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Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble
Kabira Bay is the most prominent sightseeing spot of Ishigaki island. Off the northeastern shore is a well-known diving site called Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, known for its high probability in encountering manta rays. Here, several cleaner wrasses that remove unwanted parasites attached to the bodies of other sea creatures gather around the bommies near the bottom of the sea, which is the reason why large numbers of manta rays appear often to get cleaned up. The ease of diving for beginners here makes it an attractive spot. However, it is necessary to abide by the rules since many divers gather here.
With the clarity of fresh water, you can peek into the waters here and observe carols as deep as 15 meters below. Apart from corals, you can also enjoy several such living things as fan corals and sea goldie, which makes this place an attractive diving site. With plentiful clownfish swimming among the coral reefs, this spot is also recommended for fish watching. If you’re lucky, you can even encounter large migratory fish giving each dive something exciting to look forward to.
Located on Yabiji, this diving site is also known as Miyakojima’s “phantom continent” with small crevasses and arches on the reef edge. The fascinating sight of peach fairy basslet and sea goldie dancing wildly through the racks of corals is one of the charms of this area. Further, if you go for the first dive early morning, you can expect to encounter green sea turtles, and even dogtooth tuna.
The rocky surface on the coast has two ponds, below which lead to the open sea. Passing through a giant tunnel from the outer sea would lead you to the first pond, which is a large open space near the sea, and through which, you can pass through to the second pond. On the pond surface is brackish water due to rainfall, creating a chemocline that presents a magical view. This is an emblematic and popular diving site that reminds one of a microcosm during surfacing.
Diving into the approximately 99-square-meter large space, into the dim, complex underseascape opens you to a mysterious pit where light and shadow magically interweave. The demon-like silhouette of the pit gave this place its name.
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