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Chris White // February 1, 2019

10 Tips for Night Dives at Moalboal: Well known dive Spot in Cebu

Adapted from an article by John Brumm of Sport Diver magazine

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Night diving is special because even a familiar site looks different at night. When you make a day dive, you normally scan the entire dive site looking at your surroundings. At night, you see only the area of the dive site that is lit by your light. This forces you to slow down and concentrate on that one area.

Tip #1
Stay close and shallow. Night dives tend to be shallow, so you’ll have plenty of bottom time to go slow and take it all in. Colours, for example, are much more vivid on a night dive than they are during the day. It’s simple dive physics. If you’re making a daytime dive in 66 feet of water, sunlight gets absorbed, stealing away the colours. On a night dive, your light source is never more than five or 10 feet away, so the water doesn’t take away any of the light spectrum.

Tip #2
Redefine “night.” When the sun is low in the sky, very little light penetrates the surface, making it pretty dark underwater, even when there is still a fair amount of light above. Diving at dusk is a good way to start your night-diving career. You have the convenience of gearing up when it is relatively light, but get the full effect of making a night dive. On ocean dusk dives, you also have the added benefit of watching the reef creatures migrate through a kind of “shift change” as the day animals disappear and the night animals come out to play.

Tip #3
Get the right gear. You’ll need a primary dive light and a backup light. The primary light should be the larger and brighter of the two. How large and how bright? That’s up to you, and your choice may vary depending on the clarity of the water. When shopping for a light, try out several as some have different grips and handles to suit your personal preferences. Your backup – or pocket – light should be small enough to stow easily, yet bright enough to help you find your way back home. Most lights designed for this purpose are smaller and typically shaped more like a traditional flashlight. Remember, though, that if the primary light fails and you switch to your backup, it’s time to end the dive. We are reviewing dive lights later this year, but for our 2012 Editor’s Pick for Best Dive light, read about the Sola Dive 500 

Tip #4
Tie one on. Most dive lights come with a way to attach a lanyard or wrist strap. Get one. It’s cheap insurance against dropping and losing your primary source of illumination. Most dive lights are negatively buoyant; if you drop one in deep water it may be gone forever.

Tip #5
Know the signals. If there’s one aspect of night diving that is more complicated than day diving, it's communication. You and your buddy should review hand signals before entering the water and agree on the ones you'll use. You have two options: One is to shine the light on your hands so your buddy can see what you’re saying. The other is to make signals using your light. You can signal “OK” and “Yes” or “No” by moving your light in a circle, or up and down, or side to side. You can even get your buddy’s attention by circling or “lassoing” his light beam and then pulling it toward you. If you’ve practiced this beforehand, your buddy will know what you’re doing.

Should you become separated from your buddy, get vertical and shine your light outward while turning a full circle. Your buddy should do the same and chances are you’ll spot each other. If you surface far from the dive boat, point your light at the boat until you get the crew’s attention, then shine it down on your head so the crew can see you clearly.

Tip #6
Aim carefully. On any night dive, you should treat your light like a loaded gun. Never shine your light directly into another diver’s eyes — you can ruin his night vision.

Tip #7
Go easy on the light. First-time night divers tend to buy the biggest, brightest beam they can find and cling to it like a security blanket. As you gain experience diving at night and get comfortable, you’ll find smaller primary dive lights do just as well, particularly in clear water. On some night dives, lights of other divers, the boat and the moon can provide so much ambient light that you may leave your torch off for much of the dive.

If you do need a light, you may not need its full power. Some LEDs have a half-power setting you can use to dial back the brightness. Or try dimming your light by cupping your fingers over it. In any case, you’ll see more natural behaviours if you use the edge of the pool of light, not the hot spot, to pick out fish and critters.

One of the unique things about night diving in the ocean is bioluminescence. Some varieties of single-celled plankton give off light when they are disturbed underwater. Your fin kicks or a wave of your hand can create an explosion of undersea sparks, but you’ll miss the show in anything but dark conditions.

Tip #8
Do reconnaissance. Before you make your first night dive on a site, you should dive it during the day. This allows you to learn the layout of the site and get comfortable with it. 

Tip #9
Mark the way home. If you’re diving from shore, rather than from a boat, you should also place lights on the beach. It's a good idea to have two lights close together at your entry/exit point and then a third farther away. This gives you something to swim for after the dive when you're swimming back in.

Making a night dive from a boat brings with it a different set of concerns. The boat should be marked with a flashing strobe you can use to find your way back. When surfacing near the boat, shine your light toward the surface and watch carefully to avoid colliding with the hull.

Tip #10
Have fun! Most important, relax and enjoy the dive. It’s natural to be a little anxious before stepping in the dark void of an unlit ocean or lake, but it’s also exciting. When you overcome your anxieties about night diving, you get another eight hours of each precious dive day to explore and create new and lasting dive memories.

What happens if you get separated from your buddy or the boat after finishing a night dive? There’s a reason why we recommend carrying at least two safety signalling devices when you are diving at night.

