Night diving in Cyprus is so different to diving in the day.You either love it or you hate it.It’s the Marmite of scuba and it just happens that I adore both.
Night diving feels more intense,more concentrated and it’s way,way more fun.Your senses are more acute,you’re more aware of your surroundings and your torch makes your mind focus on a scene that is narrower and more detailed than it is in the day.
Cyprus’underwater landscape is a rocky one,your torch casts shadows that contrast your portable pocketful full of sunshine with a moving eerie-ness. Colors are true,there is no loss beneath your beam and underwater photographers are in their element during a night diving in Cyprus.
Cyprus is full of octopus and moray eels.As nocturnal creatures,they hunt at night and stop hiding themselves away.It’s a rare treat to see a moray out in the open,in all its glory from nose to tail slithering past you, but it’s more than likely on a night dive in Cyprus.
Bioluminescence is common here too and it is beautiful to simply wave your arms in front of your mask to agitate them into a stunning neon blue display that will fill you with wonder.I have enjoyed many a night dive hardly moving when I find d a patch of these shiny plankton.I just love playing with them!The new night dive mode on the GoPro Hero 5 is amazing for capturing these fleeting moments too.Very cool.
My favorite time to go night diving in Cyprus is during a full moon. Earth’s bright satellite penetrates beneath the waves and illuminates your dive site in a very different way.There may not be as much light as in the day,but a full moon allows us to see well enough without a torch. Turning your torch off for a while and letting your eyes adjust makes your dive site look like negative of a photograph–it transforms your whole experience!
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