Family Snorkeling and Scuba Dives♪

The weather forecast said rain, but it was warm and sunny until this afternoon in Ishigaki island☆

We went out for snorkeling and scuba diving with a family of four today☆
The visibility was on top in Osaki area, and we saw two manta rays on the surface before getting into the water on the first site(≧▽≦)
As we went underwater, I thought we had a pretty good chance of seeing them again on the dive!

Unfortunately, my dive team didn’t get to see a manta (;´・ω・) so I felt disappointed in my skills(/ω\)
But the snorkeling team saw two manta rays! Yay! (≧▽≦) This one was sound asleep(^ω^)v

On the next site, my dive team got revenge and saw two Green turtles♪♪ This one looked right at us(^ω^)v

We also swam around lots of beautiful corals

A Robust ghost pipefish imitating a dead leaf ♪
It was moving around a lot so it wasn’t hard to spot for me, but the camouflage is very clever(;・∀・)

On a stretched out Whip coral a couple of gobys and shrimps had taken up residence♪ Below is a Whip coral shrimp☆

From tomorrow, Viking Scuba will close for winter vacation. We feel grateful to everyone who has visited and supported our shop this year, thank you! Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Hope to see you again in 2019☆

Winter Dives at Yonehara and Manta point☆

Another warm day! A perfect day for diving in Ishigaki island☆

We went out to Yonehara and Manta point with this lovely couple(≧▽≦)
They had already finished the confined part of the open water course and were a bit nervous before their first ocean dives, but soon forgot about it and swam along☆

We took pictures with the Clown anemonefishes and swam over the coral garden, time passed so quickly(;^ω^)

First dives in the ocean! So much fun☆

For second dive we went to Manta city♬ We didn’t have to wait long before a manta showed up\(^o^)/ However, it was quite far away…

We waited for a while after the first manta swam away, then, a small male appeared! This one circled the cleaning stations a couple of times before going away(;´・ω・)
Finally, the last manta ray put on a real show♪ It circled around and swooped over the divers’ heads(≧▽≦)

From tomorrow it will be north wind again, looking forward to departing from Sakieda beach☆

Fun Dives on Flat Ocean♪♪

28°C in Ishigaki island today! Who would have thought that it could be this warm in December☆☆

The wind was gentle and the temperature was just right as we departed from Sakieda beach♪♪

On the way to Osaki, we saw a manta swimming just by the surface(≧▽≦) I was hoping we could see it diving too, but we didn’t find it again(;^ω^) Can’t always be lucky!
However, the visibility was excellent and we saw many other things♪

Like this cuttlefish☆ We also saw another one in the middle of laying eggs\(^o^)/

A very big female cuttlefish!

A pair of Robust ghostpipefishes were also laying eggs♪
This individual was very big and easy to find (;・∀・)

A Banded seasnake swam right up to the camera lens and flickered its tounge(^O^) Maybe it saw its own reflection(;^ω^)

This Bubble coral shrimp was also looking well♪ The other smaller ones had disappeared, or maybe they were just hiding(;´・ω・)

Many Anemone partner shrimps has moved into this big anemone☆ The look super cute when they walk♪

We saw lots of different animals today! And also many magnificent corals♪
Feeling grateful\(^o^)/

Tomorrow, we’ll join another boat and head out from Kabira bay! It would be rare, but maybe we could even see the manta rays?! Looking forward to dive(^O^)

The Sea is Calmer than Expected☆

The north wind blows strong over Ishigaki island, however, the ocean is not that rough☆

Today we went for fun dives in Osaki and Nagura area☆☆ No matter what kind of weather, underwater is always beautiful(≧▽≦)

A HUGE Cuttlefish\(^o^)/ It has been a long time since I saw one this big(;・∀・) It was laying eggs so I’m looking forward to visit this site again☆

A White tip reef shark was hiding under a rock☆ Today, we saw four of them(^O^) Neither of them were easy to spot in their hiding places but it would be great if they stay around(^ω^)

Under another rock a Lionfish♪♪

We also saw many Clown anemonefishes☆

There is so much to see underwater in Ishigaki wintertime(≧▽≦)

Slowly heading towards winter, Discover Scuba Dives

I wonder where yesterday’s sunny weather went! The wind has changed to north on Ishigaki, but the island is still warm☆

Today, we went out for discover scuba diving in Osaki(≧▽≦) Even with no previous experience, our diver was very comfortable in the water\(^o^)/

There was a bit swell but the visibility was still nice and we had some good dives☆☆ The corals in the shallow parts of the reef are still looking well and we swam around them with all the fishes♪♪

A Green turtle was there to greet us☆

It was very relaxed and we approached it slowly and got this picture together(^O^)

A Clown anemonefish♪♪ This one looked kind of goofy from the front(;´・ω・) Still cute though!☆

Winter season is coming to Ishigaki and it will continue to get colder until springtime.