Night Dives

Night Dive Nungwi Zanzibar
 
“The suns going down. We’re standing excitedly on the beach with our torches on. We wade slowly into the calm water and make our way to a nice spot were we descend into around 3-4m. There’s still light but it’s fading slowly away into night and I already begin to see how different a night dive is going to be.

We start to swim and strait away we are greeted by more than 100 little silver fish attracted by our lights. As we swim down the bank they lose interest and swim off out of view.

We are down to about 5m now and already I start to notice how colorful the corals really are when lit up by our torches. The guide signals us to look between the corals and I see something red moving around. I take a closer look and suddenly an octopus springs out from the corals and swims gracefully off into the distance. As he swims off something else comes into view, a family of squid displaying all their bio luminescent colors. They seem curious and float effortlessly beside us until all of a sudden with a single burst they disappear into the darkness.

Next we find a Moray Eel, not tucked into the rock like normal but swimming out and about uninterested in our presence. All in all we see at least 5 different types of Moray, each one very different from the last.

As we go a little deeper to around 10m we spot something on the rock that looks like a really colorful slug, orange, gold and white. I am later told that it’s a Nudibranch, one of more than 3000 different types. A wonderful creature!

As we move on we see many different shrimps, crabs, sting rays, frog fish, cuttlefish etc. All creature that you don’t normally see out and about during the daylight hours.

Then I suddenly spot a pair of wings on the floor. On closer inspection I see It’s a fish, a flying gurnard apparently. As we get closer it decides to glide off over the bank leaving us wondering in amazement.

The guide has one last surprise for us. We stop, go down on the sand where we are instructed to turn off our lights. One by one the light go out. Suddenly our guide starts to move his hand rapidly through the water and to our surprise hundreds of little planktons start to illuminate in front of our eyes. We sit there for a few minutes all thrashing around enjoying the amazing light show until it’s time to go up.

On our way up we meet the famous Spanish Dancer gracefully dancing it’s way through the water on it’s way to who knows where! It swims off beyond the reach of our dive lights and we make our way slowly to the surface and end an unforgettable experience.

One thing I did notice is how long the air seemed to last at night. I can only guess it’s due to the calm relaxing nature of a night dive”

 

Beginner Night Divers

So why not try a Night Dive? It’s not as scary as it sounds. As long as you’re a comfortable diver during the daylight, there is no reason why should have any problems during the night. It’s an amazing experience and you will find creatures that you just don’t see during the day time.

The dive itself will begin at dusk, that will give you time to get used to the light disappearing. Once the night sets in, all the fantastic colorful creatures start to make an appearance.

If your only an open water diver we will ask you to read the short “night diver” section from the “PADI adventures in diving” book and complete a small knowledge review. You will then be accompanied in the water by a PADI instructor or higher.

So really you have nothing to worry about and you will open up a whole new area of diving.

Experienced Night Divers

For all you experienced night divers. The dive will also begin at dusk. The maximum depth is around 12m and the groups are never larger than 4 people. You will always be accompanied by an experienced night dive guide.

We have a large variety of creatures right here on our home reef, including Spanish Dancers, Nudibranchs, Flatworms, Guitar Rays, Cuttlefish, Octopus, Frog Fish, Moray Eels, Shrimps, Squid and many many more.

There is something here for everyone to enjoy.

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