Exceptional Diving Sites: The Blue Hole, Egypt
Egypt is best known for the Pyramids, Sahara Desert, and Nile River. Its historical places and sites of world wonders are the main attractions to those who visit the ancient country. However, carved into a reef, the Blue Hole of Egypt is one of the world’s most infamous dive site. The Blue Hole is a 120-metre-deep (about 394 feet) sinkhole and has a title under its own belt, “The Divers’ Cemetery”. We will get to that as we uncover what is underneath the deadly sinkhole located near the, ironically, calming shore.
Every day, divers who visit this magnificent city of Dahab in Egypt would travel to this site via their jeeps or camels. As you arrive by the shore, you will be greeted by a hand-painted sign that reads “EASY ENTRY, BLUE HOLE” and an arrow pointing towards the direction of the deadly hole. Don’t be surprised when you see visitors who are diving without proper diving suit and equipment as The Blue Hole is popular for freediving because of its direct accessibility from shore and the lack of current.
Nonetheless, this is not to be tried by the fainthearted or untrained. It is still regarded as one of the world's most dangerous diving spot, earning the submarine sinkhole the gloomy moniker 'Divers' Cemetery.' Over 150 divers are claimed to have died. Their names are engraved on commemorative plaques placed in a mountain face near the dangerous dive spot. One of them was Yuri Lipski. The Russian-Israeli diving instructor became a household figure after shooting his own death on a helmet camera in 2000, making him the most famous scuba fatality in the Blue Hole.
All divers are certified based on their abilities and experience, so please dive responsibly and adhere by the diving rules. However, if you are qualified enough, there is an arch you can swim through The Blue Hole that leads to open water. A dive to the arch, with depth of about 60 metres (about 187 feet), would therefore require you to be trimix course trained.
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If you dive too deep into this ‘bottomless’ undersea sinkhole, the conditions underneath you will cut you off from natural sunshine. You might not be able to see anything at this moment. The lights you pack as part of your dive can only help you with navigation or avoid hitting a wall. Aside from that, you'd be quite restricted. The Twelf-X Sky and Ocean collections, as shown above, do, however, come with a luminous Superluminova lighting solution. The watch's hour/minute hands and hour markings will light brightly under water as a result of this. With Twelf-X, keeping track of the time in such a challenging situation will be a breeze.