Blank sea, great day to go diving

Mornings and evenings are still cold in Ishigaki but it quickly gets warm when the sun is up (≧∀≦) Flat sea today again♪

Yonehara coral garden☆ There is nothing that soothe the heart quite like an ocean stroll・:*+.\(( °ω° ))/.:+

A short drive away the corals looks very different♪

A green sea turtle with a big tail (*^▽^*)

This nudibranch moves a lot quicker than you would expectσ(^_^;) In a blink it moves away, but luckily it moves a lot which makes it easy to spot.

North winds again tomorrow・・・( ̄◇ ̄;) I hope it won’t get too cold

Manta rays on today’s dive

The wind blows from the south over Ishigaki island (≧∀≦) We went out for fun dives♪A calm day on the ocean☆ We could even go to Manta point! And we saw manta rays*・゜゚・*:.。..。.:*・'(*゚▽゚*)’・*:.。. .。.:*・゜゚・* One of them was very big♡

The corals at this dive point are growing steadily☆ Year by year, they build a beautiful underwater garden.

A green sea turtle was relaxing on a bed of soft corals(*^▽^*)

The ocean will be calm tomorrow again! Looking forward to diving at Yonehara, it’s been a long time since I went there.

However, looks like the wind will turn to north again on the day after so I have to drive the boat back to Sakieda again σ(^_^;)

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…