South wind ends today! Calm sea and sunny sky

Thanks to the south wind it’s still warm and nice in Ishigaki Island(≧▽≦) Today, we departed from Kabira and went diving at Yonehara and Manta point♪

Sadly, the mantas didn’t show up today~~(゚Д゚;) First fail this year(;・∀・) On the other hand, we’ve been super lucky to get the chance to see them at all this early! And there was a big green sea turtle there to greet us♪

A small Scorpionfish blending into the background♪

We saw three of these flatworms today☆

Two big banded boxer shrimps were hanging out in a hole♪

A whip coral shrimp (≧▽≦)

The weather will be colder again from tomorrow(;´・ω・) We already prepared an moved the boat over to Sakieda, looking forward to diving in Osaki and Nagura again(*^▽^*)

Discover scuba dives with manta rays. In January!

The wind blows from the east and it almost feels like summer in Ishigaki island (≧▽≦) There was a little bit of swell but we could depart from Kabira beach and go diving at Yonehara and Manta point☆ Both of them have very beautiful coral gardens(*^▽^*) Below is Yonehara♪

And this is at Manta scramble☆ Lots of small table corals growing up\(^o^)/

Today’s guest did her first dives with us! I was surprised by her good buoyancy(≧▽≦) We all floated smoothly over the corals♪♪

Lots of sea goldies♪

We also saw a Manta ray at Manta scramble☆ This time we had to wait over 20min before it appeared, but then it stayed and circled around(*^▽^*)

It was still circling the cleaning station as we had to go up before our air ran out(;´・ω・)

The weather forecast looks good for tomorrow too(^O^) We’ll be diving in Kabira again☆

All I Want for Christmas is Manta Rays

It really feels like summer in Ishigaki island(≧▽≦) We went for three dives today☆ In the morning, we joined our friend’s boat for dives in Yonehara and at Manta point\(^o^)/ In the afternoon, we went diving in Osaki on the other side of the cape♪
The Manta rays were still in good form!!

Did I mention it was a very sunny day? (^O^)

In Osaki, we met the green sea turtles♪♪

It’s been a while since we got to float over the coral garden in Yonehara♪ So beautiful♡ I always look forward to diving here(*´▽`*)

At Manta scramble, we saw the manta rays! But also so many corals have been growing up.

This snake sliddered over the sand at Yonehara, there was quite a lot of them today☆ I think it has a cute face♪

What do you call a little shrimp on a whip coral? A whip coral shrimp♪♪

And below is an Anemone shrimp(;・∀・)

I hope we can have many more summery winter days like this, but I guess that might not be possible(;^ω^)

From Kabira to Osaki

Almost no wind in Ishigaki island today♪ But the swell traveling from the north is slowly getting higher(;・∀・) So today dived at Yonehara, Manta point, and Osaki and parked the boat at Sakieda(≧▽≦)
We saw a Manta ray at Manta scramble today too, it was small and swam by not minding us at all(;^ω^)

We saw as many as five turtles in Osaki☆☆ All of them were relaxing on the reef\(^o^)/

The water temperature has gone down and is now a very comfortable 27°C, I wish it could stay like this the whole winter! But I guess it will keep getting colder(;^ω^)

A grumpy looking Stonefish♪

A tiny Whip coral shrimp♡

This little Bubble coral shrimp has grown a lot this summer, I hope it will continue staying here for a long time(≧▽≦)

We also saw an Anemone shrimp♪

A typhoon has formed in the pacific but it doesn’t look like it will hit Ishigaki. However, the wind is turning north again(;´・ω・) Well, well… looking forward to diving in Osaki and Nagura again!

Fun Dives on a Sunny Day

The north wind was cooling and the waves were still small enough that we could depart from Kabira bay, Ishigaki island(≧▽≦) Today, we went for 3 dives at Yonehara and Manta point☆ The visibility in Yonehara was good and the coral garden was teeming small colorful fishes☆☆

At Manta scramble, a Manta swam by on the way to the cleaning station. We hoped it would stay a bit longer but it continued it’s journey somewhere else, however, we got a close good look at it(≧▽≦)

We also saw a Green turtle sleeping on a soft coral bed(*^▽^*)

A Crocodile fish♪It didn’t move at all(;^ω^)

A tiny Nudibranch(^O^)

Tomorrow we’re going diving in Ishigaki again☆ The wind will change to the north so we’ll have to move to Sakieda soon(;´・ω・)