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El Bells

25 Jan 2011 11 years ago
Of trip Dahab Discovery.
Dive 9
OF 27

El Bells to Blue Hole

After a nice surface interval in the sun I felt much better than I did after the first dive at the Canyon.

An easy entry straight into The Chimney, making a loop through a horizontal arch in the wall (known as the bells in homage of the many tanks that hit the walls there). After this little stunt we followed the reef southwards towards The Blue Hole.

The reef wasn't that special. The wall itself was massive and it's easy to imagine that it was once quite spectacular. I couldn't work out whether it's condition was natural or related to damage from divers or coral bleaching.

We saw some bubbles coming up out of the blue from below. I later learned that these were technical divers descending to the sea-side mouth of the tunnel that runs to the inside of the Blue Hole. Further on we saw another diver descending very quickly, checking the schedule strapped to one arm against the watch strapped to the other.

Entering into the blue hole Anwar was approached by a crazy looking snorkeller in speedos, covered in tattoos, who wanted his photo taken. Anwar very calmly obliged, but the moment was too funny to not talk about afterwards. Rick got a great shot of the moment.

dive site operator
Operator :
Dahab Divers
8.5 km from site
recommended
Clear
Dive Profile
Conditions
Entry Shore
Time In 11:54
Surface Calm
Depth
14.3 m (avg)
Depth
28.1 m (max)
52 minutes
Current None
Surge Light
22 °C (water)
Equipment
Tank
210 bar on entry
Regular Air
12 litres Aluminium
Weights
7 kg
Ok
Exposure Protection
Full Body
5 mm
Booties
Too Cold
Buddies
Buddy
Miami, Florida
169
Guide
Anwar