Blue Hole Diving

Blue Holes have an alluring magnetism for all Scuba Divers. Blue Holes tempt advanced divers from all around the world to undergo this wonderful experience. Experience in deep diving is nescessary. What is a Blue Hole?

It is a submarine vertical cave called because of its dark blue colour of waters. Usually Blue Holes are very, very deep and roundish in shape. These Blue Holes were formed during the ice-ages when the sea-level was much lower than nowadays. Why are these Blue Holes so appealing for divers? Those bold spirits are looking for an adrenalin rush by ways of the stunning beauty that these Blue Holes provide. Deep and bottomless Blue Holes makes these great attractions for divers. There are no beautiful fishes or nice coral in Blues Holes; you can see only vertical walls, sunshine on the surface-if you look up and dark blue- down as one looks down. The only things you can contemplate are limestone stalactites and stalagmites appearing here and there due to the natural chemical weathering processes. Only those very experienced in deep diving can dive these Blue Holes.
What should you know before diving into a Blue Hole?

First of all: plan your dive and dive your plan. Limit your depth and check your divecomputer more regularly than you would during a normal dive. Avoid decompression diving.

The second thing is your health. You have to know your limitations and be aware of nitrogen narcosis symptoms with you and your dive-buddy.

Good buoyancy control is another aspect you must have before diving Blue Holes.

There are some famous Blue Holes well known in the diving fraternity. For example, The Great Blue Hole Lighthouse Reef Atoll in Belize is one of them. Its depth is over 120 metres. This particular Blue Holes became world famous thanks to a French naval officer, explorer and scientist Jacques-Yves Cousteau as he placed it into the 10 top list of Blue Holes for scuba diving.

Even though this hole is situated away from civilisation as its about 96 km from Belize, however, it still remains today as one of the most popular holes for recreational scuba diving.

Divers have an opportunity to dive into the crystal clear water and meet several species of fish, like nurse-sharks, giant groupers, Caribbean reef shark and the Blacktip sharks.

Another interesting Blue Hole is located on east Sinai, a few kilometres north of Dahab in Egypt- on the coast of the Red Sea. The Hole is around 130 metres deep. At the depth of 52-55 metres you can see the beautiful Arch; this has now been well documented in film and is a remarkable site to see.  The Hole itself and the neighbouring area has an abundance of reef fish and beautiful corals.

Blue Holes are a wonderful piece of nature on our Planet. They are beautiful, mysterious but can be perilous for human beings. Let us take care of the Blue Holes as well as taking care of our dives while we visit them!

jadesmith said:

The Blue Hole is more of dive destination but it also offers excellent snorkeling around the rim of the hole. We did a day trip out to The Blue Hole with Amigos Del Mar tour company and also stopped at Half Moon Caye and The Aquarium. The divers were not very impressed with the diving at Blue Hole, however the snorkeling was fantastic.

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