the Blue Hole

40+ Deaths and counting.

One of the more unique places to dive in Egypt is ‘the Blue Hole’ on the Sinai Peninsula.
Half an hour drive out of Dahab, the Blue Hole is around 130m deep, and regarded as one of the Worlds Most Dangerous Dive Sites.

Before you run off and put a lifejacket on, to snorkle and scuba dive around the edge is completely(?) safe, and most of the deaths are generated in trying to locate and navigate what is known as ‘the Arch’.
An underwater tunnel that connects the outside wall of the Blue Hole, to the inside.

Entry to the Arch begins at a depth of 56m, which is straight up beyond recreational diving limits, and how most people end up as a memorial plaque on the wall.

En route.

I love diving here for one reason – the generally entry for a Blue Hole dive is via another dive spot a hundred meters away called ‘the Bells’ – appropriately named because everyone clanks their tanks on the rocks upon entry
And the great thing about ‘the Bells’?
Its basically a straight drop down a shaft of rock/reef, until you pop out through a little window 27m down 🙂
I could float around doing that until I sucked my tank dry, up, down, up, down.
I don’t give a shit about all the fish and bright coral that you swim past the for the rest of the dive, dropping like a brick down that shaft is where its at!

Diving around the Blue Hole itself is amazing too, because it IS so Blue, its easy to loose all orientation, and no matter which way you look, its just a seamless blend of blue. Like your stuck inside and edge-less room of nothing-ness
Watching your bubbles float up can be the only way you know where the top is.

Walking to ‘the Bells’

Entry to ‘the Bells’ – straight down that little crack in the reef.

If your not scared of water, go to the Blue Hole.
And if you are, just wear bright clothes so they can find your body easily.

4 Responses to “the Blue Hole”

  1. 1 soulspring July 18, 2010 at 3:30 am

    Amazing blues in the sky and sea! Especially against the earthy sand and mountains and camels. Such a dare-devil…sounds like a great experience…Peace…

  2. 2 Tink November 9, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    The Blue Hole is a favourite dive site for many reasons. It truly is amazing. I would just like to point out to leavemehere – that a lot of us have lost friends and family. Not just for the reasons that you give. I’m glad you enjoyed Dahab but next time think about the ones who are not the memorial plaques but our friends are.

  3. 3 Glyn Wilson June 16, 2011 at 2:32 am


    Not everyone is aware of how people have died here.

    Some have chose to die there and some have been accidents, some untrained and some very unfortunate.

    Please don’t have a go, the one thing about the Sinai peninsula is the warmth and friendly mentality between all people from all nations.

    I found the blog to be interesting and informative

    *peace and respect*

  1. 1 Dahab « Leave Me Here.. Trackback on July 21, 2010 at 12:46 am

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