Been waiting for this fantastic weather

Finally the wind has died down around Ishigaki island(≧▽≦) So nice to drive the boat on the flat ocean♪ We went out fun diving today again! This time at Yamabare and Manta point♪ The friendly green sea turtles were napping in their usual place(*´▽`*)

We floated over all the new corals that’s growing up in Yamabare☆

We saw many different critters. Below, an ornate ghost pipefish♡

A pair of Harlequin filfishes were swimming in and out of the corals♪

A Lionfish spread its fins swimming on the artificial reef.

We saw lot of this spices of nudibranch today, I don’t know how long the season for them will be this year but let’s enjoy(≧▽≦)

The manta rays… not here today either! I wonder where they went and hope that they will come back soon!

Windy above, calm below

The south wind continues to blow strong over Ishigaki Island(;´・ω・)
I met today’s for the first time when I was working in Thailand many years ago(≧▽≦) Today, we had some relaxing dives together♪♪

Schools of fish at Yonehara☆☆

Look how many of them are swimming around this big bommie♪♪

A Leafy scorpionfish, we saw two of them in different colors today(*´▽`*)

A tiny Lionfish fry♪

We also saw this beautiful adult lionfish\(^o^)/

No manta rays at Manta scramble today again, I wonder where they have gone (´-ω-`) But we did se two big green sea turtles having a nap on the reef, one of them quickly swam away as we got closer(/ω\) Sorry for disturbing(;^ω^) The other one didn’t mind and continued to sleep peacefully

I also took a video of these clown anemonefishes(*´▽`*)

Tomorrow we’ll go diving again☆ I wish the wind would calm down(;・∀・)

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!