The ocean is calm again around Ishigaki Island

Calm sea, blue sky, maybe a little bit cold but otherwise great conditions for diving in Ishigaki right now(≧▽≦)
We saw many different types of marine animals and coral species♪

Lots of blue corals too☆

On the sandy bottom, a white-ray shrimp gobies♪ The were struggling a bit with the current today(;・∀・)

A black-ray shrimp goby☆

A flounder, I’ve never seen them smile(;^ω^)

A pair of pipefishes♪

A nudibranch♡ Amazing pattern and colors on this one\(^o^)/

A big lionfish was hiding under a rock☆

A depressed spider crab was sitting on a red sea fan (≧▽≦)

The weather is looking good, maybe we can depart from Kabira tomorrow!

Dolphins!

January went by so quickly, and the end of the month was a bit cold. Thankfully, the wind has now calmed down and we could go diving under the sun (≧▽≦) As we departed I saw that my friend’s boat had stopped – to look at dolphins!\(゜ロ\)(/ロ゜)/ We didn’t get to swim with them but got this photo by putting the camera underwater♪♪

Fun dives in Osaki and Nagura area☆ Corals are looking well!☆

A huge nudibranch~(゚Д゚;) I don’t thin I’ve ever seen one this big before♪♪

A smaller nudibranch was also close by(;・∀・)

There was only one sea turtle on the reef today but it was very relaxed☆

A pipefish♪♪

A tiny Scorpionfish☆ It looked adorable as it shuffled along the bottom(*^▽^*)

The lionfishes often hide between the rocks but this one was out in the open(;^ω^)

From tomorrow the island should start warming up little by little again if you believe the weather forecast♪

The warm weather ends today?!

Despite the sky being cloudy and the occasional rain shower, Ishigaki island was still warm today (≧▽≦) The swell had gone up since yesterday but we could still depart from Kabira bay☆ Sadly, the manta rays didn’t show up at the second dive~~~(/ω\) But we still had a good time diving♪ Below is the always lively coral garden of Yonehara☆

A dwarf hawkfish. It’s not as popular as its rarer long-nosed cousin(;´・ω・) There are quite a lot of them on the reef and you can often see them sitting on a rock or coral♡

A whip-coral shrimp♪

This nudibranch didn’t move at all (;・∀・)

A tiny flatworm, this one had very quick… skirts?(;^ω^)

From tomorrow it will get colder again, winter is coming!

Circling manta on today’s dive

Flat ocean in Ishigaki island today(≧▽≦)

First, we went diving at Yonehara coral garden☆ After that we departed for manta point☆ It’s in the middle of winter but we’ve been seeing them often lately\(^o^)/

A manta was circling round and round the north cleaning station at manta scramble(≧▽≦)

When we swam back, I noticed that another manta was circling the main cleaning station too(;・∀・)
In Yonehara, we swam over the corals♪

And also explored some tunnels(*^▽^*)

We saw many different kinds of marine animals♪♪ Below, a lionfish♪

A banded sea snake was having a nap on the ocean floor. When they sleep, their eyes turn white☆

A brown-banded pipefish dashed across a rock♪

A school of anemone partner shrimps had gathered in the same spot\(^o^)/

This week the wind around Ishigaki island has been very calm and the temperature warm, but looks like winter will come back next week~(゚Д゚;)

Fun dives under the sun

A south wind is blowing! It’s only January but Ishigaki island is really warm and the sea calm(≧▽≦) Today, we departed from Kabira bay and went diving at Manta point♪♪ Can you see the far away manta ray in this picture? It was a really small manta in a hurry(;・∀・)

The corals are growing up healthily at Manta scramble(*^▽^*)

Besides the small manta ray, we also met this sleepyhead (;^ω^) We quite often see green sea turtles at the manta points☆

The above picture is from manta scramble and the below one from manta city(≧▽≦)

There were also many tomato anemonefishes♪♪

Below, a pink anemonefish☆

Another day with south wind tomorrow♪ Looking forward to depart from Kabira bay again!