Diving is unlike any other sport around.
Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned pro, there’s always an infinite well of curiosity within you that begs to explore more waters.
But are you ready to dive the Blue Hole in Dahab, Egypt?
On the east coast of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, divers and snorkelers make their way through a camel or jeep ride around the coral-lined scenery and into the 394-foot deep underwater sinkhole.
Any explorer who didn’t do his/her homework may be in for some serious danger. Upon the waters’ edge, one can see a faded sign that says, “EASY ENTRY – BLUE HOLE” that’s even decorated with pictures of fish and dolphin. However, it’s deceitfully just a few feet from the gut-wrenching sinkhole.
Don’t get us wrong. The Blue Hole may be known as the world’s deadliest dive site but it’s also one of the most interesting ones. It’s adorned with unusual structures that lead to an 85-foot long passage, a horizontal tunnel or the deepest, darkest area where there’s very little chance of survival. It’s easy to lose one’s way and be captivated by its beauty. Breathtaking marine life and majestic fish species make you forget any sense of time or depth.
People have lost their lives descending deeper into the Blue Hole. In fact, one of the most famous deaths in the area is that of Russian diver Yuri Lipski. At 300 feet deep, he was subjected to nitrogen narcosis and paved the way for hallucinations and poor judgment to overcome him.
As if it couldn’t get eerier, Lipski’s final moments can be viewed on YouTube courtesy of the footage they found on his helmet camera.
So word of caution: Be extra careful should you find yourself in the Blue Hole. Its unforgiving beauty may consume you, and not the way you want it to.