When you have familiarised yourself with the life under the water, you will be seeking for more. More critters, more drift, more challenges, more mystery. Night diving is a popular option for someone who want experience different perspective from a familiar site they’ve been visiting during the daylight. Diving in the night is like revealing a whole new world once again. Everything feels different once the sun sets. The ocean is changing its residence. Marine animals you see during the daylight go into their hiding, while many different crabs, lobsters, and other crustacean show up at night. The darkness of the night also made a perfect environment to see the wonderful bioluminescence phenomenon, made by luminous plankton. Planning a night scuba diving adventure is one of the most exciting thing you can do in Bali, and here’s how.
Choose scuba diving spot in Bali for night adventure
Before you go, it’s best to take a closer look at various scuba diving site in Bali for night adventure. Basically, almost all dive sites are suitable for night dive. But some site do offers more life that would make the dive feel more rewarding, which is perfect for someone who are about to have their first scuba diving adventure in Bali at night. Our recommendations are the Menjangan, Close Encounters reef at Pemuteran, the Liberty Shipwreck at Tulamben, and Nusa Dua Point.
Plan a dive on the same site during the day
If you have never dive at the site before, we highly recommend you to dive at the same spot during the day. You can skip this step if you have. Knowing the dive site during the day help you to mark places and orient yourself during the actual night dive. Knowledge of the site is useful to map out your exploration and plan it accordingly. Experiencing the dive site during the day also give you a change of perspective when the night dive come, allowing comparisons to occur.
Familiarise yourself with the coral reefs
The mapping process during the day dive doesn’t only help you with direction planning, but also gives you better configuration of the coral reefs. It’s important to be careful around corals during dives, moreover at night when it’s difficult to see. You don’t want your scuba diving adventure in Bali cause negative impact to the underwater world.
Take a dive buddy with you
Perhaps you have done a number of solo diving before. However, going solo on a night adventure is not a wise decision. It’s for the safety of the scuba diving itself! Make sure your dive buddy is someone with more night dive experience than you. Always stay insight and practice the safety procedure, which bring us to the next point…
Practice night scuba diving signals for save adventure in Bali
Hand signals don’t do really well around the darkness of the sea. On night dives, dive light do better job for communication between divers. Shines the light to your hand as you are giving signals, but never shine the light in your buddy’s face. Nobody likes to get sudden blinded by lights!
Start at dusk
Moments before the sun sets is actually the best time to conduct night dives. Descend to the water during the twilight to have better adjustment to the darkness until the night falls.
Take sometime to dim/ turn your lights off
Sometimes, you need to turn off the lights to really appreciate the night life at the sea. Turn off the light and wave your hands in the water. You will see the ripples beautifully glow in blue—result from the bioluminescent planktons. Remember, prior agreement with your buddy is very important before carrying this act.
That’s it! We hope you have a very wonderful night adventure!