Night Diving on the Akamas coastline
During a night dive, everything feels so intense and more concentrated yet at the same time a lot more fun.
On clear nights, you can nevertheless make out your general surroundings by the glow of the Moon. Using one of our professional dive torches, you become instantly aware of the surrounding topography, and your concentration deepens. Night dives tend to take place in shallower water than diving during the day. However, for people with more experience; or those undergoing training, you can go deeper. Moreover, we can arrange some phenomenal Wreck Dives.
The Zenobia is the Number one dive site in Cyprus and rated among the top 10 wreck dives in the world! She’s a 172m long Swedish roll-on roll-off ferry that sank on her maiden voyage from Sweden to Syria. She started to list off the coast of Cyprus due to a problem with the ballast tanks. Read More HERE
Here you will witness many fish and other critters you see during the day hiding in rocky crevasses for protection. And, some of the larger animals often just sleep in the pebble seabed, which makes for some fascinating photographs.
Including; Mediterranean Moray eels, Cuttlefish, Squid, Octopus, Sea slugs, Sea Cumbers, Squid, Slipper Lobsters, the occasional Ray, and in the summer months, Turtles. These beautiful creatures that visit the Akamas Coastline to mate make their nests on local beaches.
Block the light from your torch and wave your arms around to marvel at the wondrous Bioluminescence. The colours vary, but in general, we get Red, Neon Blue and Yellow. (To me it still looks like someone has opened a bag glitter and just mixed it around me). Take one of our Intova Cameras and using your torch, you can get some unbelievable pictures.
Or you can take the PADI Night Diver speciality course. For anyone interested in Photography, we teach the PADI Digital Underwater Photography course; both of these counts towards your PADI Master Scuba Diver Qualification.
A Story by – DAVID STANGROOM
I used to work on the cruise ships and was asked if I wanted to complete my Open Water diving course in St. Croix. From my first dive with Eagle rays and Nursing sharks, it was just……wow. So 4 years ago I decided I wanted to become an instructor and have never looked back! I’m now a PADI IDC Staff Instructor and a sailing instructor.
Scuba diving at night teaches you to focus on what you can see in your light’s beam, on controlling your buoyancy by feel, on staying with your buddy and on paying attention to the things that you may overlook during the day. The underwater world changes as daytime creatures retire and nocturnal organisms emerge. If you’re wondering what happens after the sun goes down, enrol in the PADI Night Diver Specialty course.
The thought of dipping below the surface at night seems somewhat mysterious, yet alluring.
Although you’ve been scuba diving at a site many times before, at nighttime, you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light. PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers or higher, who are at least 12 years old, can enrol in the Night Diver specialty course. See more of our PADI Courses.
Read our post on ‘10 reasons to try scuba diving‘
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