Discover Scuba Dives with Manta Rays in Ishigaki island

The ocean is still flat around Ishigaki island. However, it will get rougher from tomorrow(;´・ω・)

Today, we went out for discover scuba dives♪♪

Our diver was very comfortable underwater☆ He tried diving before and could even make own buoyancy\(^o^)/It was lots of fun♪♪

We also met many Clown anemonefishes♪ There are many different ones in Yonehara☆

A funky looking Banded boxer shrimp(≧▽≦) Look at that blue belly!

Schools of small fishes! So many different colors, time passed way to quickly(;・∀・)

For second dive we tried our luck at manta city☆ and first we saw a Manta right by the boat(≧▽≦)
It was very exciting♪ It was still there when we went diving☆

However, it didn’t stick around and went away while I fixed with the anchor(T_T)
We had to wait a long time before another one appeared(;^ω^)

From tomorrow, we’ll leave from Sakieda because of the north wind♪ Looking forward to diving again!

Manta Rays on 3rd Dive☆

Another day with east wind in Ishigaki island(≧▽≦) Rain fell from time to time, but it was still warm and the visibility underwater was excellent☆

We went diving at Yonehara and the Manta points☆
I had a cold since last week, but finally I could equalize my ears again(`・ω・´)

The coral garden of Yonehara♪♪ Lots of Sea goldies and Blue-green damselfishes swam around in schools\(^o^)/

And a big Honeycomb moray eel poked it’s head out from a whole(;^ω^) I think it looks quite friendly♪

A pair of Anemone shrimps♪ They are still quite small, looking forward to seeing them grow(^O^)

Also found this litte cuite(*’ω’*) It’s been a long time since I saw this Nudibranch♪

For 2nd dive we went to Manta scramble! However, there were no Manta rays there this time(/ω\)
So, we went back for 3rd dive! This time we tried Manta City.
Here, our luck was much better, 3 Mantas appeared(≧▽≦)

This one came really close to us! It was a very exciting dive thanks to this friendly Manta ray☆☆

We also saw this small Green turtle hiding it’s head(;・∀・)

Soon, the wind will turn to north again and I plan to move the boat back to Sakieda tomorrow(;^ω^)

Summer is Back! Time for Fun Dives♪

East wind! Feeling good♪ Great weather in Ishigaki island right now☆

We departed from Kabira for dives at Yonehara and Manta point(≧▽≦)

The coral garden of Yonehara are so tranquil☆ But at the same time lively with all the small fishes swimming around♪

A resting Crocodile fish♪♪ These eyes are really something\(^o^)/

At Manta scramble, we saw a Manta from far away…
It passed by in full speed and didn’t come back, I wish we could have spent more time with it(;´・ω・)

However, a sleeping Green turtle came to rescue(^O^) We even got a picture together(≧▽≦)

This Clownfish looks like it just woke up♪♪ It has a funny face, no wonder they are so popular(*^▽^*)

I wonder how long this good weather will last this time, I wish it will never go away!

Great Time for Seeing Manta Rays♪ Lots of Turtles too☆

The swell is still high in Ishigaki island, but it has gone down somewhat compared to yesterday☆

Today, we went out with both discover scuba divers and certified divers to Yonehara and Manta point!
Because the wind has been blowing from north, we haven’t been able to go out to Manta point much lately but this week we got to watch them several days☆ It’s been a very exciting week♪♪ Everybody got time to take a good look at them(≧▽≦)

We also saw many Green turtles at the Manta point today☆ This one was relaxing on top of some soft corals♪♪

In Yonehara many schools of small fishes swam on top of the corals\(^o^)/ So much color☆

Many different marine animals live on the coral reefs♪ Like this Squat shrimp that can be found on the edge on Anemones. They look funny as they shake their small tails♪

A big flatworm☆

An Electric clam was sitting in a rock crack. When light hits it, you can see it reflecting back as if blinking☆

Tomorrow will be last day we can depart from Kabira in a while(;´・ω・) From Saturday, we’ll depart from Sakieda beach instead(^O^)

The Ocean went Rough Overnight! But we saw the Manta Rays☆

Yesterday, the ocean was flat like a mirror…. today we went over high swell in Ishigaki island(; ・`д・´)

The wind is still not that strong, but the swell from far up north travel all the way here(/ω\)
However, we still went out for fun dives, discover scuba dives and snorkeling☆

At the beach, we went through how to use the equipment! The swell didn’t reach here so it was calm as usual☆☆

Yonehara was also sheltered♪ Visibility was great today☆☆
And the corals were looking good♪♪ We saw a turtle swimming in the distance, swam with the fishes and the time was up just like that(;^ω^)

Our first time discover scuba diver also had a good time discovering the underwater world(≧▽≦)

For 2nd dive we went to Manta point! The swell was high and visibility had gone down, but since it might be one of the last days we can go here so of course we took the chance!

We saw 3 Manta rays today\(^o^)/ You could see them wobbling in the swell underwater too(;・∀・)

We also saw many other fishes☆ Like this Lionfish♪♪ It was hiding under a rock and, as we approached, slowly swam on top♪

A Squat shrimp shaking its little tail♪♪ They were flocking on the edge of an Anemone♪

We’re expecting the same swell tomorrow…(;´・ω・) I hope we can go out to Manta point again!