Blue Hole In Dahab -- Best Snorkeling In Egypt
Dahab in Egypt is one of the most beautiful places to go snorkeling in the world, especially around the blue hole! The blue hole is a truly unique places to admire the underwater world, as it is literally a hole in the ocean floor. With it’s crystal clear waters, wild corals and huge abundance in fish, the blue hole in dahab is a bucket list destination for many snorkel, freedive and scubadiving fans.
- How To Get There
- How Was The Blue Hole Formed
- How To Get Into The Water
- What To Expect From the Marine Life
- Best Time To Visit
- What Do You Need To Bring
- Discover The Blue Hole From Above
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How To Get There
The blue hole is located 8 km towards the North of Dahab in the Gulf of Aqaba. The gulf of Aqaba is an arm of the Red Sea, separating Egypt and Saudi Arabia. From the centre of Dahab it’s only a short 20 minute drive to the blue hole. From your hotel you can get a taxi random from the street or you can ask your hotel to arrange one. A returning taxi drive from Dahab will cost you about 15 euros.
When you’re sitting in the back of one of the taxi vans, expect to feel like a participant of the Dakar Rally, as the driver races over sandy roads with tons of sharp turns and bumps (so much fun!). And don’t forget to look around and admire the wide bare mountain ridges and try to spot some wandering camels in this sandy desert.
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If you want to visit the blue hole in Dahab from Sharm El Sheikh expect a 1,5 hour drive with a taxi, and bring your passport in case of military check points on the way.
In Dahab most people get around by car or bike. Some say you can also cycle to the blue hole, which would be about 1 hour. If you want to do that, make sure you rent a decent bike with proper gears.
How Was The Blue Hole Formed
The blue hole is literally sinkhole in the ocean floor. You can recognise the hole by the deep blue colour compared to the light turquoise water above the corals, hence the name “Blue Hole”.
This blue hole is a real treat for divers, snorkelers and free divers because it is a very unusual spot, easy accessible, in the hole there are little waves and currents and the marine life is exceptional.
In the center this hole get up to a 100 meter deep, but along the edges there is a wide variety of corals and colourful fish. You can perfectly see where the corals lie because this is much lighter colour, this is where you want to go.
How To Get Into The Water
When you arrive at the blue hole, your driver will pick a restaurant where you can sit and from here you jump in and out of the water. The restaurant offer rental snorkelling equipment for about 1 to 3 euros per set.
Depending on the season the water temperature changes. I highly recommend you to bring a snorkelling t-shirt or even a short wetsuit, as it can be quite cold in the water.
The best please to get into the water is on the left side of the blue hole. Walk past all the shops and restaurants, pass the wall covered with death certificates and turn around the corner. Here is a beautiful spot where you can enter the water in between a trench and swim out. I marked the location here. The moment you swim out of the trench you’ll immediately see an oasis of colourful marine life. Alongside the reef there is a very steep coral wall. Swim along the coral wall towards the blue hole and enjoy.
What To Expect From The Marine Life
The blue hole is one of those places which are even better than what you could have hoped for! It feels like jumping into an aquarium at the zoo, so beautiful is this place. The marine life is incredibly abundant with bright pink and yellow corals stacking up along the walls. And fish ranging from fat groupers and parrot fish to cute little clown fish playing hide and seek in their anemones and elegant trumpet fish.
The reef is a busy traffic yam of pink sea goldies and yellow sulpher damsels with a lionfish, clams and eels here and there. So enough to see!
But be careful and don’t try to touch any of the corals or fish are some can be poisonous.
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit the blue hole in Dahab is in the morning. Early in the day the fish are out and active and there are little people.
Between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. many people from Sharm el Sheikh arrive at the blue hole for a day trip. Between 12 and 3 p.m. the blue hole very busy with tons of snorkelers. And don’t forget about the divers, as the blue hole in Dahab is a widely known divers stakeout.
What Do You Need To Bring
When you go snorkelling in the blue hole you need to the following things:
- (Free dive) flippers
- Goggles and snorkel
- Snorkelling UV-shirt or (short) wetsuit
- Sunscreen (Ocean Friendly)
- Action Camera
Discover the Blue Hole From Above
If you are looking for another perspective on the Blue Hole in Dahab, you are in luck! There is a viewpoint where you can gaze at this blue treasure from above (see here).
Walk to the Bedouin Star Restaurant and turn left into an alley. Here you’ll see a toilet building, pass this building on the left and you’ll find yourself a stairs. Climb your way up and enjoy the view.
There are also other paths that lead up, but this spot is the quickest to reach with a view straight on the blue hole.
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