PADI Advanced in Koh Tao: Night Diving

Posted February 6th in Diving Courses

With the sun setting on Koh Tao, instructor Sig took a group out for a night dive on Sairee Reef.

The night dive is one of the elective dives making up the PADI Advanced Open Water Course and is a popular choice.

Rather than diving from the boat, we headed straight out from the beach, swimming out to Simple Life’s mooring line before descending to explore the reef.

Equipped with an underwater flashlight, night diving is an entirely different experience to diving during the daytime. Due to reduced visibility (essentially the range of our flashlight), we explore slowly and carefully, maneuvering around the reef. Species which are usually dormant during the day become active at night, for example many molluscs and crustaceans. Plus off Koh Tao, night diving gives us the chance to see carnivorous species in action hunting prey. Particularly impressive are the chevron barracuda which you can spy feeding on smaller reef species.

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A few more images of the night dive heading out:


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Instructor Sig prepares the Mona and Raul for the night dive


Koh Tao sunset

Another amazing sunset in Koh Tao


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Divemaster Tom takes in the view


Sairee beach sunset

Koh Tao night diving

Shore night dive as part of the PADI Advanced Course


PADI advanced course night dive

Night diving in Koh Tao


Haydon Smith

Haydon Smith

Partner and manager @ Simple Life Divers. PADI Master Instructor and DSAT Tec Deep with 20 years (and counting) in dive industry.

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