One day of south wind

The summer has come back to Ishigaki island for one day(≧∀≦)
We went for three dives in Osaki area and at Manta point♪♪ It’s amazing how we can find so many different corals in different areas around Ishigaki island♪( ´▽`) Below, finger corals in Osaki☆

The corals in Nagura bay are spectacular but, recently, the corals around Manta point have been growing like crazy! In the winter, we usually can’t go here but I guess it’s good for the corals to get a break too(*^▽^*)

A pair of robust ghost pipefish♪The season for them is coming to an end, but they are still possible to find if one looks carefully (^○^)

A scorpionfish♪

Whip coral with whip coral shrimps!☆

We also found lots of nudibranch (((o(*゚▽゚*)o)))♡

Today’s blog is a little bit short. Thank you for reading! σ(^_^;) Looking forward to dive tomorrow again!

Just before the storm

Great weather! Sunny and just a slight breeze over Ishigaki island(^O^) The wind is supposed to pick up again this afternoon but before that we dashed off to manta point for two dives with our guests from the last two days(≧∀≦)
First dive at manta city! After waiting for 20minutes…

…a Manta ray! 〜・:*+.\(( °ω° ))/.:+ It’s been a while since we could go see them close like this♪ Two rays on the first dive☆☆ However, they didn’t stay long.
When I checked the other cleaning stations, another dive shop was chasing the manta rays, swimming above them and all around with their cameras. That is probably why we seen less of the manta rays recently. I wish all shops would respect the rules we created together to protect this area Σ(‘◉⌓◉’)

For second dive we went to Manta scramble! As soon as we went down, we saw a manta circling the cleaning station♪It was really close!(*^▽^*)

We saw a total of four manta rays on the second dive! One or more at the cleaning station all the time♪

One of them swam very close to our guest!

We also enjoyed all the amazing corals♡ It’s gotten so pretty around this point(((o(*゚▽゚*)o)))♡

As I’m writing this blog, I can hear the wind getting stronger and stronger outside. It will be rough on the ocean from tomorrow (^_^;)

Suddenly, we could go

The rain was pouring down but the wind has calmed down around Ishigaki island(≧▽≦) There was still swell, but it had gone down enough for us to go to Manta point! It’s really hard to judge the ocean from the weather forecast around this time of the year (^-^;
As soon as we went down, a manta appeared\(゜ロ\)(/ロ゜)/ after a while we could see three of them circling☆

After watching the manta rays, we enjoyed the scenery\(^o^)/

At Osaki, we met the green turtles♪

A lonley batfish (;・∀・)

A whip coral shrimp on a whip coral♪

An anemone shrimp in his little green forest☆

From tomorrow, the wind will turn to north again. I wonder how many more times we can go to Manta point this year…

Beautiful Corals

Blue sky and calm ocean♪ It’s been a while since we had a day like this in Ishigaki island (≧▽≦) We went diving at Osaki and Manta point☆

So much coral at manta point\(゜ロ\)(/ロ゜)/ they are growing like weeds! This dive site will be truly magnificent in a few years if this continues♪

This green sea turtle was resting like this on the reef, I wonder if turtles get neck pain(;・∀・) they look soft so maybe it’s ok? (;^ω^)

We took a photo together with another more relaxed turtle♪ So many green turtles on today’s dives(≧▽≦)

Of course, we also had to take a photo with the anemone fish♡

Swimming over the corals♪ these two discover scuba divers had very good buoyancy♪

An anemone partner shrimp♪♪They have their own little forest under the surface(*^▽^*)

A typhoon might come by next weekend, the forecast keeps changing but it dosen’t look good. Left the boat in Kabira in north wind so I guess I won’t be diving for a few days (/ω\)

Shockingly fun first dives in Ishigaki

Last chance to dive in Kabira today, from tomorrow there will be north wind and high swell around Ishigaki island(;´・ω・)
The swell was already coming in as we departed this morning, but not high enough to stop us! (≧▽≦) We went out with both certified and beginner divers onboard☆

Floating over the coral sea on his first dive♪♪ A bit nervous and very excited♪today’s discover diver swam very well☆

Blue-green damsel fish♪

And on top of a bonnie, countless schools of sea goldies\(^o^)/

No manta at manta point today ((+_+)) Seems like we had bad timing (;´・ω・) But the landscape with all the corals is very beautiful(*´▽`*)

A green sea turtle looking for the perfect spot to take his next nap☆

Tomorrow we’re departing from Sakieda beach, it’s gonna be fun to dive in Osaki area again♪