DJL instructor Meike has written a new article for the Blog! In the article she describes what it’s like to take part in a night dive. Night diving lets you experience the ocean environment in a completely different way. One of the great things about it is that you get to see marine life which usually hides away during daylight hours.
Night Dive and Swim with Fluorescent Plankton on Koh tao
Here’s a new thing for your bucket list when coming to Thailand. Why not try exploring the sea at night and seeing bioluminescent plankton – the famous sparkles of the sea!
Many people think that a night dive is just the same as diving during the day, except that its dark. But night dives are magical! The coral’s colors really come out nicely in your torches glow. At night you get to see so many things that you can’t see during the day.
Jump in when the sun sets and you will see the beautiful reflections and colors on the water. The coral reef is very busy at this time. Descending down to the dive site you will see all the daytime fish finding a place to sleep and night time fish awakening. Blue spotted sting rays come out at night and you will see them moving through the sand. Lucky divers may get to see one or maybe even two puffer fish crossing their way.
The unique thing about night diving however is the fluorescent plankton you can see in the water.
My favorite dive site for this is Hin Wong bay. It is a bit of an adventure to get there but it’s always a fun trip sitting on the back of the pickup truck, driving up and down the steep hills of the island.
Hin Wong bay is a really quiet area, with so few boats and very little light pollution the bioluminescence here is usually amazing! At the end of the dive point your torch onto your chest and wave your hands through the water in front of you. The tiny glowing specs of the plankton you will see are mezmerizing.
But that’s enough talking now, the best thing is to come and experience it yourself!
The night dive is part of our Advanced Open Water course which includes 5 awesome adventure dives. It only takes 2 days to finish the course, or you could even say 24 hours – completely suitable for you busy backpackers!
Ask for more details here at Davy Jones Locker!