It sounds contradictory at first because of course the waters are black and it’s dark during night dives, but it will make total sense to you in a minute. Black Water Night Dives are something everyone should try at least once even if you’re usually not a big fan of night dives.
The idea is nothing new as such: Hawaii was the first place where you could head out late in the evening, a few miles offshore, to drop into deep waters, attached to the boat by a rope and see various critters in their larval stage.
Here in Lembeh, you can have it all way easier! No need to go far, way out, deep or late at night. Simon’s found a way to attract all kinds of weird and translucent fish and invertebrates with the help of some real powerful lights. 20,000 lumens is all it takes, put in the right place facing the Strait and you’ll discover a whole new world down there.
In the last week we’ve done Black Water Night Dives every day, just to find the whole range of larval fish and critters. Pompanos, Squid, Flounders, Ribbon Eels and even a Wonderpus in settling stage (thanks to Sylvain Ducros, our guest, for this gorgeous picture).
A dream come true for photographers who want to shoot the Lembeh aliens and the ones up for a new challenge. The trick is to point your focus light in an angle towards your camera lens, this is where all the plankton and your subjects will congregate. You will need a medium macro lens, 60mm works best for me, and strobes of course! Try to use your auto-focus if it performs well in low light situations, otherwise manual focus with peaking.
It might take a dive or two to get used to a quite different way of night diving and shooting but the results will be rewarding for sure!