Swimming and scuba diving are among the best forms of exercise. They involve the entire body; every muscle is firing and moving. They are total-body workouts from start to finish.

Scuba diving is a fun activity with a big following, and any diver will tell you what an amazing thing it is. All over the world, there are great sites to dive, and if you’re lucky, you will see a few of them up close. After your first dive, you will want to do it again and again.

As your knowledge and experience grow, you can fine-tune your hobby and improve the experience by really getting into the intricate details of the sport.

For example, when is the best time of day to scuba dive? There are varying opinions on that. Many divers love scuba diving at night, but night scuba diving isn’t for beginners—it takes a lot of practical knowledge of the sport before you attempt it.

Diving During the Day

Avid divers will tell you that any time of day is the best time for a dive. Time spent in the water is the best time. If you want to see a lot of beautiful marine life and structures, though, there are times that are better than others.

Also, there are times that are better for specific areas. If you are diving in Maui, certain times are better than in Panama.

Wherever you are, you will want to dive when the sun is high in the sky and will shine the longest. A general rule is to dive from around 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In that four-hour span, the sunlight will be brightest and penetrate the water the longest.

This allows you to see further into the water and see more of the underwater ecosystem. It will also help you identify any underwater predators that might be lurking about. Underwater isn’t a good time for surprises from curious carnivores.

Diving at Night

Experienced divers will tell you that there is nothing like a night dive. Going down to a reef at night is an experience that every scuba driver should try once in their life.

The line of sight is limited, but the colors explode. The nighttime color of tropical fish and coral is like looking at something under a blacklight, and it has no visual equal.

You should never dive a new site for the first time at night, though. You need to dive it first during the day so you know what’s there—what kind of creatures, structures, and potential dangers you’ll be facing.

Visibility won’t be better at night, so make sure you can identify everything during the day.


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