Water Colours of Egypt's Blue Hole Gulf of Aqaba, Egypt
Slightly north of the town of Dahab, you’ll come across this popular dive site in the Red Sea. Even if there wasn’t a cluster of buildings on the stretch of beach that meets the desert announcing you’d arrived, you’d still notice it on approach. Just metres off the shore and surrounded by a shallow reef, this is one patch of seriously royal blue.
The reason for the eye-catching change of colour is an underwater sinkhole more than a hundred metres deep. There’s an abundance of coral and marine life on the walls of the hole, making it a very inviting spot for divers and snorkellers. But don’t be fooled by the calm conditions if you’ve strapped a tank to your back. Plenty of divers have come unstuck here, trying to go far deeper than they should to find the underwater arch that leads to the open ocean.
- Stunning snorkelling and diving with vertical coral walls surrounding the sink hole, with large shoals of surgeonfish, butterflyfish, and Red Sea bannerfish can be viewed
- In the Blue Hole, there are no disturbing currents and the water is calm, clear and temperate
- The underwater cathedral is the Red Sea’s most popular dive sites, but it is also one of the most dangerous dive sites on the planet. Know your limitations, and never dive alone
Diving from US$24.