Top 5 Black Water Diving Destinations

Unknown Squid Defense opt cephalopod black water dives An aggressive display from a squid / Richard Barnden

From Scotland to Hawai'i, black water diving is the latest craze

The biggest migration on the planet is the diurnal migration where each evening vast hordes of planktonic animals rise from the deep abyss of the ocean to feed and breed followed by attendant predators and return again at dawn. And the latest diving craze is to head out to the open ocean to enjoy the delights of black water diving. Here's five of the best spots on the planet to enjoy the spectacle.

1) Palau, Micronesia

With 1,000m drops not far from shore, you can be sure to witnesses some high energy black water action in Palau. Hordes of voracious squid rise up the water column to feast on the rich soup of zooplankton, larval fish and drifting jellies. Find out more on


Juvenile Blennie Pel opt fish black water divesJuvenile blenny / Richard Barnden

2) Makako Bay, Kona, Hawai’i

Kona in Hawai’i is where black water diving started and you can do an open water dive out over the abyss after an inshore nighttime encounter with feeding mantas - a double dive night to remember! To find out more go to

3) Singer Island, Florida

Singer Island sitting in the Gulf Stream off West Palm Beach is the drift diving capital of Florida and Pura Vida Divers is now offering a tethered dive over the open ocean to enjoy the wonders of the diurnal migration. To find our more go to

4) West Coast of Scotland

Tethered by a 10m-line, drift along behind the Basking Shark Scotland’s dive boat Cearban and see what beasties come up from the deep Atlantic trenches to feast on all the zooplankton. A 22,000 lumen Orcalight is dangled beneath the high-specced RIB (complete with cabin - essential for a warm cup of tea after your dive). To find out more

Juvenile Fish Hiding I opt jellyfish black water divesJuvenile fish hiding in a jellyfish /Richard Barnden

5) Roatan, Honduras

This small island 65km off the coast of Honduras is the perfect spot for black water adventures with the walls on the ocean side of the barrier reef (the second longest in the world after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef) plunging down more than 3,000m into the abyss. West End Divers run six 20m tethers from their dive boat with stops at 18m - one diver to each line attached by an 8m line and they are equipped with high-intensity lights. To find out more go to

To read a full feature on black water diving in Palau by Richard Barnden see DIVE's Night Special

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