I have been doing Blackwater night diving in Palau for nearly six years. I had heard about this style of night diving from friends that had dived in Hawaii where it first originated well over ten years ago now. In the beginning I was only trying open ocean blackwater diving but after several long spells of bad weather we had to start adapting to areas that had shelter from the wind. Back in 2013 Unique Dive Expeditions were one of the pioneer dive shops to start experimenting with bonfire diving or placing lights over a shallow reef or drop off to attract plankton.

Heres is a collection of some of my images.

For more information on what Blackwater or bonfire diving is  please visit  Blackwater Night Diving

To see more Blackwater images please visit my Flickr account - Richard Barnden Photography

For more information on Unique Dive Expeditions and our Blackwater night dives in Palau then visit or click on the links below

Unique Dive Expeditions at Sam's Tours

Unique Dive Expeditions on Palau Siren