New divers certified

Lots of clouds and a short but intensive rain shower to start the day ( ̄◇ ̄;) but we got a little bit of sun as well and the sea was still calm (*^▽^*)
We continue the open water course from yesterday! They gotten so much better buoyancy in so short time (≧∀≦)

We did lots and lots of skill practice! They both cleared them all smoothly (*^▽^*)

For the second dive we swam over the coral garden in Nagura☆ It’s a shallow dive site that looks amazing when the sun is out, like an underwater fairy land☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆

We also met lots of different fishes♪ This big lionfish was hiding by a rock!

A batfish was circling above.

Congratulations to our newly certified divers・:*+.\(( °ω° ))/.:+
I hope you’ll have lots of fun dives from now on!

Carefree fun dives

A mild east wind as we departed today♪ blue sky and warm days in Ishigaki island(≧∀≦)
Today, we went for two fun dives☆ Upon request, we headed to Osaki to see the sleepy green turtles♡ This turtle had totally crashed on a sea fan Σ(‘◉⌓◉’)

We approached slowly and took lots of photos!!

We also saw garden eels♪Some of them have gotten quite used to divers (((o(*゚▽゚*)o)))

Below, a stickpipe fish☆

The anemone partner shrimps are still thriving in their little underwater forest (*´꒳`*)

Clown anemone fish♪

This seasnake had a big itch, scratch, scratch, scratch・・・(・_・;

In Nagura bay, we enjoyed the beautiful corals (≧∀≦)

The weather looks great for the next few days♪ Come dive with us!〜〜)^o^(

Finishing the advanced course and Fun Dives

Great weather in Ishigaki island today♪The wind has changed to the east but the waves are still high so we went diving in beautiful Osaki and Nagura Bay(≧∀≦) We finished the advanced open water course and went for fun dives☆

The corals were beautiful as always and lots of small fishes swam in and out of them♡

Green turtles in Osaki♪♪ Those two were sleeping head to buttσ(^_^;)

We also saw this crocodile fish(・Д・)

And some cleaner shrimps waiting for new fishy customers to show up♪

Today we’re off for fun dives! …of course, the wind is turning north again( ̄◇ ̄;)

Advanced course start

Nice weather but a little bit windy in Ishigaki island today(^_^;)
Today we had fun dives in the morning and started an advanced open water diver course in the afternoon♪
Below, magical coral garden in Nagura bay(*^▽^*)

The visibility in Osaki was better than expected! Perfect for wall diving☆

Of course, we also did lots of practice on the advanced course*\(^o^)/*
Compass navigation dive, check!♪

A Lionfish in the shallows! It was hovering above the corals and came into perfect light( ´ ▽ ` )

A spotted garden eel poking its head up above the sand♪♪

A flounder was hiding in the sand, or at least it was hidden until it movedσ(^_^;)

A stonefish♪ Only the eyes and mouth sticking up from the sand♪

We saw a pair of robust ghost pipefish too, they are really hard to capture on photo.

An anemone shrimp☆

We also saw this very big Japanese mantis shrimp(*^▽^*) It had dug a big hole for itself and didn’t move at all as we approached.

Looking forward to diving again tomorrow♪

Great dives in Osaki area

Sunny day in Ishigaki island☀ However, I can hear the wind howling again as I write this in the evening(;´・ω・)
We went for 3 fun dives today♪ First to Nagura area, the visibility was better than yesterday! The cabbage coral garden was doing well☆

We also saw lots of Ishigaki blue coral(*^▽^*)

Ishigaki blue coral

Photo time with the green sea turtles♪ I failed to include the head of the turtle in this one(/ω\)

An anemone shrimp.

A little arrow cleaner shrimp, this one wasn’t busy cleaning fishes at all. It just sat there looking relaxed. We all need time to do that ♪

A frost nudibranch showing off its gills♡

We suddenly ended up with a day off tomorrow! Time to rest and prepare for the upcoming Open Water Course(´・ω・`)