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Fluro diving: have you ever heard of it?

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The next in an exciting new series of blogs introducing some of the amazing marine life you can encounter at Magic Resorts in the Philippines…

Fluro diving has been around for quite a few years now but it is still not really common. On the internet you can find loads of information about fluorescence and how it’s achieved, but still doesn’t really answer the questions about what a fluro dive is.

Here at Magic Island, we have a lot of guests who never heard of it before, and yet it’s such an incredible experience!


Read on and learn everything you need to know about fluro diving and why you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to do one!

Basically, fluro dives are night dives, using special lights and lenses to allow us to see fluorescent light emitted by certain organisms and creatures. It gives the underwater world a whole new dimension, one you have never experienced before!


That Scorpion fish that was always so well-camouflaged during a regular dive, is now glowing bright red, and those soft leather corals you usually swim by without even giving them a look, are now bright green! Suddenly there are spots of green and red glowing all over the reef!

What is usually a norm becomes the extravagant and if it doesn’t glow, it’s no longer special, regardless of how exotic it may be.

So, before you jump in, there are a couple of things that you need to consider…

1. Right equipment

First you need to make sure you have the right equipment. A light with a simple blue lens will not really give you the effect you’re looking for. Although there are different lights that can be used, we have found that the “black light” works best. You can check if it’s the correct light by shining it in a dark room: if you get the disco light effect (your teeth glow bright white or the white T-shirt you’re wearing looks like its plugged in), it’s NOT the correct one. A black light would make those things look dark blue or black. You will also need a yellow filter lens to block out the other light, enhancing the fluorescent light.

2. Dive planning
The second thing is dive planning. First, you should not do your first night dive as a fluro dive, the lights used are not nearly as bright and your vision is restricted making buoyancy and navigation a challenge. Also, you cannot be around other divers who are using normal lights as this will ruin the effect. The good thing is that you really don’t need to go deep or far to see all the crazy stuff. On Magic Island’s house reef at high tide you can be at 2m/7ft deep and just a stones throw away from the dive centre and see enough to keep you entertained for hours. Of course, all usual night dive planning should be considered.

If you have never done a fluro dive, you should definitely make one! In Magic Island Dive Resort in Moalboal, Cebu in the Philippines we offer this possibility. Our favourite way to make this dive: head out during sunset to see the famous Mandarinfish mating and when the sun has set we switch over to the fluro lights and lenses for the second show – a two for one deal!


Visit Magic Oceans Anda, Bohol and Magic Island Moalboal, Cebu… find out more at www.magicresorts.online.

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Magic Resorts Philippines has two dive resorts: Magic Oceans Anda, Bohol and Magic Island Moalboal, Cebu. Have the Magic experience in two different locations. Rely on the same atmosphere, service and standards during every vacation! Blogs are supported by Marlon Managa, Dive Master and Marine Biologist at Magic Oceans.

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WIN a Beuchat Air Light Bag!!!

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For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Beuchat to give away an Air Light Bag!

The Air Light Bag from Beuchat is a practical travel bag that takes up minimum storage space.

  • Material: 600 denier and 1,000 denier nylon/PVC
  • Soft roller bag, easily stored in its mesh bag
  • Internal retaining straps
  • Zip fastener with eyelets for padlocks
  • Side compartment for fins
  • Outer document pocket with coated zip and carry strap
  • Backpack style straps concealed behind the foam back-plate
  • Drainage vents
  • Red over-moulded wheels; detachable wheel block

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, all you have to do is answer the following question:

In a recent post on Scubaverse.com (which you can read here), we reported that the Philippines have been recognised as the World’s Leading Dive Destination at the 27th World Travel Awards. In the article it states how many islands make up the Philippines… how many are there?

Is there:

  • A) 7,209
  • B) 7,532
  • C) 7,641

Answer, A, B or C to the question above:

Beuchat Air Light Bag December 2020

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Quick Scuba Tips #1: How To Prep A New Mask for Scuba Diving (Watch Video)

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How To Prep A New Mask for Scuba Diving. Can’t I just take my new mask diving straight out of the box? Well, actually, no. It needs a little work to make it dive ready.

In this, the first in our new scuba diving quick hints and tips series, I’m going to show you how to prepare a new mask for scuba diving with three quick techniques, all aimed at stopping your scuba mask from fogging.

Yes, this link is an affiliate link. Purchases made through these links may earn me a small commission at no extra charge to you.

Dive safe, dive often!

James


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Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village is a Bedouin-owned resort with stunning views and a lovely private beach. It is ideal for divers as everything is onsite including the resort's jetty, dive centre and house reef. The warm hospitality makes for a diving holiday like no other. There is an excellent seafood restaurent and beach bar onsite, and with the enormous diversity of the Sharm El Sheikh dive sites and the surrounding areas of the South Sinai, there really is something for every level of diver to enjoy.

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