Newly certified diver

Another hot day in Ishigaki island(≧▽≦) It’s nice to be underwater♪♪ I wish the water temperature hadn’t gone up quite so much(´・ω・`) Below, a sleepy green sea turtle♡

Lots of corals in Yamabare♪♪

A brown banded pipe fish☆

We found some nudibranch too!

The open water course finished today\(^o^)/ Our student went for an extra dive in the afternoon to celebrate☆ we went to this beautiful landscape site. So many glass fishes glittering like silver in the light☆☆

Inside the swim-through☆

Inside one of the darkest points at the swim-throughs(*^▽^*)

Tomorrow we’ll do some discover scuba dives♪♪ Looking forward to another day at sea\(^o^)/

Manta season isn’t starting very well…

A very hot and sunny☀ Ishigaki island (≧▽≦) We had an open water student doing his first ocean dives today(・`д・´) Four happy certified divers also joined☆

At Yonehara, we swam over the corals with all the little fishes♪♪

A clown anemonefish♡ It swam cheerfully in and out of the anemone.

However, no manta rays (/ω\) I always descend with high hopes of them appearing but they keep disappointing recently (;´・ω・) But we won’t give up, besides, the landscape is quite spectacular!

We’re continuing the open water course tomorrow and we also have fun divers joining♪I wonder what kind of critters we’ll meet\(^o^)/

New Open Water Divers Certified!

The north wind blows strong over Ishigaki island(;´・ω・) So we departed from Sakieda beach to our wintertime dive sites(≧▽≦)
Today was the last day of the Open water course! We’ve been practicing a lot and also had a lot of fun☆

Bouyancy looking good♪♪ Between practice we swam over the corals☆

Lots of small Blue-green Damselfishes(*^▽^*) We will visit this point a lot when winter comes, looking forward to it!

Last season, a big Bubble coral shrimp lived in this bubble coral but it’s not there anymore(;´・ω・) However, I’m looking forward to seeing this new little fellow many more times(;・∀・)

Congratulations to our students for completing the Open water course\(^o^)/
I hope you will enjoy many more dives from now on♪♪

Open Water Diver Course and Fun Dives

The north wind is getting stronger but the weather is still sunny and warm in Ishigaki island(≧▽≦) Today was the second day of Open Water Course! It was hard but we made it♪♪ We also had two fun divers joining us for dives in Osaki and Nagura area☆ Corals were looking good(*^▽^*)

Blue corals in the shallow part of the reef☆

An unexpected visitor showed up♪ It’s not the season for the Giant cuttlefishes yet but, with a bit of luck, it’s possible to see them now too\(^o^)/

A Robust ghost pipefish mimicking a leaf☆

An Anemone shrimp♪

We also saw this tiny Anemone partner shrimp☆

Tomorrow we’re finishing the third and last day of the Open Water Course(≧▽≦)

End of May Open Water Course

Ishigaki still has rainy season weather, but we got some sun too during the Open Water Course(≧▽≦)
We had three students joining us from the Neatherlands♪♪ From the first day at the beach, they all did very well during the course☆

Great visibility in Yonehara(^o^)/ We stopped to take a group picture♪

Practicing compass skills(/・ω・)/

Unfortunatley, the manta rays didn’t want to show up for the course this time(;´・ω・)

But we met many other friendly sea creatures, like this Clown anemonefish♪

And a Banded seasnake swimming righ at us!(;^ω^)

3 new divers got certified today(≧▽≦) Congratulations!!! I hope they will enjoy many more dives from now on♪