The wind was strong, but we had some good dives ☆

The weather forecast said the wind would change to north early this morning, but the wind was still blowing from the south this morning in Ishigaki island.
Later, the wind changed as it was supposed to but it was pretty rough on the sea before that(;・∀・)

Despite the waves, we had some really nice dives in Nagura area(≧▽≦)

I found lots of Brown-banded pipefish♪♪

We also saw many seasnakes(;・∀・) This one was hving a nap♪♪

This shy Octopus also poked its head out for a bit♪

One of my favorite shrimps – the Squat shrimp(*^▽^*)

Tomorrow, the weather forecast is north wind again. It should be weaker than today, we’re off fun diving!

Lots of New Life Coming♪ Fun Dives☆

Clear and warm day in Ishigaki island today☆ But we’re supposed to be entering rainy season(;^ω^)

We went for fun dives in Osaki and Nagura(≧▽≦) In Osaki we met a Green sea turtle♪♪ It was just going up to the surface for breathing.

Today we saw many marine animals that were mating or carrying eggs☆ These two Brown banded pipe fishes were caught in the act on camera! Suddenly their colors changed to red and they started mating(*^▽^*)

A Cleaner shrimp was carrying a lot of tiny eggs, you can see their eyes through the shell so they’ll probably hatch soon(^O^)

A Banded pipefish was also carrying eggs♪ The female lay eggs on the male’s belly and from that moment he protects them fiercly☆☆

A baby Lionfish, I think their fins are the most beautiful at this age(^ω^)

A badly timed shot of this Leafy scorpionfish(´Д`) It has its mouth half open(;・∀・)

An expertly hidden flounder♪

We saw the Pipehorse today again☆ Soon the wind will calm down and we’ll move back to Kabira so we will not see it again(T_T)

This Pufferfish probably wanted to escape, but we kept going in the same direction instead♪ It has a cute way of swimming♪

Coral sea\(^o^)/A serene feeling to float over the reef☆

Tomorrow we’re going fun diving again♪ I wonder if we can move back to Kabira…

Fun Dives in Sakieda☆

Today was a bit cloudy in Ishigaki but at least the rain stayed away until the afternoon!

A north wind is blowing so we departed from Sakieda and went diving in Osaki and Nagura area(≧▽≦) Some swell was still lingering from yesterday’s south wind so visibility was a bit less than usual(;・∀・)

But we could still find many different kinds of animals underwater, feeling grateful☆☆
First out is a Green turtle♪♪ It gave us the evil eye after we disturbed its nap but didn’t make any sign of moving(;^ω^)

On the sandy bottom I could find the Pipehorses again, not far from where they sat last time♪ I can just keep watching them☆ They are so tiny(^O^)
A Flounder had also buried itself into the sand.

A jet black Nudibranch, it kind of reminds me of the black soots in Spirited Away ^_^

A big sea snake was also sitting on the sand☆ It has a scary stare(゚Д゚;)

We also saw many Garden eels, just a little bit away from them this Ribbon eel poked its head up♪

Even on the sandy bottom we can find so many different critters☆ On top of the reefs, the Blue-green damsel fishes dashed in and out of the corals(≧▽≦)

A tiny crab expertly camouflaged with the same color as the sea fan♪♪

Tomorrow it will be north wind again, but I’m looking forward to another day in Sakieda ☆

Golden Week Fun Dives and Introduction Dives

Ishigaki island is once again sunny after yesterday’s storm. However, because of the high swell we couldn’t depart from Kabira(/ω\) So instead we had a good time diving in Osaki and Nagura☆

Our first time divers swam very well by themselves(≧▽≦) With this promising buoyancy I hope they’ll go for their licenses soon (^O^)

The corals of Nagura are always beautiful♪♪ The blue corals are also getting more and more\(^o^)/

We saw many different critters today again! We’ll be departing from Kabira tomorrow so sadly we have to say goodbye to those two (;^ω^) They are Pipehorses♪ Around 2cm big☆ One had its tail around a straw and looked just adorable(*^▽^*)

A Ribbon eel♪ It has finally returned to the spot where we usually find it… I wonder were it has been(;・∀・) Or it might be a new one(;^ω^)

We can also find Garden eels at many different dive sites, but they are quite shy so if many divers passes by… they will hide and then we can’t see them at all(゚Д゚;)

There are many colorful fishes on the reef, but this Clown Triggerfish really got a lot of patterns going on(≧▽≦)

In Osaki, a Green turtle was napping♪♪ It had squeezed itself in firmly between the rocks (;・∀・)

Tomorrow, we’ll depart from Kabira and dive around Yonehara☆ I hope we can go to Manta point too, if just the ocean will calm down.

Advanced Open Water Course☆

It’s been a while since I updated the blog(/ω\) The north wind has picked up in Ishigaki.

Yesterday and today we did the advanced open water course♪♪ We only had one student so we could take it slow and go through everything at our own pace☆

Even when we do courses, we still have time to see many different kings of marine life(≧▽≦)
This is a picture from the navigation dive with compass♪♪ After a short struggle with the compass, our student managed the dive\(^o^)/

We also went out to Manta point, but no mantas there(/ω\) However, the landscape of the site is really interesting and we had a good time exploring it☆

Lots of healthy corals grow in the shallow areas♪ This place is always so beautiful

A soft coral was growing on the clam, but as the coral is getting bigger and bigger… I wonder if it will be hard for the clam to open it’s shell? (;・∀・)

A stone fish had buried deep into the sand, waiting for it’s pray… or maybe just taking an afternoon nap(;^ω^)

In a deeper part of the reef on a rock was a bunch of Durban dancing shrimps(/・ω・)/ As the name implies, they look like they do a litte dance as they move♪♪

This Leafy scorpionfish sat on top of a rock, not camouflaged at all (;・∀・)

In an Anemone, there were lots of tiny baby Anemone Clownfishes♪♪ However, somewhat less compared to my last dive here (T_T)

We also saw many Nudibranchs\(^o^)/

Golden Week will start soon! Looking forward to lots of new meetings☆☆