Blue Hole

Also known as Great Blue Hole

Sea (Salt water)
Coral Reef, Wall, Historical Significance
21 m (avg)
300 m (max)
Diver Level
Advanced Only

The Blue Hole in Dahab is one of the most famous (and infamous) dive sites in the world. It is a submarine sinkhole that is approximately 130m/420ft deep.

The Good

Entry to the Blue Hole is from shore into a dive site with fantastic coral and rock formations and the bottom over 100m below. This alone makes it a pretty unique experience. Combine this with doing a surface interval in one of the nearby cafes enjoying mint tea with camels strolling by and it becomes a real pleasure. If you are lucky you will be able to see freedivers preparing for one of the frequent competitions in the area.

The Bad

The Blue Hole is deep and for new divers it can be one of their first experiences without being able to use the bottom as a reference. Unfortunately, the ominous reputation that is sometimes associated with the Blue Hole is largely based on poor decisions. The Arch is a passage to the open sea that starts at approximately 55m/180ft. Divers have attempted to find the arch which is well beyond recreational limits without the proper training or equipment and have met with their demise. Do not let stories like those keep you away from the Blue Hole. Dived properly it is a wonderful site.

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