Discovering the wonders of Mother Nature is becoming a more and more central part of vacationing around the world. Whether it’s riding in a safari jeep in the heart of the Serengeti, or visiting a conservation elephant sanctuary in Thailand, it’s important that you don’t miss out on these types of incredible experiences which open your eyes up to the beautiful sights and sounds of what we all call Planet Earth.
One particular experience that you have to try is night-time scuba diving across Sharm El Sheikh. According to the thrill-seekers who have already dared to take the plunge, night-time diving here brings a whole new fluorescent perspective on the spectacular sea creatures you find around the coral.
Who knew these reefs take on a whole different life when the sun goes down? Here’s everything you need to know about booking this experience on your next trip to Sharm El Sheikh.
Why dive at night?
Basically, if you dive at night, you’ll be able to view the corals under a fluorescent (fluo) light that allows you to see all of the marine creatures in a way you never thought possible. The fluo light itself brings out glowing colors in the creatures and coral that are entirely invisible to the naked eye during the day – so prepare to be amazed! What exactly is the light that you see?
Well, most of the organisms that you’ll see have a unique ability to emit their own light, which in scientific terms is called bioluminescence light. As you’ve probably guessed by now, we as humans can only see this luminescence at night via special equipment, so make sure you don’t miss your chance. It truly is a magical sight. Expect a display of spectacular dancing neon lights that are like nothing you’ve ever seen.
You’ll be equipped with blue-light torches and filters for your mask, as well as the standard diving equipment, so if you’re an experienced diver, get your flippers on! Even if you’ve never had a diving experience before, then there’s plenty of beginner sessions for you too.
Where’s the best place to go?
SS Thistlegorm wreck
The SS Thistlegorm is a sunken former cargo ship from WW2, dating back to 1941. Any wreckage sunk to the ocean floor is exciting to explore, but this cargo ship is especially amazing to see – it includes locomotives, tanks, motorbikes, weapons, and so much more. It’s like exploring a museum and going diving at the same time. It’s particularly creepy at night too, so it’s not for the faint-hearted!
Ras Mohammed Marine Park
If you want to see vast underground landscapes of coral, then the Ras Mohammed Marine Park is where you need to go. Here, you’ll find one of the most beautiful areas of soft coral in the world, and not only that, you’re likely to spot hundreds of different marine species – potentially even the whitetip reef shark or hammerhead shark!
Straits of Tiran
This area takes over two hours to reach by boat, meaning it’s usually only explored by expert divers. This is definitely the place to go if you’re an experienced diver, but don’t worry, it’ll totally be worth it when you get there because the stretch of coral reef is truly spectacular.
Anything else I should know?
Sharm El Sheikh is particularly popular with night-time divers because the waters are remarkably clear and calm, meaning the visibility is top-notch. There are also fantastic excursions available in which you can record and take underwater photos of your experience. Make some memories!