Let’s play! The sea is still calm

A north wind is blowing over Ishigaki island so we went diving in Osaki and Nagura area(≧▽≦)
Today, we had two families on the boat☆ Discover scuba dives, fun dives and snorkeling♪

In Osaki, we saw a giant gcuttlefish(*´▽`*)

Discover scuba dives☆ They had both dived before and kept very good buoyancy(/・ω・)/

Snorkeling team spotted on the surface!☆

Lots of corals in Nagura bay♡

Countless small fishes were hiding inside the corals(≧▽≦)

Clown anemone fish♪

Looking forward to diving in Osaki area tomorrow again☆☆

Advanced course & snorkeling

Flat sea today☆ If it wasn’t for covid-19 it would be a perfect day in Ishigaki island(≧▽≦) We started an advanced open water diver course today♪♪ and we also had one snorkeler onboard♪

Two good friends! One diver, one snorkeler\(^o^)/ We went out to Yonehara, Manta point and Yamabare.

Snorkeling among the corals and all the small fishes glittering under the sunlight(・ω・ノ)ノ

The water temperature has gone a bit after the last typhoon passed, but the summer isn’t over yet(`・ω・´) right now it looks like another low pressure in the south might turn into a typhoon… (;´・ω・)

A green sea turtle♡ We saw it very well from above when snorkeling☆☆

And underwater we got even closer! After coming up for air, the turtle went straight back to the same spot to continue the afternoon nap(;・∀・)

An anemone fish directing the traffic but they pointed to the deep area so I decided to ignore them(゚Д゚;)

An anemone shrimp in it’s anemone☆

Tomorrow we’ll do the second and last day of the advanced open water course♪Looking forward to it (≧▽≦)

The Ocean went Rough Overnight! But we saw the Manta Rays☆

Yesterday, the ocean was flat like a mirror…. today we went over high swell in Ishigaki island(; ・`д・´)

The wind is still not that strong, but the swell from far up north travel all the way here(/ω\)
However, we still went out for fun dives, discover scuba dives and snorkeling☆

At the beach, we went through how to use the equipment! The swell didn’t reach here so it was calm as usual☆☆

Yonehara was also sheltered♪ Visibility was great today☆☆
And the corals were looking good♪♪ We saw a turtle swimming in the distance, swam with the fishes and the time was up just like that(;^ω^)

Our first time discover scuba diver also had a good time discovering the underwater world(≧▽≦)

For 2nd dive we went to Manta point! The swell was high and visibility had gone down, but since it might be one of the last days we can go here so of course we took the chance!

We saw 3 Manta rays today\(^o^)/ You could see them wobbling in the swell underwater too(;・∀・)

We also saw many other fishes☆ Like this Lionfish♪♪ It was hiding under a rock and, as we approached, slowly swam on top♪

A Squat shrimp shaking its little tail♪♪ They were flocking on the edge of an Anemone♪

We’re expecting the same swell tomorrow…(;´・ω・) I hope we can go out to Manta point again!

So Many Manta Rays Today!!!

The ocean was totally flat in Ishigaki island today☆
We went out with a team of certified divers, non-certified divers, snorkelers and a passenger. Everybody saw the Manta rays♪

But first, warm up in Yonehara coral garden(≧▽≦) So many colorful fishes☆

The coral field♪♪ Schools of Blue-green damsel fishes and Sea goldies\(^o^)/

Second point, Manta scramble☆
From the moment we went into the water until it was time to go up, we met so many Manta rays(≧▽≦) There was so many of them it was hard to know where to look(;・∀・)

Short Scuba video of the Manta here↓↓↓↓↓

Short Snorkeling video of the Manta!

And this is our boat seen from below the surface, the light and visibility was spectacular today☆

I hope we can have another day like this tomorrow!

Fun Dives, Discover Scuba Dives and Snorkeling☆

The swell left from the passing typhoon has gone down a lot, now a strong south wind is blowing in Ishigaki island☆

We went diving in Kabira area at Yonehara and Manta Point with a group of smiling divers♪♪♪
A Swedish family joined us on the boat today☆ The youngsters went on their first scuba dives with us♪ They were both very good swimmers(/・ω・) It’s hard to believe it was their first dives ever!☆

Our snorkeling team swam above the corals and saw many different tropical reef fishes☆

Floating over the coral field of Yonehara☆ I wonder if our first-time divers will go for their licenses soon(≧▽≦)

The Sea goldies swam in small glimmering schools above the bommies♪ It’s so calming to watch them(;^ω^)

Today we saw two Manta rays at manta point! However, our discover scuba team was
unfortunately out of the water already and missed them(/ω\)
The Mantas swam by quickly, but all our fun divers and snorkelers got to see them(*^▽^*)

In Yonehara, I found this big Banded boxer shrimp. Don’t you think it looks kind of like a rabbit from the front?\(^o^)/

Look at this closeup, does anybody else see the rabbit face…?(;・∀・)

Tomorrow, we’re starting an Open Water Course☆ It’s gonna be so much fun♪
We also have fun dives to look forward to, I will not join them but I hope they will have a good time(;^ω^)