Throughout the summer months, Pura Vida Divers hosts Black Water Drift Dives.  Join us as we drift effortlessly in the Gulfstream searching for the unique and rare.  Hovering in 20ft of water over a depth of 400ft in the open ocean, these one-tank night dives allow divers to witness the largest migration on the planet…the diurnal migration.  The Black Water Drift Dives offer macro photographers a challenging and beautiful new cornucopia of subjects to photograph.


Creatures living hundreds of feet below the ocean waves swim toward the shallow depths in search of food under the protection and cover of darkness. See breathtaking bioluminescent creatures, jellies, squid, and the larvae stages of many reef creatures. Each Black Water night dive is different and unpredictable. We never know what animal, small or large, will pay us a visit. We encounter everything from tiny fluorescent-colored eels to adult sailfish and dolphins.  Many of the creatures observed on the black water drift dives are commonly seen on the reefs during the day except they look nothing alike. We see jellyfish, squid, lobsters, fish, eels…but usually all at the larval or planktonic level.  Take for instance this photo of a Florida Spiny Lobster taken on our Black Water Drift Dive.

Florida Spiny Lobster

We also see plenty of the unknown as well.  Alien-like creatures drifting upwards from the depths.

Scale Worm

Comb jellies (ctenophores) are also a fan favorite and widely available to photograph on most dives.  Check out this PBS video on black water diving and comb jellies.



We run our Black Water Drift Dives throughout the summer and in to the fall.  Our trips depart around 7:30pm and we conduct one hour-long dive, drifting in 400ft of open ocean water.

  • Divers hover in ~20ft and drift along with the Gulfstream.  Divers must not descend deeper than 40ft at any time
  • We provide a lighted float line to allow for a visual reference underwater
  • We provide a dive guide on each trip
  • Divers must have an Advanced Open Water or Night Diver Specialty rating in order to participate
  • All divers must have a primary light, backup light and cyalume tank marker



If you’re ready for an adventure into a world like nothing you’ve seen before, reserve a space on our next black water drift dive!