You haven’t truly experienced diving until you’ve experienced night diving in Costa Rica! You might think that night diving is just like regular diving except for the fact that, of course, it takes place during the evening hours after the sun has gone down. Really, though, night diving is totally different. You’ll see different animal and plant life than you might during the day, and your underwater view will be totally different in general! Plus, night diving is a little more challenging, a little more of an adventure, making it perfect for those who really want to do something memorable while on vacation.
Rediscover an Old Favorite!
If you’ve been diving in Costa Rica before—especially if you’ve been a few times, you likely have a favorite diving spot or two. If this describes you and you’ve only explored those diving spots during the day, make sure you plan a night diving trip to those locations. Not only will you get to see some of your old favorites in a whole new (non) light, but you’ll also have the advantage of knowing general details about the area, which can make your diving trip less risky. If you haven’t been to Costa Rica enough times to have favorite spots or if it’s your first visit, consider exploring a spot both in the day and at night; you’ll be amazed at the difference!
From Night to Day
When most people think of night diving in Costa Rica, they think of taking the plunge in the early morning hours or maybe a little later, like around ten or eleven. If you want a real adventure though, why not go diving around four or five in the morning? If you’re underwater at the right time, you’ll have the advantage of seeing plants and animals come to life. The change is truly spectacular and makes for a once in a lifetime experience.
From Day to Night
Just as it’s exciting to watch as the underwater world “wakes up,” it’s also exciting to watch as it goes to sleep! If you plan your trip just right—diving in shortly before the sun sets—you can witness the many changes that go on underwater as day fades into night. As an added bonus, having a little light before you take the plunge can make it easier to get all of you gear together and to safely prepare for your diving adventure.
Though night diving is definitely more of a challenge than traditional diving, this doesn’t mean that beginners can’t join in on the fun! If you’ve never been diving before, this just means that you need to be extra cautious when planning your night dive. Look for certified, qualified instructors and never try to dive alone. You should always go down as part of a group—a group that includes professionals. If you’re feeling extra nervous, tandem diving, which allows you to literally be with someone for your entire dive, is a great option.
Make the Most of Your Light
Some people think that night diving will be this completely dark and completely scary experience. That’s not the case at all however. You’ll have a light or two to allow you to see underwater objects and your surroundings. See all that you can see by moving your light around as much as possible. Be aware, however, that some critters avoid light, so it’s worth it to look outside of your lighted area from time to time. You might just catch a glimpse of a rarely seen sea animal or of rare plant life, which will make your diving expedition all the more memorable.