Diving with giant cuttlefishes

The weather was good and we departed for fun dives in Ishigaki island(≧▽≦) We don’t have many guests these days but there’s nothing much to do about it(;^ω^) The diving here is still great☆
Many cuttlefishes had gathered today at the first dive site, but they weren’t laying eggs.

We also met a few green sea turtles. Sometimes if we spend too long with them there isn’t enough time to meet the cuttlefishes(;・∀・)

Many fishes seem to be relaxed in springtime♪♪ Even this lionfish looked sleepy.

We swam slowly over the coral garden.

Lots of stonefish in this area♪ This one was sticking its mouth out of the sand☆ Many divers sit down around here, I hope all guides are checking properly before sitting down (;^ω^)

This one squeezed itself between rocks, the texture is right but the color doesn’t match.

Today, we also saw the squat shrimps shaking their tiny tails♡ Their numbers here have been increasing recently, looks like they are having a party!

I love going diving! I hope it won’t be too long until next time… (;´・ω・)

Long time no seen!

The wind blew gently from the north and the sea around Ishigaki island was calm today(≧▽≦) A friend I last met over 8 years ago came to visit Ishigaki and dived with me☆☆
We departed for Osaki and Nagura for fun dives♪♪ I wonder if some other shop has been feeding the Batfishes at Mash 1, they really swam towards us today(;・∀・)

Lots of beautiful healthy corals in Nagura(*^▽^*)

Lots of blue-green damselfishes swam in small schools over the corals, they hide quickly if you approach(;^ω^)

In Osaki, this green sea turtle was having a nap comfortably on the rocks♪♪ Before, the other day we saw giant cuttlefishes here but some irresponsible guide from another shop must have scared them because we only saw one fleeing in the distance!

Lots of spotted garden eels poked their small heads up from the sand☆

An anemone partner shrimp☆・・

Many travel restrictions in place right now, but Ishigaki’s turqoise ocean isn’t going anywhere~\(^o^)/

Clear sky! Ishigaki fun dives

Clear sky over Ishigaki island(≧▽≦) Today, we went diving in Osaki and Nagura area with our guest from yesterday♪
The corals in Nagura are SO beautiful, I will never get tired of diving here(*´▽`*)

A school of small fishes.

This brown-banded pipefish approached us slowly… usually, they are quite shy so I wonder why (;・∀・)

A Durban dancing shrimp was swaying about☆

A big anemone shrimp.

We also found this tiny cute nudibranch♪ It’s small but the feelers are big ~(≧▽≦)

We’ll go out for more fun dives tomorrow again♪Looking forward to it!

First dives after our winter holiday

The wind blew gently and the sea was calm around Ishigaki island today(≧▽≦) We’re just back after our winter holidays and full of energy! Sadly, both flights and travel plans have been canceled for many because of the coronavirus and the island is pretty quiet even for low season (>_<)
But today we went diving in Osaki and Nagura♪♪ Beautiful corals!

In Osaki, we met a green sea turtle that was so busy eating that it didn’t see us at all (;^ω^)

We also saw giant cuttlefishes\(^o^)/

This scorpionfish was hiding under a rock♪It was looking back at us with big eyes (*’ω’*)

We also saw some cute shrimps☆ Below, a squat shrimp.

And this is an anemone shrimp.

Also found some bubble coral shrimps☆

I hope the virus will get under control soon. This is too sad for so many people that get sick or have their travel plans destroyed (-_-メ)
For now, we’ll bring the boat up for regular maintenance next week and, with a bit of luck, the weather will be good!

Cold but Fun!

This year’s first really cold day in Ishigaki island(゚Д゚;) Luckily, there was less wind today, a big improvement since yesterday! (;^ω^)
We went for fun dives in Ishigaki’s Osaki and Nagura area☆ The giant cuttlefish have started gathering(≧▽≦) There were eight of them there today! Some of them were really huge♪

This one below is laying her eggs inside the coral♪

I found the giant nudibranch again(^O^) It is about as big as my hand, I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a big individual!

We also found a frost nudibranch♪It really looks like it’s sparkling☆

A ribbon eel poked its head out from the sand☆ But it was quite shy and hid quickly(;・∀・)

A bubble coral shrimp in its bubble coral(≧▽≦)

An anemone shrimp♪♪ We can find it at many dive sites around Ishigaki♪

The corals in Nagura bay are really spectacular♡

From tomorrow we’re going on our winter vacation! We’ll rest, have fun and come back with lots of fresh energy ^_^