There are iconic places around the world which are on snorkeler’s bucket lists: The Blue Hole Egypt is definitely one of them! A great snorkeling, freediving, diving spot, where desert sand meets the crytsal clear water of the Red Sea. Come with us to Dahab and explore Blue Hole Egypt!
Blue Holes around the world and the Blue Hole Egypt, Dahab
What is a blue hole actually? Blue holes are typically found on shallow carbonate platforms. They formed during past ice ages, when sea level was 100-120 meters (330-390 feet) lower than now. Large marine caverns, sinkholes which are open to the surface, have developed in a bank or island composed of carbonate bedrock. These formations were target of erosion from rain and chemical weathering common in all limestone-rich terrains. This ended once they submerged at the end of the ice age. They extend below sea level and may have accesses to submerged cave passages. They typically contain tidally-influenced water of fresh, marine, or mixed chemistry.
The deepest blue hole in the world is the Dragon Hole (South China Sea), it is 300.89 meters (987 feet) deep. 2nd deepest is Dean’s Blue Hole (Bahamas), with underwater entrance at 202 metres (663 ft). Other blue holes are about half that depth at around 100–120 metres (330–390 ft). Famous Blue Holes are: Blue Hole Gozo, Great Blue Hole Belize, Watling’s Blue Hole San Salvador, and of course Blue Hole Egypt, Dahab.
Blue Hole Egypt: info and location
Blue Hole Dahab is one of the 5 most famous blue holes in the world. It is impressive from land, majestic from the water. Accessible by car or by boat.
Tip: it is very easy to get to Blue Hole, you may book a trip by tour operators or just take a taxi! From nearby hotels it’s only 30-40 mins long walk. As there are many good and cheap restaurants on the spot, we recommend to spend the whole day here! Take a walk and have a look to the hole from above! Enjoy snorkeling over stunning reefs, have a snack in a traditional Egyptian restaurant, and try the famous hibiscus tea!
Blue Hole Egypt facts
- 94 m (300 feet) deep
- shallow opening at 6 m (called “Saddle”)
- 26 m long tunnel opens out to open sea at 56 m (184 feet) called “Arch”
Based on local legend, Blue Hole Egypt was cursed by ghost of a girl who drowned herself there to escape from arranged marriage.
Hot spot for
- snorkelers who can enjoy abundance of coral and reef fish
- freedivers because of its depth, easy access and great sea conditions
- divers who want to reach new depths, captivate one of world’s most dangerous dive spot
(Note: to avoid diving fatalities, diving is strictly controlled here. Diving through the „Arch” tunnel only allowed with certified guide, in possess of the right technical diving license)
Common question is, is than Blue Hole Egypt is a dangerous spot? Well, it is not, if you follow safety instruction in the water as usual. Know your limits, be fit, well-trained, and respect the sea because Blue Hole Egypt is one of the most dangerous dive spot, diving\freediving accidents use to happen mostly because of exceeding depth limits. But if you follow the rules, you will have only enjoyable, unforgettable dive/freedive/snorkel trips here.
Blue Hole and Bells: two world class snorkeling spot in Dahab
The city of Dahab
First of all, let me introduce Dahab in a few words: Dahab has a unique atmosphere! Formerly a Bedouin fishing village, Dahab is now considered to be one of Sinai’s most treasured diving, snorkeling destinations. Dahab means gold in Egyptian Arabic, which is reference to the geographic locality: gold washed down from the desert mountains accumulated on the alluvial flood plain where the town was built. Also refers to the colour of the sand.
It has not became a huge, artificial holiday destination, either a piece of paradise where you can have a slice of the “old times”. Take a walk in the small “city centre”, meet the locals, discover the surrounding historical and natural spots! Most visitors to Dahab have been backpackers who wanted to avoid mass tourism, but nowadays this small city meets everyone’s expectations: you find international hotel chains with 5 star resorts as well as lovely guesthouses, sportcamps for freedivers or for windsurfers.
Blue Hole Egypt and Bells
Blue Hole in Dahab is one of Egypt’s most visited snorkeling spot, not by chance! When we arrived to the Blue Hole, it impressed us from the first minute. You see everywhere divers, freedivers during training, or having their well deserved lunch after it, snorkelers swimming over stunning corals. It was like arriving home 🙂
You may get into the water at the Blue Hole, or at the Bells. The Bells is the spot about 200 meters north of the hole, a small crack in the reef-table, perfect entry point for snorkelers! It is recommended to start snorkeling at Bells because of current. Usually the current runs from north to south. There are corals to the left and right and nothing but amazing blue in front of you. You will turn to the right and swim along a fantastic wall with loads of coral overhangs surrounded by the full variety of Red Sea fish. It is worth looking into the blue sometimes as there is a possibility to see some bigger fish. Current will take you slowly to the Blue Hole.
Photos taken at Bells:
If you decide to get into the water at the Blue Hole itself, use the marked entry points. Unfortunately the inner ring is the hole is completely dead, you won’t find any healthy corals. You need to swim to the outer ring to see amazing coral garden! Note that the hole is more than 100 meters deep, you won’t see the bottom if you swim in the middle. If you are a bit scared of depth, follow the ring on the left side which will take you to the outer reef.
Opposite the shore, you find shallow opening called “saddle”, opening out to the sea. This is the most beautiful area, full of vibrant corals and fish! You find here schools of sea goldies, bannerfish, anemonefish, wrasses and groupers. Snorkeling around the Blue Hole Egypt is safe, normally the sea is calm here without strong currents.
Photos taken at Blue Hole:
Photos taken with Nikon AW120