2 August 2018 Weather:Sunny & Cloudy Air Temp:29℃ Seawater Temp:29.8℃ Wind:WSW
Today started as a windy day with big waves expected coming from the typhoon up north from Okinawa, so knowing that our options were limited today due to weather, we went for 2 very nice dives the best protected from the waves, as a first dive we ventured to Saba Offing, and went for a second dive at Twin Hole.
【Dive1 Saba Offing】
After the harsh trip navigating the waves, we jumped into the water a group of 3 American girls actually living in Kyoto, and one English man actually living in Fukuoka. Under water the conditions were very good, no big current, pretty good visibility and many many fish, at first we saw some pink anemone fish, and after swimming a bit more to the outside part of the first big rock, we stumbled upon a big remora that kept approaching and going away as if it was testing us. On that same area we could see a big bank of goldlined sea bream staying still on a small current, a little bit further we saw some more anemone fish, and we played with a sea cucumber before going back to the boat after a 50 minutes dive.
【Dive2 Twin Hole】
After the first dive, the trip to the second site was fairly easy as we were now following the waves, once at the dive site we headed towards the cave entrance following a very shallow area to realise as the conditions were announcing that the cave was not possible to enter today as the waves kept smashing the entry hole. We kept a little bit and we found an anemone with some clown anemone fish, and a bit further following a ridge on another anemone we could see some pacific clown anemone shrimps. Following the ridge we went deeper and deeper until we found some cavities were we could see a very big Giant Moray hiding on the rocks. Coming back from the depths, we followed a rocky wall stumbling on some nudibranchs and hiding inside a rock a huge Crown of Thornes Starfish before arriving back to the boat after a 48 minutes dive amazing dive.
22 July 2018 Weather:Sunny & Cloudy Air Temp:30℃ Seawater Temp:29.6℃ Wind:SSE
After yesterday’s typhoon, today started with very light wind, no signs of rain and good temperature, for the first time in a week we headed towards Irabu island with our Hungarian guest, as a first dive we dove double arch to warm up a little bit, and then we went to twin hole where it started to rain as we were diving and until we came back to mainland.
【Dive1 Double Arch】
The dive started quickly and even if our guest last time diving was 5 years ago everything went very easy, we headed towards the deepest part of the dive before going into the crack that leads us to the first arch. There we could enjoy a couple of big angelfish dancing in front of us, and after taking some pictures with the arch we entered the cave. Inside the cave we found a big group of red soldierfish and we took some good pictures playing with the entrance light. Outside the cave we found the second arch, a heartshaped arch, and looking closely we could see a very big lionfish. Finally we went to a shallower area enjoying many of the typical Miyako fish before coming back to the boat on a 50 minute dive, good job!
【Dive2 Twin Hole】
On the second dive we moved straight to the cave called twin hole, where we could watch the inside ceiling and the blue entrance light that gives it it’s second name “blue hole”. There we met our other Japanese guests that were snorkeling, and after heading out we swam to the deepest wall to get back to the boat, we got down to 17/18 meters and found a huge octopus trying to change of colour in a desperate move to hide from us, or maybe frighten us. After taking some pictures we kept going watching the amazing shapes the coral takes at this point and finding a cute family of clown anemone fish. Finally coming back to the boat we enjoyed playing with some bubble rings before finishing our 55 minute dive.
3 June 2018 Weather:Cloudy Air Temp:26℃ Seawater Temp:25.4℃ Wind:ESE
The day started cloudy and we could see rain on the horizon, but hoping for the best we headed to the boat to start the diving day, 2 dives today, one in the morning with a couple of Open Water Divers with whom we visited the White Road, and another on the evening for an introductory diving at Nakanoshima Channel.
【Dive1 White Road】
Luckily avoiding the rain, we set course to Shimoji Island with a couple of Open Water, after stopping at the White Road area, we met under the boat and started swimming following a big wall, after a while we headed back to follow the White Road finding an anemone with a family of Crack’s anemone fishes and finally visiting a small entrance of a cave. Getting back we didn’t have the same luck and we caught some rain, luckily we were already wet!
