New Open Water Divers

The calm before the storm in Ishigaki island(;・∀・)
Today was the last day of the open water course! Upon request, we went to see the green sea turtles again♪♪ One of them came very close!

We couldn’t only play of course( ・`д・´) Lots of skills left to complete the course☆ Compass navigation in action below\(^o^)/

Lots of fishes gathered around this litte anemone in the sand♪The resident anemonefishes were all very small, I hope they can keep together in this small place(;^ω^)

Some small squat shrimps were also residing by the little anemone♡ They shake their little tails when they walk and sadly some fishes were snapping at them(-_-メ)

A scorpionfish☆

Open water course finished(≧▽≦) I hope they will have lots of more fun dives☆

This evening, the storm will come! It will not last very long but the north wind continues to blow strong(;^ω^)

Family day on the ocean

The rain was pouring down this morning which made me worry, but the sun came out as we departed from the beach(≧▽≦)
Today, we had a family of six on the boat enjoying the sea☆ Two open water courses and two refresher courses♪and the young boys went snorkeling☆

Scuba team group photo~☆ We did lots of skill practice♪

A tomato anemonefish♪

Growing seaweed? A scorpionfish looking green♪

We met the green sea turtles on the second dive\(^o^)/ I think we had 100% success rate of seeing them lately!

Group photo with the turtle♪

Looking more and more confident underwater(≧▽≦) It’s fun watching everyones progress dive by dive☆

A storm is coming tomorrow evening (;・∀・) We’ll finish the course before the ocean gets rough!!

Great dives in Osaki area

Sunny day in Ishigaki island☀ However, I can hear the wind howling again as I write this in the evening(;´・ω・)
We went for 3 fun dives today♪ First to Nagura area, the visibility was better than yesterday! The cabbage coral garden was doing well☆

We also saw lots of Ishigaki blue coral(*^▽^*)

Ishigaki blue coral

Photo time with the green sea turtles♪ I failed to include the head of the turtle in this one(/ω\)

An anemone shrimp.

A little arrow cleaner shrimp, this one wasn’t busy cleaning fishes at all. It just sat there looking relaxed. We all need time to do that ♪

A frost nudibranch showing off its gills♡

We suddenly ended up with a day off tomorrow! Time to rest and prepare for the upcoming Open Water Course(´・ω・`)

Dive log

The north wind has picked up speed again, I can feel winter approaching Ishigaki island. We went for fun dives in Osaki and Nagura today\(^o^)/Of course, we met the green sea turtles!

The visibility wasn’t the best in Osaki, it would have looked better with the sun out(;^ω^)

A ghost pipefish hiding♡ Can you spot the second tiny one just below? I hope they will stay in this spot☆

We also saw this pair of robust ghost pipefishes♪

Corals in Nagura bay☆

A scorpionfish♪I love their strange eyes (*^▽^*)

A flounder rested on the sandy bottom♪

A nudibranch♪

I hope the sun will come out more often tomorrow. Looking forward to dive! (≧▽≦)

First scuba dives

Sunny day In Ishigaki♪The wind has turned around to the north but hasn’t picked up speed yet(≧▽≦) Today’s guests did their first dives with us☆☆

We met this big green turtle on the second dive~\(^o^)/ It let us get very close to take a photo together♪♪

Smooth swimming☆ The visibility was down in some places but there was plenty of blue, clear ocean too(*^▽^*)

A pair of robust ghostpipefish♪

A tiny anemone shrimp.

I wish this good weather will continue! Let’s enjoy diving as much as we can before the winter comes♪