When to go diving
The Blue Hole, natural wonder of Egypt
The Blue Hole is undoubtedly one of the best dive sites in Egypt and one of the most famous in the world. Its natural formation is exceptional and the blue hole fascinates as much as it worries. Located just 8 kilometers 20 minutes north of Dahab, a charming small resort on Sinai, the snorkeling spot attracts divers and apneists from around the world. Accessible from the shore, this gigantic underwater pit sinks to more than 100 meters of depth. At a depth of 56 meters, you have the opportunity to cross a gigantic arch 30 meters long that leads to the ocean and a drop off that is more than 700 meters deep. Here, the feeling of fragility faced with the majesty of the natural elements, leaves speechless. You will understand that this part of the dive can not be carried out without a great experience and a suitable material. Numerous divers lost their life trying to cross the ark and descending deeper that they should have. It is therefore important to be very careful!
The most popular dive site in Dahab
To explore the upper part of the Blue Hole, two options are available. The first is to start diving at another dive site located a hundred meters upstream: “The Bells”. From there, you follow a beautiful coral reef until you reach “Saddle”, one of the shallow passages to the Blue Hole. Once inside, one admires the intense blue of the water while watching down the freediving trainers. The second option is to start directly from the Blue Hole and then exit through the Saddle opening and finish the dive a little further on the reef. These two circuits are only accessible to level 2 divers or advanced open water for two main reasons: the current may be important in and outside the blue hole and inexperience can lead to a risky behaviors on a dive deemed dangerous.
Fauna and flora
Scuba diving in Dahab is truly worth it! Biodiversity is amazing around the Blue Hole dive site. On the magnificent coral reefs mostly composed of hard corals, sponges, anemones and gorgonians, large varieties of tropical fish groupers, moray eels, scorpionfish, clown fish, balistes, diodons, nudibranchs, octopus …. Outside of the Blue Hole, it is relatively common to see schools of trevallies, turtles and manta rays. Some say they even saw a hammerhead shark at the level of the arch. Good dive!