Strong wind and heavy rain, luckily everything is well under the surface

Heavy rain poured down over Ishigaki island this morning and it was windy too! (;・∀・) We still went out diving, and it was the last dives of 2019☆ Osaki area was nice and calm so we did both dives there.
This year has been full of exciting meetings underwater, today, we met this big sea turtle(≧▽≦)

The coral reefs in Osaki♪♪ Lots of small fishes dashing in and out of the corals(≧▽≦)

Found lots of shrimps too♡ It’s been a while since I found a Dragon shrimp♪♪

A Mantis shrimp☆

On the swaying whip coral sat a couple of whip coral shrimps♪♪

Below, an anemone shrimp.

Of course, we also saw the squat shrimps wagging their little tails☆

Another year of spectacular diving in Ishigaki island(≧▽≦) I’m looking forward to seeing what next year will bring☆

All I Want for Christmas is Manta Rays

It really feels like summer in Ishigaki island(≧▽≦) We went for three dives today☆ In the morning, we joined our friend’s boat for dives in Yonehara and at Manta point\(^o^)/ In the afternoon, we went diving in Osaki on the other side of the cape♪
The Manta rays were still in good form!!

Did I mention it was a very sunny day? (^O^)

In Osaki, we met the green sea turtles♪♪

It’s been a while since we got to float over the coral garden in Yonehara♪ So beautiful♡ I always look forward to diving here(*´▽`*)

At Manta scramble, we saw the manta rays! But also so many corals have been growing up.

This snake sliddered over the sand at Yonehara, there was quite a lot of them today☆ I think it has a cute face♪

What do you call a little shrimp on a whip coral? A whip coral shrimp♪♪

And below is an Anemone shrimp(;・∀・)

I hope we can have many more summery winter days like this, but I guess that might not be possible(;^ω^)

Last chance to see manta rays this year?!

We woke up to a sunny Ishigaki this morning(≧▽≦) With three discover scuba divers onboard we went diving at Osaki and Manta Scramble☆
The drive out to Manta scramble went smooth but, as we came up after the second dive, the wind had turned north and was picking up strength…
Below, a photo from the dive briefing this sunny morning(`・ω・´)

Two of three divers did their very first dives, they swam very well♪♪

On the first dive, the green sea turtles came to greet them☆ They always look too content on the rocks(≧▽≦)

We approached slowly and took a photo together(≧▽≦)

For second dive, off to Manta point! It might be the last chance to meet them this year I thought as we swam over to the cleaning station and there they were♪ One manta was circling the cleaning station the whole time☆ We saw a total of four different individuals(≧▽≦)

It was a very lucky day to go diving on♪w

The corals were also doing well I noticed as we swam over them☆

From tomorrow, the weather is supposed to start turning over to winter again(;´・ω・)

Manta point diving in December

It doesn’t feel like winter at all in Ishigaki island today2(≧▽≦) Sunny sky and calm sea♪
We went for fun dives at Manta point and Osaki area♪ The green sea turtles were there to greet us in Osaki(^O^)

Comfy nap on the rocks(≧▽≦)

This year, there are many pipefish on the sandy bottom here☆ Their bodies look rigid like sticks when they move (;・∀・)

There are many critters on and in the sand♪♪ Below, a flounder♪It’s hiding a bit too well in this photo(;^ω^)

This stonefish was also hiding in the sand☆ They can be devilishly hard to spot(;・∀・)

After diving in Osaki, we drove around the cape to Manta point♪ Two mantas swam in the distance but we couldn’t get close to them(;´・ω・) However, I’m glad we could go out there today!

Fun dives with refresher course

The wind over Ishigaki island is very strong since yesterday(;´・ω・) Today’s guests had been out of the water for a while so they did a refresher course with us☆ First, we practiced a few skills to get comfortable in the water again ☆ After that, we swam around and explored the dive site☆

Lots of small fishes were swimming in and out of the corals♪

We met several green sea turtles today! Many of them had squeezed themselves in between the rocks to keep stable in the swell(;・∀・)

This turtle was busy eating and didn’t care about us at all(;^ω^)

A tiny Pipefish☆ This season we’ve seen them frequently in this sandy area☆

A peacock mantis shrimp♪ It was hiding under a rock at first but this individual was unusually curious and soon came out to say hello(^-^;

It looks like the wind will continue to blow strong tomorrow too, I hope we can get calm seas again soon(;^ω^)