We found a calm spot

Another day with strong wind in Ishigaki island(;´・ω・) We went for three dives, two in Yamabare and one in Yonehara(≧▽≦) We saw a HUGE turtle on the last dive!!It’s hard to tell by the photo, but this one was really big!

We swam over lots of corals♪Just looking at them will make your heart lighter~☆

Around this season, we can see big schools of small baby fishes♡ It’s fascinating to see the school moving as they try to escape the big fish chasing them (;・∀・)

A square-spot anthias♪

Two banded pipe fishes(≧▽≦)

An anemone crab sitting on the edge of the coral catching food\(゜ロ\)(/ロ゜)/

On the rocks, the electric clams reflected the light right back as I shone the torch on them.

A Nudibranch on the go!

Four flatworms on the same coral! I wonder what brought about this gathering(;・∀・)

I hope the wind will be calmer tomorrow, looking forward to diving♪♪

Discover Scuba Dives in Ishigaki Island

The wind is blowing strong over Ishigaki island and we had fine weather today! I hope the raining on mainland Japan will stop soon, it’s really worrying to watch the news with all the flooding(;´・ω・)
Today, we went diving with these two lovely people. She is certified and he did his first dives with us♪They requested to dive together☆

A sleepy green sea turtle(≧▽≦)

We approached slowly and the turtle didn’t seem to mind at all! So we took a photo together☆

We swam slowly among many colorful fishes and also stopped to take photos with these tomato anemone fishes(*´▽`*)

For second dive, we went to manta point! But sadly no manta rays at manta scramble today~~(T_T)

The water temperature is up, 30℃ now! I don’t mind the weather being hot but I hope that the water temperature dosen’r rise too much(;^ω^)

Be careful of the striped eel catfishes

Sunny hot day in Ishigaki island(≧▽≦) Today we went for fun dives at Yamabare and Manta point☆ Both dive sites had lots of healthy corals growing\(^o^)/ However, the water temperature is already quite high which makes me worry.

Today’s guest♪♪ We searched for the manta rays together but they didn’t show up today(/ω\)

We did meet lots of gren sea turtles at both Yamabare and Manta scramble☆
This one was resting under a rock♪

Another turtle was resting on top of the corals(*´▽`*)

We also saw a school of striped eel catfishes appeared♪ They look cute but are actually poisonous so it’s better to not get too close.

Below, anemone fish eggs♡ They are about to hatch soon (^ω^)

The manta rays are not appearing that frequently yet, I hope they will start circling the cleaning stations more regularly soon! (・`д・´)

Long-awaited arrival

Another hot and sunny day in Ishigaki island\(^o^)/ Today, we went out for fun dives at Yonehara, Yamabare and Manta point☆☆
The manta rays haven’t been showing up as regular as usual this year, but went out to Manta scramble to try our luck!

We swam around and looked for them at a couple of cleaning stations. Just when I was about to give up, a manta ray appeared(≧▽≦) I wish it had stayed longer and not been in such a rush to swim away into the blue(/ω\) This is the best photo I got(;・∀・)

The corals in Ishigaki island are slowly recovering in a lot of places, the photo below is from Manta scramble. So many new table corals growing up♡ It makes me so happy to see! So hard to anchor in the right place(;^ω^)

We also saw some macro♪♪ Below, an ornate ghostpipefish☆

A leafy scorpionfish(゚Д゚;)

Lots of small fishes schooling around a coral bommie♪Right now might be the best season to dive at Yonehara(*´▽`*)

So many new reported cases of COVID-19 recently in Tokyo. Let’s all do our best to stop the spread!

Fun Dives!

A gentle wind and both surface and water temperature were just right in Ishigaki island today(≧▽≦) We were very happy to have a guest on the boat today♪♪ He just finished his open water so equipment setup was perfect☆ We went out for 3 dives\(^o^)/

We departed for manta point with high expectations but no manta rays there today(/ω\) I hope we can meet them again soon(;^ω^) The corals at Yonehara were very beautiful♪♪ Lots of small fishes swam around us☆

Sadly, the visibility at Arakawa wasn’t the best (;´・ω・) Maybe we’ll need to wait for a typhoon to clear this silt up after the rainy season(;・∀・)

A leafy scropionfish♪

Tiny bubble coral shrimp (*´▽`*)

And colorful nudibranchs (*´▽`*)

Ishigaki’s summer season has just started!!! I hope we can go diving a lot more soon.