Another Day Without Manta Rays… But the Coral Reefs are Abundant with Life

This week in Ishigaki island we have sunny and calm weather everyday☆

However, around this time of the year, we should be seeing a lot more Manta rays (;´・ω・)
At least the coral garden isn’t going anywhere☆ Lots of small fishes were swimming around merrily!

A Mantis shrimp poked its head out of a hole before hiding again. They are strong and have a fierce punch but are easily scared(;・∀・)

A Clown anemonefish was basking in the sunlight in the shallow part of the reef♪ It looked very relaxed(≧▽≦)

While waiting for the Mantas to show up, this tiny Nudibranch crossed our path♪♪

Tomorrow, the Mantas will be there! From next week it looks like the wind will turn to the north(´-ω-`)☆

Discover Scuba and Fun Dives♪ Ladies Day☆

Warm and calm weather♪ Best dive conditions in Ishigaki island♪♪

Today’s divers were all women so it was a Ladies Day on the boat☆
We departed to Yonehara and Manta point in high spirits☆

Corals♪ Corals♪ Relaxing for the spirit(≧▽≦) This year, the water temperature haven’t risen too high so the corals are safe for this season(;^ω^)

All our discover scuba divers descended smoothly without any problems to equalize♪ We took pictures with the Anemonefishes!

And the next picture with a school of Sea goldies(^O^) It’s easy to loose track of time when you watch them swim around☆

First time diving but already the buancy is pretty good♪♪ Next, off to Manta point!

But no Mantas were there today…(;´・ω・)
Tomorrow, we’re off fun diving again. Let’s hope for better luck!

Diving in High Swell! But we could to Go Manta Point Anyway☆

A tropical cyclone is passing nearby and brought rain and waves to Ishigaki island.

There was some swell from the north wind but we could go to Yonehara and Manta point for fun and discover scuba dives(≧▽≦)

I was a bit worried about the visibility after the heavy rain yesterday, but it was better than expected. However, we felt the swell even underwater(;´・ω・)
Swaying back and forth, we took pictures with the Anemonefishes☆☆

Some fishes come and greet us no matter what the sea conditions are♪♪
Thank you Clown anemonefishes☆
Even with the high swell, we still went out to Manta point but no luck today(/ω\) On days like this when we make the extra effort I really wish they could show up(;^ω^) I hope we will have better luck when we go tomorrow\(^o^)/

Flat Ocean and Great Diving Conditions♪ Mantas…?

Another good day out on the ocean☆ but south of Ishigaki island a small low pressure area has formed.

We went out to both Manta city and scramble without much luck today(/ω\)  We only saw one Manta passing by quickly in the distance at scramble(;・∀・)

However, we got to see many turtles(≧▽≦)

Of course, we also saw many other marine animals☆

A small Anemonefish♪(*’ω’*)

And a tiny Scorpionfish♪

Ornate ghost pipefish♪♪

Nudibranchs☆

Shrimps♪

Looking forward to more fun dives tomorrow(/・ω・)/

No Manta Luck, but We Saw Many Other Things!!

Calm ocean in Ishigaki island☆ I wonder which part the wave forecast was for?

We went fun diving at Yamabrare, Manta point and Yonehara(≧▽≦)
The corals were beautiful and at this site so many new ones are growing☆ It warms my heart\(^o^)/

We also saw many reef fishes♪ Like this tiny Clown anemonefish♪♪

Bubble coral shrimps are my current favorites♪ It’s a fun challenge to take pictures of them(≧▽≦)

A Green turtle sunbathing at the shallow reef♪♪ It looked very relaxed and comfortable☆

A pretty violet toned Nudibranch♪

Looks like we’ll have another day with a flat ocean in Ishigaki tomorrow(*^▽^*)