The Blue hole - a dive site first and foremost :)

Red Sea, Egypt

"The Red Sea is a corridor of marvels - the happiest hours of my diving experience have been spent there". Jacques Cousteau, undersea explorer and the father of the silent world

"Have you ever swam out in the sea and not been able to see the bottom? All you can feel is the freezing cold water beneath your feet, all you see is dark blue water extending to infinity.

The Blue hole, Dahab
Imagine for one second descending into the blue, deeper and deeper with every kick and breath. The adrenaline kicks in and as the pressure builds, water compresses your chest. You’re scared, but there is something strangely inviting about the descent that makes it feel like you’re travelling to the center of the Earth. Looking ahead and all around you can see only a wall that drops for meters into the blackness below, and it is inviting, alluring. Welcome to the world of blue holes." - Linda, the sea explorer.
There are a number of blue holes across the globe, but only a few are frequented by divers. One of the five best in the world is Dahab's Blue hole. 

The Blue hole, Dahab
Dahab's Blue hole is located about 15 minuts outside of town by car. What you will see is a large crater style hole along the edge of the reef wall. It is a kind of submarine cave around 130 m deep. There's a shallow opening, around 6 m deep, known as "the saddle", going out to the see. Also tunnel which lies at a depth of 56m, known as  "the arch", 26m long. Tech divers come from all over the world to dive the Arch - a very challenging dive. 

(video: The first no fins, no suit freedive through the Arch, a 30m long tunnel connecting Dahab's Blue Hole to the Red Sea at a depth of 55m - William Trubridge, the world record holder in unassisted freediving)

Even though the wind and waves of the Red Sea can be rough, the Blue Hole is sheltered by reef and all you feel is a weak surface current, if any disturbance at all. The visibility is always in excess of 15 metres and on shore you will find toilets, change rooms and a selection of café-like restaurants serving hot lemon, bedouin tea and a delicious meal after a good day of freediving and snorkling.

Excellent conditions and depths make Dahab's Blue hole one of the world's famous dive sites and a magnet for freedivers.

In the 1960's, the Red Sea was famed by Jacques Cousteau - french inventor, engineer, explorer, naturalist, poet, and father of the undersea world. The story says that the entrance to the Blue hole was created by Captain Cousteau dynamiting the reef to get his ship in.

The Blue Hole, Dahab
The Blue Hole, Dahab
Dahab, The Blue hole
All in a must dive and snorkling site, you can not miss while in Dahab :)

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