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#260866 - 12/28/07 03:56 PM Night Snorkeling
tacogirl Offline
Looking for comments / info on night snorkeling trips.

For those who have done it how would you compare to daytime? I know different creatures come out.

Does headlight make it bright enough for an under water camera?

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#260869 - 12/28/07 04:28 PM Re: Night Snorkeling [Re: tacogirl]
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I have dove and snorkled in Belize and many other places at night. You will find that there are many more species that are out at night then during the day. You will see Morays out of their caves and Lobsters out walking around rather than hiding. Its definately something that you should try.
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#260870 - 12/28/07 04:28 PM Re: Night Snorkeling [Re: tacogirl]
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We've night snorkeled a few times in Bonaire, and it was a really different experience, almost eery, but strangely beautiful. A full moon might help things. I might suggest a spot with at least a few feet of depth/clearance, as you can't see to avoid any near surface obstacles. A headlight or a flashlight should give you a good amount of light to see specific things, but as to photos, no experience. I might think a flash would be sufficient for objects up to a few feet away.
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#260871 - 12/28/07 04:32 PM Re: Night Snorkeling [Re: tacogirl]
elbert Offline
Definitely more things to see at night , its all sleeping or hiding under a coral head during the day.
use a flash on your camera , I don't think your light isgoing to make you happy.
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#260873 - 12/28/07 04:36 PM Re: Night Snorkeling [Re: elbert]
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I've noticed at Hol Chan some of the top predators are using the light of the snorkelers and divers to find prey and its almost sad to shine your light on a fish just to realize it was a death sentence because a huge snapper has been following you waiting for you to help him find dinner.
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#260878 - 12/28/07 04:59 PM Re: Night Snorkeling [Re: elbert]
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When we night dived in Bonaire (off Buddy Dive), we were cautioned about a resident Tarpon that would follow the divers, above and behind, and hunt in the lights. The warning was so that if you all of a sudden have a 6 foot tarpon shoot over your head and drop in front of you, you would not panic... Like that would happen. laugh
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#260880 - 12/28/07 05:29 PM Re: Night Snorkeling [Re: Bobber]
tacogirl Offline
Thanks for the tips.

I was going to check with a couple of people Tulu or Alphonse to line it up. I only have flippers and mask no light was hoping who ever we go with might have,

Good to know Bobber. I did not panic when I saw big barracuda and shark yesterday but I sure swam the other way pretty fast ha ha.
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#260904 - 12/28/07 08:17 PM Re: Night Snorkeling [Re: tacogirl]
Amanda Syme Offline
My favorite time to night dive/snorkel is at full moon. The light is great for snorkeling and shallow diving - but not sufficient for photography.

Definitely it will be a great experience.

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#260913 - 12/28/07 09:50 PM Re: Night Snorkeling [Re: Amanda Syme]
tacogirl Offline
Thanks Amanda

I will be able to check if we can do full moon once they book dates.
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#260915 - 12/28/07 10:35 PM Re: Night Snorkeling [Re: tacogirl]
azbob Offline
TG, check out the following link. I'm sure they will have the moon phases up for 2008 any day now: http://www.hydromet.gov.bz/2007_Moon_Phase.htm
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