Today we went Discover Scuba Diving in Ishigaki’s Nagura Bay! The wind was blowing hard since morning, but the corals were beautiful and the visibility was excellent (≧▽≦)
After struggling with the waves at the surface, we went down to the calm world underwater♪
The blue-green Damsel fishes darted in and out of the corals as if they were playing hide and seek(^ω^)
The Clavelina Sea Squirt come in “Ultraman”(popular Japanese fiction character) colors ☆☆ It is hard to beliave that this is a marine animal (;・∀・)
We saw lots of different clownfishes and took pictures with them, our divers will have good memories to bring home (≧▽≦)
It will start snowing in Tokyo, we have it much warmer but looks like Ishigaki will also get a bit colder from next week＾＾；
Today we went diving with a group from Singapore♪♪
We went for two dives in Osaki and Nagura area☆ The day was warm and sunny, but the water was cold as always around this season (;・∀・)
On the first dive we found an Ornate pipefish, last time I went there were two adult ones but they couldn’t be found today. When the Ornate pipefish are young, it looks like they have tiny wings coming out from the middle of their body(≧▽≦)
In Nagura area, the corals were looking really healthy and beautiful! A magic feeling as we slowly swam over them (≧▽≦)
Many of the blue corals that were damaged during the bleaching event have gotten the color back as they heal with the cooler temperatures☆
On the edge of a rock a Brown Banded Pipefish was moving around busily♪ We see them quite often but it’s always a pleasure to meet them(*^▽^*)
Ishigaki’s winter has only just begun and I’m looking forward to all the special things we can see around this season.
Happy New Year!
Our first divers this year, our first Open Water Course this year(≧▽≦)
The weather was nice and sunny, a bit cold but otherwise excellent condtions♪♪
Bit nervous before the first back-roll entry(・∀・)
After struggling a bit with equalizing we practiced lots of skills before enjoying swimming around☆☆
We took selfie with Tomato anemonefishes (≧▽≦)
Compass navigation♪ Straight arm and good angle☆☆
On the last day of diving, they swam skillfully over the beautiful coral reefs＼(^o^)／
I hope they will continue diving and learning a lot more from now on☆
This shell live inside corals. It doesn’t look very special at first glance, but the colors are stunning close-up☆
A clownfish dashing in and out of an anemone♪ Another year with lots of new fun encounters to come(≧▽≦)
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 (・∀・)
We started our rescue course two days ago, today was the final day☆☆
In the open water session we went through many different scenarios♪
Below, search-pattern practice with compass☆
My student saved me many times during our training scenarios(≧▽≦)
Between the practice, we also saw many different fishes, like these Batfish♪
Also, the poisonous Leafy scorpionfish and Lionfish.
We also saw squat shrimps and many healthy corals♪♪♪ I almost forgot about the course because there was so much to see(;^ω^)
After two days of hard study and busy open water session, rescue course completed＼(^o^)／
Congratulations☆☆ Let’s enjoy fun diving together tomorrow(^O^)