Night Dives at Turtle B ay Dive Resort

We recommend three great sites for night dives at Turtle  Bay Dive Resort:

  1. Our house reef - easy shore dive, lots of special stuff including Mandarin fish (just before dusk), electric clams and lots more;
  2. The Muck Dive Site by Moalboal Town pier - a lot of really unusual stuff you will not find anywhere else including star gazers; and
  3. Pescador island - beautiful coral and a chance to see sharks come up from the depths

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Chris White // January 30, 2018

8 Reasons to Dive The Philippines

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1. Chosen as one of the Top Three Dive Sites in the World

It has been scientifically proven that we are the epicenter of marine biodiversity in the world.   488 of the 500 known coral species in the world are found here spread in over 13,000 square miles of coral reefs, many of which have been grown since the Ice Age.  Plus there are over a thousand different species of marine life. All of this can be enjoyed with water temperatures averaging 28C. I will post more blogs giving the details about the Coral Triangle.

 2. Delectable foods

Each region has also its own particular cuisine.  Filipino food is a diverse blend of Oriental, European and American culinary tastes.  Fresh seafood is abundant here.

 3. Full of exotic and pristine beaches.

Boracay Island is but one of the countless beaches that you can enjoy here.  With more than 7, 000 islands here, world- class beaches with crystal-blue waters of both the China Sea and the Pacific Ocean are abundant here. Explore the other top beaches here: Alona Beach of Panglao Island in Bohol, Coron and El Nido Islands of Palawan, Dumaguete, Camiguin Island and of course, White Beach and Lambok Beaches at Moalboal and Badian in Cebu

 4. We are a vibrant, fun- loving and eclectic group of people

The Philippines has 16 regions each with their own particular culture, personality and beliefs.  One thing that is similar in each and every Filipino is their hospitality and love of fun which is infectious.

  5. Value spending

Here in the Philippines, your money will go a long, long way.  We manufacture and export world- class products such as furniture, jewelry, accessories, food, guitars (made in Mactan) plus there are branches of globally- renowned brands here.

 6 Relax and rejuvenate

Treat yourself at our spas and health centers at a fraction of the price in your country. Of course, you can enjoy a full-body massage in the newly opened Bay Spa at Turtle Bay Dive Resort.

 7. We are an English- speaking country

Over 90% of the population speaks English in addition to  Filipino and their own local language.

 8. Philippine Fiestas

Filipinos never forget to be thankful for their own patron saints and bountiful harvest by celebrating their town’s festival.  With countless towns and cities, we are a veritable land of fiestas and festivals anytime of the year. The famous Sinulog fiesta in Cebu City culminates on the 3rd Sunday of January each. The Moalboal fiesta is celebrated on May 15 & 16.

 

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Featured Author // December 29, 2017

5 Reasons why the Discover Scuba Diving Experience makes the Perfect Gift

First published in PADI; written by guest blogger, Danielle Schofield

The holiday season is on its way, so it’s time to dust off the decorations and hunt for the ultimate gift to impress fussy friends, restless kids and the person who already has everything.

Enter the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience. Covering basic scuba skills, dive gear, and offering a taste of what it’s like to breathe underwater, this introduction session is the perfect gift for budding adventurers. Not convinced? Here’s a few more reasons why:

 

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19 November, 2017 at 12:43 am

5 Reasons why the Discover Scuba Diving Experience makes the Perfect Gift

Posted by Guest Blogger

Written by guest blogger, Danielle Schofield
The holiday season is on its way, so it’s time to dust off the decorations and hunt for the ultimate gift to impress fussy friends, restless kids and the person who already has everything.
Enter the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience. Covering basic scuba skills, dive gear, and offering a taste of what it’s like to breathe underwater, this introduction session is the perfect gift for budding adventurers. Not convinced? Here’s a few more reasons why:

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#1 – It’s the gift that keeps on giving
Although the Discover Scuba® Diving session must come to an end, for many, it’s the beginning of an eternal relationship with the ocean, and they’ll still be saying ‘thank you’ months, years or decades later. But, even if taking a scuba certification isn’t on the agenda, this taster experience will still create memories that last a lifetime — and that’s a gift that’s truly priceless.


#2 – It’s a family (and friends) affair
PADI Discover Scuba Diving is a great shared experience for pairs or small groups, and a unique way to bring family and friends together. Plus, kids will be so enthralled with bubble blowing and breathing underwater like a superhero, they’ll (maybe) stop squabbling over who got the best gift!

 

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#3 – The price is right

As a taster session, the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience costs less in comparison to a full scuba course. This makes festive budgeting a little easier — whether you’re shopping for stocking fillers for one, or an affordable group gift. Of course, if the person you’re buying for is already dreaming about their first scuba certification, why not get them an eLearning gift pass instead?

#4 – It will help fuel future gift ideas

Having a scuba diver on the gift list makes shopping just that little bit easier. Once someone’s hooked on the underwater world, there’s a plethora of gift ideas out there to suit every budget, taste and experience level. Whether it’s bits of new dive gear, books, or even clothing, you’ll never run out of ideas again.

#5 – It’s an enriching alternative

If you’re looking for a gift that will get the kids and teens up and about, out of the house, and away from the television or tablet, then look no further. The Discover Scuba Diving experience is active, educational, but most importantly, fun. They’ll never even realise they were learning new skills!

 

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And, here’s a bonus reason: because the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience is, well, an experience — and not a tangible item — there’s no wrapping involved. Not only does that make life easier (who enjoys gift wrapping?), it’s much kinder to the planet, too!

So, if you’re ready to plan some super fun, sock-free festivities for your friends and family this year, get in touch with your local PADI Dive Shop to find out more about pricing and availability.

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