If you are a scuba diving enthusiast, but have only gone diving during the day, you should try a new exciting experience by diving at night. Los Arcos Marine Reserve, a sanctuary that surrounds the granite islands of Los Arcos in the southern portion of Banderas Bay, offers divers a remarkably diverse habitat that includes some teeming coral reefs. After the sun sets below the Pacific horizon, a fabulous assortment of exotic species appears. Many of these nocturnal species cannot be witnessed during daylight hours. Even the species that can be seen both during the day and at night may display different behavior after the sun sets. When you go diving after sundown, the underwater world of this reef environment seems more mysterious.
Some of the species that you are more likely to see at night include octopus, moray eels, and lobsters. The lobsters can be seen scuttling around the coral, rather than hiding beneath rocks and within fissures. Marine Turtles can often be viewed resting on the sandy shallows during the evening. If you point your light into the nooks and crannies of the reef, you will see plenty of hidden tropical fish nestled into secure hiding places. Perhaps the most exciting species you will see after dark are the invertebrates that display bio-luminescence, lighting the undersea environment with a beautiful eerie glow.
There are some exciting undersea landscapes to explore including a steep drop-off and a sweeping gorge called Devil's Canyon. There are interesting rock formations at a nice array of depths, from ten to ninety feet.
It is your responsibility to make sure you are aware of and understand all restrictions pertaining to this tour before booking online or over the phone. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are medically qualified and within any limits listed below in order to participate in this activity. No refunds will be given to those who reserve a spot and can not participate due to the restrictions listed below. For more information please read our cancellation policy and terms and conditions page or call our staff with any questions regarding your ability to participate.
All divers must be in good health and:
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I have been to the Bahamas many times, but Los Arcos Night Dive is one of my favorite trips! It includes everything that everyone should do here. As a Bahamas veteran, I can say only the best about this experience!
Thanks to the professional guides! I was a bit worried about kayaking because I had never done it before, but the instructions were great and I had such a good time!
The best way to discover nature! ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)