New Open Water Diver Certified☆

Happy New Year!
Our first divers this year, our first Open Water Course this year(≧▽≦)
The weather was nice and sunny, a bit cold but otherwise excellent condtions♪♪

Bit nervous before the first back-roll entry(・∀・)

After struggling a bit with equalizing we practiced lots of skills before enjoying swimming around☆☆
We took selfie with Tomato anemonefishes (≧▽≦)

Compass navigation♪ Straight arm and good angle☆☆

On the last day of diving, they swam skillfully over the beautiful coral reefs\(^o^)/
I hope they will continue diving and learning a lot more from now on☆

This shell live inside corals. It doesn’t look very special at first glance, but the colors are stunning close-up☆

A clownfish dashing in and out of an anemone♪ Another year with lots of new fun encounters to come(≧▽≦)

Cheerful Fun Dives☆

We are in the middle of December and winter is steadily coming to Ishigaki island☆
Today we went to Osaki and Nagura area for 3 fun dives♪♪ Both areas have slightly different corals, both equally beautiful(≧▽≦)
Now, it’s time for the corals that survived the summer heat to heal and recover☆

We saw so many Garden eels on the first dive. Slowly, slowly we approached them with our cameras♪

A neon red Tomato anemonefish(*^▽^*)

A Banded sea snake also showed up to get his portrait☆
I wanted to get a picture of it with the tongue out… but it’s so hard(;・∀・)

A Bubble coral shrimp was hiding, as usual, in a Bubble coral.

We also saw many different kinds of Nudibranches♪♪ I think the big one on top must have been munched on by fishes, I wonder if it can heal (;´・ω・)

Today, we found lots of different marine life. It was a fun day for both us and our divers☆☆

Another Happy Diving Day with Many Interesting Encounters☆

Today, we went out for three dives in Osaki and Nagura area(≧▽≦)

Visibility was on top and we found a pair of adult Ghost pipefish(^ω^) They were pretty deep, I hope they will come to more shallow water.

A Nudibranch made its way across the sandy bottom♪♪

A Ribbon eel also poked its head out fo the sand\(^o^)/
It has moved since I saw it last time… around 2 meters away☆

We also found an Orange spotted prawn goby. Don’t you think the eyes look like soccer balls?☆

This Leafy scorpionfish is always in the same place♪ The other day, a big stonefish was sitting right behind it so I worried that it would get eaten. But its still here (≧▽≦)

Close-up picture! Kind of ugly, kind of cute (;^ω^)

The Bubble coral shrimps were looking well today too ♪♪ I think they are getting along well with the Squat shrimps that are living in the same place.

Of course, we also saw lots of beautiful corals in Nagura♪ Floating over them feels like a dream☆

The weather is getting colder and colder, I’ll have to change to my winter wetsuit soon((+_+))

Fun Dives in Nagura and Osaki

Today we were off with three divers on the boat(≧▽≦)

A southwest wind was blowing so there was some swell in Oskai area, but we saw many small marine animals and lots of healthy corals☆☆
This season we have seen many Robust ghost pipefish♪ They are very small, but today we saw a pair of them\(^o^)/

We are also seeing more and more nudibranch. I wonder what different kinds we can spot this winter( *´艸`)

Two shrimps were hiding in a bubble coral♬♬ The top one is a Bubble coral shrimp, and the bottom one is a Squat shrimp.

A close up of an Anemonefish… looking pretty terrifying ( ゚Д゚)

Thank you for today’s dives and another good day at sea\(^o^)/

Discover Scuba Dives in Nagura bay☆

The ocean calmed down quickly after the storm\(^o^)/ A good day for diving in Ishigaki island☆
Today’s discover scuba diver came all the way from France♪♪ She had been diving five times already so she swam very well underwater from the start\(^o^)/

A baby anemone fish♪ So soothing for the heart♪

Photogenic red fancoral☆ Lots of small shrimps and crabs lives on it, it’s a fun treasure hunt(≧▽≦)

Lots of banded sea snakes can be found in Nagura bay, this charming one came up behind our diver(;^ω^) However, many people dislike snakes(/ω\)

All dive sites have many healthy beautiful corals♪♪

I hope the wind will continue to be gentle from now on…\(^o^)/