First Discover Scuba Dives in Kabira this Year☆☆

It’s been a long time since we posted last! But now we are back from winter vacation and the homepage is up and running again after some technical problems♪♪

Ishigaki is getting warmer every day and we had 26°C air temperature as we departed for Discover Scuba Dives (≧▽≦) We did both dives in beautiful Yonehara today☆

Our divers had been scuba before, so we descended swiftly underwater♪♪

The Sea Goldies and Peach Anthias swam in schools above the rocks♪ They really gleam as the light hits them(^O^)

The corals of Yonehara were looking good as always\(^o^)/ So many small fishes dashed in and out of the reef! This is truly a place to heal a tired mind☆☆

Look how our dives swam today! One could think they had a license(;^ω^)
Let’s go for the license next time♪♪

In another two, three days the wind will turn north again so we’ll need to move the boat back to Sakieda(;´・ω・)

Fun dives in Kabira area, it’s been long time

We had a little bit of rain but it was 24°C warm in Ishigaki island today☆☆
The wind was a gentle breeze and we departed from Kabira bay for the first time this year and went diving in Yonehara♪ It was so peaceful (≧▽≦) All the fishes and corals were as beautiful as last time we saw them♪

In a coral abandoned by the Anemone Fishes a couple of Squat Shrimps have made their home, they just keep increasing (;・∀・)

A Honey Comb Moray stretched out from its hole(;^ω^)

We also saw a young Luna Lionfish, Nudibranch and many other small critters☆

For second dive we went to Manta Point!!
Two mantas skirted the edge of the cleaning station and then swam away into the blue. Surely they will come back I thought… so we waited. And waited… and just as I was about to give up and head back to the boat two mantas appeared behind. I wonder if it was the same ones as before? I’m happy they showed up again (≧▽≦)

Lucky we got to see them☆
Tomorrow we start cleaning before for our holiday♪

Yonehara, it’s been a while ♪

We departed from Kabira today and went diving in Yonehara where we haven’t dived in a long time☆
The beautiful reef and looked as healthy as always(≧▽≦) The corals in Osaki are also good looking, but this reef in Yonehara is special.

For second dive, we drove around the cape to Osaki and dove at the lively reef there\(^o^)/

We couldn’t go to Manta point because the swell was too big, but we saw a big Cuttlefish, met a napping Turtle and had a fun time diving (≧▽≦)

The Squat shrimp can be found in many places♪♪ You should see how it shakes its little tail☆

On the sandy bottom, a Stonefish had buried into the sand, when it founds a target it dashes out with great speed!

Soon, a new year begins(^O^) I will spend the first days of it diving (・∀・)

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.