Night Dives in East Timor [
Monday, 19 January 2015 ]
Night Dives in East Timor.
When the sun starts to set down, below the surface start a frenzy, some rush to get a safe hidden place to spend the night without get eaten by random night hunters and others stretch their fins ready for the active darkness coming ahead.
That moment when you start descending with the last rays of the sun, we call it "Sunset dive". It is there when you can see the frenzy above cited, fish everywhere in a real state of activeness, unusual encounters and funny behaviours, all eventually will end up in a proper Night dive where only the nocturnals will stay awake!
The scene changes as day creatures retire and nocturnal organisms emerge, a feeling of calmness floods up your body, even air consumption is reduced in some cases, now is no point to look further or to "the blue" as you are now limited to see just as far as the glow of your torch allows you to see. Even if you have seen this reef many times before, this time will be absolutely different.
Some animals will let you spot them only during night, like Bob Tail Squid and Starry Night Octopus as they are very well camouflaged.
Many others will maybe around during day light but much more likely to see them because they hunt during night, like Two spots Lion Fish and Spanish Dancer. Cardinal fish and Rabbit fish freeze when you point them with your light making them easy prey for opportunist Barracudas.What you can definitely guaranty is lots and lots of Crabs, Shrimps and Fluorescent Plankton. The clever Parrot fish make a bubble of saliva around himself when asleep which hide their smell making them invisible for Morays patrolling around, that is why is so important to not disturb them so they can keep in their bubble and stay safe.
Night Dive require a bit more detailed preparation, a good briefing will go along with a different way to communicate underwater, signs may change depending on your guide but one rule is always followed, DO NOT point your torch in the eyes of other divers or in the fish that is sleeping! As fish have not eyelids. Also you may want to have a spare torch light in case of failure, some others will opt for light markers for the tanks straps but then you just look like a Christmas tree and too much light will also chase fish away! What you really want is to have good conditions, tricky dive sites with strong current should be avoided, and if even more conservative, depth limits should be implanted.
It is true that many divers dive only during day time and many of them have never even done a night immersion! Why? Many are victims of the myth that been an Open Water Diver level does not allow you to do one! FALSE!
https://vimeo.com/115840477 Short Video of a Night Dive with us.
Our favorites dive sites are Piertamina, Tasi Tolu betwen others. Come and Night Dive with us!!!!!