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.

Discover Scuba Dives at Yonehara

Today we had a group of four Discover Scuba Divers from Hong Kong(≧▽≦)

A group picture underwater after a bit struggle with equilizing and nervousness♪♪
Unfortunatly, one diver couldn’t join us(/ω\) She got too seasick, I hope she will take try again another time☆

Two dives at Yonehara! First, we visited the different anemone fishes and took pictures with them as our divers got used to the underwater world! For second dive, they had gotten much too confident and we could swim over the coral field of Yonehara together(≧▽≦)

On top of a bommie lots of colorful Sea goldies swam around♪

From tomorrow we’ll be departing from Sakieda for diving(^ω^) We don’t know how long the north wind will keep blowing, it’s too early for winter to come now(;^ω^)

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Two Dives In Yonehara☆

Another day with north wind, so we couldn’t go to Manta Point(/ω\) It’s not far away but the sea is so rough!

However, Yonehara is still sheltered(≧▽≦) So we went for two dives there, one on the west side and one on the south side♪♪
The soft corals were looking healthy and swayed with the slight current.

In other places, we have fields of branch corals and hard corals. The two dive sites are very close, but the landscape is surprisingly different(^ω^)

We found lots of small shrimps today too☆ Below is an emperor shrimp♪♪

And here an Anemone Partner Shrimp. I often put pictures of it on the blog. Usually, many of them live on the same coral so if you find one you can find more there☆

Tomorrow we’re off for Discover Scuba Diving♪ I hope we can have relaxed time\(^o^)/

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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