪


We also saw lots of shrimps and crabs(≧▽≦)

I wonder if we can go out diving tomorrow morning… in the afternoon we’ll start preparing for the typhoon!