Night Diving Belize - 1 Tank
One very unique feature about diving at night, is the ability to see nocturnal marine life you typically don't see during the day.
Duration: Half Day
Departure Time: 5:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Return Time: 8:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Diving Gear: BCD, regulator, wetsuit, fins, mask, snorkel (not included).
Included: Bottled water, fresh fruit, transportation to & from site, licensed guide.
What to Bring: Camera, cell phone, personal medications (for the day), light jacket or windbreaker, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, beach towel, swimsuit, cash for paying park fees (if applicable), and tipping your guide.
Divers Notation: Be sure to have your PADI card with you. If you plan on diving the blue hole, you will need to provide proof that you have dived in that last six months. If not, then you will need to take a refresher dive (the day before) diving the Blue Hole. Diving computers can be rented, if you do not have yours with you.
Note: The tour & gear rental can be put on a credit card, park fees need to be paid in cash.
Description: Night Diving is basically reef diving only done at night. Much of the marine life that you do not see during the day, comes out at night to play, mate, explore, and feed. This is why night diving is so popular with many. Because night diving presents its own challenges, we tend to stay more in the open cuts and channels. A popular site for night diving is the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.
Your tour begins with a short boat right (a few miles south), of Ambergris Caye to the site. After you arrive, you will receive a short safety briefing. Then our guide will take you on a guided tour around the Marine Reserve. Here you will be able to see an abundant amount of marine and coral life below the water’s surface. Night diving allows you to encounter aquatic life, which you seldom get to see during the day. The reef literally comes alive at night with lobster, shrimp, octopuses, squids, eels, Spanish dancers, toad fishes, frog fishes, sea slugs, blue tangs, tarpon, barracuda, and many more multi-colored reef fish. In addition, the coral extends its polyps to feed on plankton, and the artificial light from the flashlights, shows the true bright colors of the reef.
Night diving is nothing less than amazing. Water temperatures here are fairly constant all year long, ranging between the mid to high 80's to the low 70's. A lightweight dive "skin" or a (1/16 inch) "shorty" wetsuit, is perfect for this area. The barrier reef, is located so close to Ambergris Caye, you can find yourself at your diving site within a matter of minutes.
Night reef diving is an exciting adrenaline rush for many, as the dark waters tend to lend a certain mystery to the whole experience. Be sure to pay attention to your safety briefing, and following the instructions of your guide. After each dive, you are provided with a cold beverage and fresh fruit.
If you have never done a Belize Night Diving Snorkeling tour before you have no idea of the magic that goes on at night. Many would say that about 80% of marine life are nocturnal. This being the case with the reef already bursting with colorful creatures, night snorkeling and dive at Hol Chan or Tuffy proves to be nothing short of being simply awesome.
Due to Hol Chan Marine Reserve’s protected status, what was once a depleted fishing area has now been allowed to re-generate, providing an unparalleled snorkeling experience for visitors and an important refuge for marine life along the northern section of the Belize Barrier Reef.
Over 160 species of fish have been identified at Hol Chan, along with nearly 40 species of corals, 5 sponges, 8 algaes, 2 seagrasses, 3 marine mammals and 3 species of sea turtle.
At the glow of your dive light, garden eels will peak among stingrays flapping their wings to cover themselves on the sandy bottom. Surrounded by little bioluminescent blinking, you will spot lobsters, turtles and groupers whooshing around for their evening snacks.