It may sound scary but diving at night is an extraordinary and unforgettable experience. Many animals you seek in vain during the day are active at night when you least expect them. For example, sharks love to hunt at night, mantles and corals in a variety of colors. Many diving locations around the world become very attractive once the sun goes down. As a diver, you miss half of the beautiful sea scenes if you only dive during the day. That’s why we want to present to you 7 great places for night diving.
Kona in Hawaii is the perfect place for night diving and to meet mantas. On its shores, there are specially illuminated areas that attract plankton which thornback rays feed on. The best time of the year to visit Kona, Hawaii and dive here is from April to October.
Maaya Thila, Maldives
Maaya Thila at the Maldives Ari Atoll from December to May is an ideal place to meet white sharks. The top of the ridge at this location is already six meters deep. Making it an ideal location for less experienced divers. And many rye and barracudas can be seen here both day and night.
Tobia Arbaa, Egypt
Tobia Arbaa in Egypt’s Safaga from March to May and from September to November is filled with various forms of life. At this location, you can find seven reefs that are crowded with octopus, leopard sharks and lionfish at night. The rocks are full of bulges and arches where these critters hide during the day. But at night they hunt and stage real shows for divers.
Bonaire Marine Park, Caribbean Netherlands
Bonaire Marine Park offers a fluorescent amusement park all year long. When diving with UV lamps and masks with special filters, you will be able to enjoy the new neon diving concept. Shrimps, eels, corals, and snails will reflect light in neon pink, green and purple. If you are not in the Caribbean, you can try this night diving concept in Indonesia, Thailand and the Maldives.
Lembeh Strait, Indonesia
Lembeh Strait in Indonesia is best visited from March to October. This location is home to many strange but just as amazing animals. From bobtail squid to millions of snails, the variety of small creatures is incredible. Especially at the Nudi Falls location where the night dive is one of the best in the world. Here you will find rocky corals as well as sandy bottoms. At night you will witness incredible games of the blue-ringed octopus, cuttlefish, snails, Pygmy seahorse, and various other small creatures.
SS President Coolidge in Vanuatu Santo
The SS Coolidge in Vanuatu Santo hides countless sharks, eels, turtles, barracuda and “fish with a lamp” (Anomalopidae) from April to October. This location is considered as the greatest wreck diving site in the world by many scuba divers. You will surely remember this dive on the wreck all your life. Just imagine this lush nightlife combined with the wreck – little scary but great place for night diving, right? Read our guide for safe wreck diving here.
Tahiti and Magical Moorea Islands in French Polynesia
The islands of Tahiti and Moorea in French Polynesia is a great place for night diving. With full of bioluminescent organisms from March to November. This dive site is for the braver divers. But those who dare to dive into complete darkness will be amazed.
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