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The Best Night Dives in the World



Black Water Diving – Tahiti and Moorea Islands, French Polynesia

Not for the faint-hearted (and probably the most nerve wracking dive on this list), even the name ‘black-water diving’ sounds a little intimidating to a lot of divers, but take the plunge here and you’ll never forget what happens next! The night dive involves tying scuba divers to the bottom of a boat (there are often strong currents) and suspending them in pitch black water, in the deep channel between Tahiti and the Moorea Islands where depths can reach hundreds of metres. In this black water, strange bioluminescent creatures such as siphonophores and comb jellies rise to the surface to feed, creating an incredible light show that really has to be seen to be believed.

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How to Get There

French Polynesia can be reached in a number of ways. If you’re flying, you’ll arrive in to the capital Papeete, the only international airport, which is on the island of Tahiti. From the USA you can fly direct from Los Angeles, or from New Zealand you can fly direct from Auckland. The best time to visit is between March and November.




Nudi Falls’, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia                                      flamboyant


The so-called ‘muck diving capital of the world’ the Lembeh Strait is world famous among the dive community for its incredible diversity of weird and wonderful critters. In fact, the Strait is only a long and narrow strip that separates the mainland from the Lembeh Island, but when you take a closer look you start to notice that it is home to thousands of nudibranchs, blue-ringed octopus, wonderpus and mimic octopus, cuttlefish, pygmy seahorses and a whole of small marine life. As most of these creatures are incredibly active during the night, it only follows that night diving in the Lembeh Strait is even better than diving during the day!

In particular Nudi Falls makes for one of (if not the) best night dive in the world. You’ll follow a wall on the mainland side of the Strait down to rocky corals and finally along the sandy bottom to a soft coral field. In the process, you might find active cuttlefish, squid, rare yet colorful nudibranchs, soft coral cowries and so much more.

Dive sites here go to a depth of between 15 to 25 metres, there are hardly any currents, and throughout the year the waters remain a warm 24 to 30 degrees. Its best visited between March and November.

How to Get There

From Manado, capital of the province of North Sulawesi there are public buses (or rental cars) available to Bitung. Upon arrival at Bitung continue to Ruko Pateten pier in Lembeh subdistrict, and cross by boat to the island of Lembeh – only around a 15 minute journey by boat.



Manta Night Dive, Kona, Hawaii.                                                  img 4979

It was a toss-up between this and Lembeh Strait for the coveted No. 1 spot on this list, as to experience descending into darkness to observe the nightly performance of the manta ballet just of the Kona coast is something that you’ll never forget.

Each night, dive operators shine massive spotlights into the water which attracts light-seeking plankton. The mantas, eager for an easy feed, then glide in to feed on the plankton whilst you relax on the sandy bottom with the best seat in the place!

Samuel Beckett from ‘Planet Dive’ puts it very eloquently –

“Diving with mantas is one of the most satisfying things a person can do in the water. It’s impossible to describe the feeling of watching a massive fish the size of a stealth bomber coming into vision. It’s akin to watching your child ride a bike for the first time or finding a winning lottery ticket”

How to Get There

Traveling to the area is easy, as Kona has a large international airport served by numerous airlines from North America as well as inter-island airlines. The best time to visit is between April and October.




Bonaire, Southern Caribbean                                                                         bonaire

For years, high-tech photographers have documented the neon fluorescence displayed by corals, nudibranch and other marine life that occurs when UV light reflects off them viewed through a special filter.

Biofluorescent diving is a relatively new concept in the scuba world, where special UV lights and mask filters are used to bring out this natural fluorescence underwater. The result is an underwater party best experienced in Bonaire, where about 25% of the marine life species are fluorescent with shrimps, eels and all manner of creatures reflecting the UV rays in shocking pink, purple and green. These dives also can’t fail to give you a new found respect for the reefs and the coral, revealing things that are otherwise invisible to the naked eye in a stunning display of fabulous colours.

How to Get There

Direct flights from the USA are available with United Airlines from Newark and Houston, with Europe being served by KLM or TUI from Amsterdam.



Navy Pier, Exmouth, Western Australia                                              

One of the best sites in the Ningaloo Reef, Navy Pier is a 300-metre structure extending out from shore and is a world famous dive site home to some of the biggest marine life in the Pacific with huge rays, moray eels, lobsters, sea snakes and massive Queensland grouper commonly seen. Diving here during the day is something very special, but the area really comes into its own at night where you’re likely to encounter flatworms, nudibranchs, eels, wobbegong sharks, whitetip reef sharks, octopus and scorpion fish among the active, nocturnal hunters. It’s also a great place to see whalesharks in season, so there’s always a chance of bumping into one of these on this phenomenal night dive.


How to Get There

Learmonth Airport is located 36km from Exmouth and ‘Exmouth Bus Charters’ provide a shuttle bus service from the airport to your accommodation in Exmouth for a per person fee. The best time to visit is between March and November.

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