【Dive2 Nakanoshima Channel】
For the second dive of the day we started with big rain, just to lose it when we start heading to the Nakanoshima Channel. We start the Introductory diving with our 2 brave Japanese couple and after explaining the basics we start a tour around the channels where they could appreciate the beauty of the hidden undersea world. We visited the channels, passing under arcs, visiting rock formations, finding a family of the famous Anemone Clown Fish, and we took many many pictures to remember the day! After the dive we enjoyed some extra time snorkeling around observing peacefully the hard corals and swarms of fishes dancing around us. After that exciting day we head back to the port with more than a smile onboard.
2 June 2018 Weather:Cloudy Air Temp:26℃ Seawater Temp:25.4℃ Wind:E
Starting early in the morning, with 2 dives planned for the day with our experienced guest from Okinawa, we decided to go to Antonio Gaudi and to Marine Lake.
【Dive1 Antonio Gaudi】
As a first dive we chose the Antonio Gaudi dive site as a request from the guest, after getting in the water we swam across the natural channels easily until we found the astonishing cave that we call “Antonio Gaudi”. The reason of the name is understood instantly, though not being a huge cave, it has many arch and windows that resembles the crazy and amazing architecture of the Catalan artist Antonio Gaudi. Entering from the lower part we visit all the cavities playing with it as we ascend and exit it through the top window, on the top part we can see a heart shape arch. Exiting from the top we start the return to the boat zone while playing with strong currents that changed direction all the time. Right under the boat we take our time to explore the “white road”, a canal with a pebble bed that grants it the name, exploring that part we are able to see a huge hidden giant moray and a much smaller whitemouth moray before heading back to the boat.
【Dive2 Marine Lake】
After a much needed break after the dive with strong currents, we head to the next dive site “Marine Lake”. We jump into the water and head towards the entrance of the cave. We navigate the narrow cave, finding a couple rooms with natural light, and we follow until finding the pond, a much smaller pond than Tori pond, but very beautiful, even with many seaweed hanging from the surface to the bottom, as the visibility was quite good the spectacle was amazing. After resting at the pond for some time, we head back, only to spot at one of the openings we saw before, a group of blotcheye soldierfish swimming peacefully in perfect harmony with the light effect coming from the surface, that image froze us for some minutes where we could do nothing more than stay still observing. After that spectacle we headed back towards the boat to end an amazing diving day.
1 June 2018 Weather:Cloudy Air Temp:28℃ Seawater Temp:24.8℃ Wind:NE→ENE
On a late start today we dove at Devil’s Palace and Tori pond, after a short trip by boat of 30 minutes, we entered the water around noon, and had an amazing experience.
【Dive1 Devil’s Palace】
With today’s guest, a very experienced diver coming from Naha, as a first dive we went to Devil’s Palace. In there we we’re amazed by the narrow caves leading to some much larger chambers with natural light coming from the top where we could appreciate the reason behind the name of the spot, as these chambers are filled with coral remains and empty shells creating an amazing view. We visited the 2 different caves there are, having each one of the their own special characteristics. During the time outside the caves we managed to see a couple of very big dogtooth tuna and some long legged spiny lobsters.
【Dive2 Tori Pond】
As for the second dive we headed to the impressive Tori Pond, the sea was a bit rough at the dive spot, but good enough. We headed down to 20m depth just to see appearing in front of us the huge arc that works as door to the first pond, at the same time a group of 5 or 6 smaller dogtooth tuna passed by. Only by getting near you realize the size of it, around 20m from the tp of the arc to the sandy ground floor, and with a dim turquoise dimmed light coming from the other end the effect was almost religious. Going in we crossed a majestic sea snake leaving the pond. Once at the other side we surfaced to admire the texture and visibility changes of the river water mixing with the sea water. After the break with some salutation exchanges with some tourists visiting the pond on the surface we headed back being followed by a blue spotted sting ray. In the middle of the arc we took our time and landed on the ground to better appreciate the magnitude of it and then headed back to the boat following the wall.