Let’s Go Manta Sightseeing☆☆

It was not supposed to rain in Ishigaki island today… but it did. Quite a lot (;^ω^)

We departed from Sakieda beach and went diving in Osaki and Manta point♪♪
Today, we had one beginner and one certified diver that requested to go diving together and share the fun underwater (≧▽≦)

They met our cute anemonefishes on their first dive\(^o^)/

The swell was pretty high and the boat rocked, but we went to Manta point♪ There, we got to see the mantas (≧▽≦)

We’ll have north wind from tomorrow again(-_-メ) But I’m looking forward to going diving☆

Dream to See Mantas Came True!

The wind has changed to north, but it’s still weak so we could go diving at Yonehara and Manta point☆☆
We saw lots of different marine life today(≧▽≦)

Such as a big sleepy crocodile fish♪♪ We come across it from time to time, it has a funky body shape(”ω”)ノ

For second dive we went to Manta point, we had high swell again((+_+)) But we did saw a manta☆ It swam really close to our divers♪♪
One of our divers today had taken the diving license just to see a manta♪ I’m really happy we got to see them today☆
After diving, I drove the boat around the cape to Sakieda bay and we passed the Uganzaki lighthouse.

We’ll go out for more dives tomorrow☆

Mantas again!☆

We had high swell today, but could still go diving from Kabira bay and visit Manta point♪♪
In Yonehara, we saw lots of corals and marine life (≧▽≦) It’s a dive site sheltered from the waves so, as we went underwater, the world was calm and we could relax our minds♪♪

A big Honeycomb moray had made its home in a crack☆

A Bubble coral shrimp taking a stroll♪ Looking comfy on his coral\(^o^)/

For 2nd dive we went to Manta point(≧▽≦)
There was so much swell (/ω\) It was so much we couldn’t even hold onto the rocks, but we saw Manta♪ The manta was also riding the wave motion underwater as it swam☆

From tomorrow we’ll have strong northeast wind again. So we won’t be able to go to Manta point((+_+))
I’ll move the boat to Sakieda bay in the afternoon.

Diving with Lots of Mantas☆

Another day underwater with our divers from yesterday♪ We still have a bit of swell so we went diving at sheltered Yonehara again for our first dive☆

Today we went to Yonehara south side \(^o^)/ There are many corals in this area too, and lots of my favorites — shrimps(≧▽≦) Like this Squat shrimp that look like its dancing when shaking its little tail…

…and below, a Whip coral shrimp. This one is still very small and got entangled with some debris(;^ω^)

You can find the Christmas tree worms in many places♪ There are many varieties and colors, very picture friendly!

I also found a Bubble coral shrimp for the first time in a long time\(^o^)/ Last year, there were more Bubble corals around but this year there are a lot less(/ω\)

At Manta Scramble, we had a festival of mantas today!☆ As soon as we arrived at the cleaning station two of them were circling round and round♪

After a while, we also saw mantas at another cleaning station. I was actually on the way to look for turtles, but before we got there many mantas started circling, we saw a total of 6 them♪(≧▽≦) It’s been a long time since I saw this many at one time! I was so happy☆☆

I hope we can continue to see more and more mantas at the cleaning station from now on♪

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Diving at Yonehara, Manta Scramble and Rock Lake

We had a bit swell today, but could still depart from Kabira as usual with our divers☆ We went to southwest Yonehara for first dive♪ Lots of small fishes swam above the corals(≧▽≦)

A Lionfish also drifted above the coral sea♪

At Manta Scrambe, we had to wait so long((+_+)) But after 30 minutes wait at the cleaning station one Manta finally came(;^ω^)
It swam very close to our divers but passed the cleaning station((+_+)) While doing our safety stop we saw another manta♪ It was just passing by as well(;^ω^)

In the afternoon we went to Rock Lake\(^o^)/
The Ghost pipefish from the other day was there again, but it looked a bit trashed( ゚Д゚) Some other fish maybe nibbled on it…

In a crack of a rock, we found lots of Brown-banded pipefish.

At the end of the dive, we had a good time exploring the swim-throughs♪♪

Tomorrow we’ll depart for more Fun Dives(≧▽≦)