Discover Scuba Dives☆

An east wind is blowing in Ishigaki island. Today, we went out for discover scuba dives at Yonehara and Yamabare(≧▽≦)

Unfortunately, one of our divers felt nervous and uncomfortable and decided to withdraw for this time(>_<)
Well underwater we saw many different marine animals ♪♪ In the blue underwater world, the crimson red of the Tomato anemonefish really stand out♪

A Lionfish had found a rock crack that fit it perfectly(≧▽≦) Its spectacular long fins and colors makes it popular with beginners and more experienced divers alike☆

Our other first-time diver had a good time swimming around underwater\(^o^)/

In Yamabare, the corals are growing bigger and bigger and are now fighting for space at this rock(*^▽^*)

Among them, a Green turtle had siesta♪

Slowly, slowly we approached it and could get really close☆☆

The wind will continue strong tomorrow((+_+)) But underwater it will be calm as usual, looking forward to it☆

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☆

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, Calm Before the Storm ☆

Tomorrow, typhoon Maria will hit Ishigaki island. All the boats have been put away in preparation for it(;´・ω・) This view of Kabira bay without the boats you can only see on a sunny day before the typhoon♪♪

The wind has turned to the north, but it’s still weak so we could still go diving in the morning(≧▽≦) We did two dives in Yonehara☆

From Yonehara, we often post pictures of hard corals but there is also a spot with a wide field of soft corals here(^O^)

We saw lots of different macro today♪

Like this tiny Nudibranch♪

There is also a tunnel with lots of fishes in the shallow area (^ω^)

Of course, I found lots of shrimps! My favorites(≧▽≦)
In one place, I found so many Anemone partner shrimps it was impossible to count them!

This shrimp is almost completely transparent so it wasn’t easy to spot(^O^)

Those Whip coral shrimps were sitting right on the root of the whip coral♪

A super tiny Bubble coral shrimp☆ It was living on a small coral so maybe it’s better for it to keep small(;・∀・)

A group of Durban dancing shrimps lining up to get their picture taken♬

An Anemone shrimp☆

From tomorrow, we’ll close because of the typhoon and stay safe indoors the whole day(;´・ω・)
Let’s go diving together again once this typhoon passes\(^o^)/

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♪♪

Nudibranch☆

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!