Jameie’s Journal September 25, 2009.
Fish of the day: Batfish
Special, special, special: White tip reef shark.
Today Arcadia went out for three dives with 7 customers and 3 staff. Weather was mostly sunny with some northeast wind. Water temperature seems to be holding at 27 degrees, and i think i was feeling some thermoclines today. First dive was in Ibaruma and second, third were in Yonehara.
Dive 1, Hanna die no nee. Maximum depth, 23 meters. Dive time, 50 minutes. Visiblility, shallow 20 meters and deeper 15 meters. This dive site was at it’s best moment today with something to see each way the head turns. The top of the pinnacle was an aqarium of colour with basslets, damsels, surgeons, angels… As we moved deeper on the north side the activity was exploding, on the reef were batfish, snapper, groupers and looking into the blue there were emperors, trevally, fusiliers and the white tip reef shark. We travelled west and then south into the reef and came across many of the usual suspects and a sweet ocotupus couple mating (very beautiful, changing colours and dancing). A high quaility dive, i would say one of the best i’ve had in Ishigaki.
Dive 2, Yonehara west. Maximum depth, 8 meters. Dive time, 55 minutes. Visibility, 15 plus meters. No current and beautiful coral everywhere. Typical Ishigake north hard coral and many reef life. At this place it is lovely to just stop and watch the activity, like watching a movie. In the blue there was a school of bait fish, looks like fireworks all sparkly.
Dive 3, Yonehara beautiful. Maximum depth, 8 meters. Dive time, 57 minutes. Visibility, 10 meters at best. Wow! Macro everything at this dive site. The visibility was low, i believe because the surface wind picked up, so not much to see of the larger marine life. Nice to keep focused on the reef, crabs, shrimps, gnudi branch, featherstars, anemone fish….
A fine day of diving, thank you Ishigaki!!