Speaking of light, there’s less of it from the sun and therefore the colors of the reef are more vibrant without interference from absorption of sun rays in the water. It’s an exotic, living rainbow of colors to discover.
Neon Parties – Some tours in the Maldives offer special lamps and mask filters which can be used to bring out the florescent colors of the marine world. The fluorescence of underwater species is very complex. World scientists continue to look for explanations on the ability of these species to absorb and then convert the colors into such spectacular, almost psychedelic, displays.
Darkness, of course! – Experience the underwater world in darkness. While a dive light is essential, temporarily covering it or turning away from it can reveal more than you think. Your natural night vision will adjust to a certain extent, and light from various natural and artificial sources will help you see the marine nightscape in its semi-natural form.
If you think sitting out admiring the stars is cool, night diving will really excite. In some areas, phosphorescent plankton light up the water with their blue bioluminescent effect. The view from under the water out into the above-water surroundings is also a unique sight.
Top Tips for the Best Night Dive Experience
Night diving obviously requires extra precautions and equipment to keep you safe. Visibility reduces to a very short distance, leaving just you and your torchlight to head into the darkness. You’ll need to slow down and concentrate on a small area at a time, to see all the details and, because you’ll be shallower and closer to the reef than in most daytime dives. When we say “night” it can actually mean “nightfall”, as dusk is an ideal time to discover; you can suit up still in the light and see creatures as they transform from day to night mode. Read more about night diving.