Why not do it on Gozo?
Day v Night Diving;
Whilst diving throughout the day, we often search for certain creatures and critters, often in vain. However, night diving might offer you the opportunity to find those elusive creatures when they come out to feed. At night, the ocean floor in Mgarr ix-Xini, on Gozo becomes an active playground. Notably, we often encounter many different species such as Octopus, Stingray, Moray eels and Sea-hare. They are mostly nocturnal marine species venturing out at night to find their prey. For this reason, it’s a fantastic experience and a great opportunity to observe creatures that you will not find during the day.
This is a great dive site to explore at night. It is not deep, with steep cliff walls on each side of the bay. The sea bed offers a rocky, sandy mix slowing descending to 4 metres. Beyond 4 metres, the sea-bed changes to a sandy bottom dotted with patches of Posidonia Seagrass.
The entry and exit is a walk-in/out shore entry, beginning very shallow indeed. Mgarr ix-Xini’s ocean floor slowly drops away over a distance of many metres to a depth of 13 metres. Another key point, it is a great place for beginner night divers as well as seasoned divers who would like to complete their PADI Night Diver Specialty.
PADI Night Diver Speciality;
This is a great course to discover the night activity of Gozo’s surrounding waters. PADI’s Night Diver course comprises of 3-night dives. Exercises include night navigation, hazards of night diving, hand signals at night and the use of night lights, torches and back-up lights. As a result, is a great opportunity for those who want to know what goes on at night, down there in the ocean. Read more here on the PADI Night Dive Speciality
Common Species at night;
Generally speaking, these critters and marine creatures can be seen on a regular basis. Obviously there is no guarantee what we see, after all, they come and go as they please. Sometimes we get surprises, and things appear what we do not encounter every day.
- Common Octopus.
- Mediterranean Moray Eel.
- Common Stingray.
- Electric Ray.
- Raja Radula Stingray (Rough Skate.)
- Tonn Snails.
- Flying Gurnards.
- Star Gazers.
- European Common Cuttlefish.
If you are interested in experiencing a night dive or, you wish to learn more about night diving skills, please contact us at Dive Smart Gozo. Definitely, this course offers you a great experience.