We found a calm spot

Another day with strong wind in Ishigaki island(;´・ω・) We went for three dives, two in Yamabare and one in Yonehara(≧▽≦) We saw a HUGE turtle on the last dive!!It’s hard to tell by the photo, but this one was really big!

We swam over lots of corals♪Just looking at them will make your heart lighter~☆

Around this season, we can see big schools of small baby fishes♡ It’s fascinating to see the school moving as they try to escape the big fish chasing them (;・∀・)

A square-spot anthias♪

Two banded pipe fishes(≧▽≦)

An anemone crab sitting on the edge of the coral catching food\(゜ロ\)(/ロ゜)/

On the rocks, the electric clams reflected the light right back as I shone the torch on them.

A Nudibranch on the go!

Four flatworms on the same coral! I wonder what brought about this gathering(;・∀・)

I hope the wind will be calmer tomorrow, looking forward to diving♪♪

Windy above, calm below

The south wind continues to blow strong over Ishigaki Island(;´・ω・)
I met today’s for the first time when I was working in Thailand many years ago(≧▽≦) Today, we had some relaxing dives together♪♪

Schools of fish at Yonehara☆☆

Look how many of them are swimming around this big bommie♪♪

A Leafy scorpionfish, we saw two of them in different colors today(*´▽`*)

A tiny Lionfish fry♪

We also saw this beautiful adult lionfish\(^o^)/

No manta rays at Manta scramble today again, I wonder where they have gone (´-ω-`) But we did se two big green sea turtles having a nap on the reef, one of them quickly swam away as we got closer(/ω\) Sorry for disturbing(;^ω^) The other one didn’t mind and continued to sleep peacefully

I also took a video of these clown anemonefishes(*´▽`*)

Tomorrow we’ll go diving again☆ I wish the wind would calm down(;・∀・)

Long-awaited arrival

Another hot and sunny day in Ishigaki island\(^o^)/ Today, we went out for fun dives at Yonehara, Yamabare and Manta point☆☆
The manta rays haven’t been showing up as regular as usual this year, but went out to Manta scramble to try our luck!

We swam around and looked for them at a couple of cleaning stations. Just when I was about to give up, a manta ray appeared(≧▽≦) I wish it had stayed longer and not been in such a rush to swim away into the blue(/ω\) This is the best photo I got(;・∀・)

The corals in Ishigaki island are slowly recovering in a lot of places, the photo below is from Manta scramble. So many new table corals growing up♡ It makes me so happy to see! So hard to anchor in the right place(;^ω^)

We also saw some macro♪♪ Below, an ornate ghostpipefish☆

A leafy scorpionfish(゚Д゚;)

Lots of small fishes schooling around a coral bommie♪Right now might be the best season to dive at Yonehara(*´▽`*)

So many new reported cases of COVID-19 recently in Tokyo. Let’s all do our best to stop the spread!

Fun Dives!

A gentle wind and both surface and water temperature were just right in Ishigaki island today(≧▽≦) We were very happy to have a guest on the boat today♪♪ He just finished his open water so equipment setup was perfect☆ We went out for 3 dives\(^o^)/

We departed for manta point with high expectations but no manta rays there today(/ω\) I hope we can meet them again soon(;^ω^) The corals at Yonehara were very beautiful♪♪ Lots of small fishes swam around us☆

Sadly, the visibility at Arakawa wasn’t the best (;´・ω・) Maybe we’ll need to wait for a typhoon to clear this silt up after the rainy season(;・∀・)

A leafy scropionfish♪

Tiny bubble coral shrimp (*´▽`*)

And colorful nudibranchs (*´▽`*)

Ishigaki’s summer season has just started!!! I hope we can go diving a lot more soon.

First dives after COVID-19 emergency declaration lifted

We went out for diving with guests for the first time in forever today!
So grateful to the two divers that decided to come down and visit Ishigaki Island and dive with us. We went for fun dives in Yonehara and at Manta scramble.
Because of the heavy rain accompanied by rumbling thunder yesterday, the visibility wasn’t on top but it was still very beautiful. The corals at Yonehara never disappoint. \(^o^)/

Lots of Sea Goldies swimming on top of the rocks(*´▽`*) The colors are amazing, especially at the shallower parts of the reef♪♪

Two Giant moray eels hiding in the same hole (;^ω^)

Of course, we also went to Manta point! First we did a dive at Manta Scramble and then at Manta City(≧▽≦) but despite high expectations, the manta rays didn’t show up(/ω\) double punch((+_+)) At least the green sea turtles were there to greet us☆

I felt disappointed that the manta rays didn’t show up today, but we still had some great dives enjoying the landscape. I hope they will show up the next time! The season has just started, looking forward to go diving again♪