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  • trilochansaini
    Riyadh Province, Saudi Arabia747 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vacation in Egypt - Dahab
    Incredible view. The road to the blue hole is a total mess but the view makes up for the bad experience. The security around is well managed and the safety is also taken care. You can rent life jackets from the sitting area managed by restaurants. You have to negotiate first. Make it early in the morning - opens @ 9am - to avoid the rush in the noon and afternoon. You will enjoy in less rush
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Karen F
    Henlow, United Kingdom417 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent scuba dive - shame about all the rubbish
    Only Technical Dicers and free divers can descend into the Blue Hole (110m deep). It’s too deep for recreational divers. Rec divers have a short walk to the Bells for an narrow open fronted vertical canyon that you exit at 27-28m. Then it’s a gradual ascent along a coral wall to the “saddle” of the Blue Hole (a dip in the coral at its outer rim). We skirted around the outside of the Blue Hole at 7-9m and saw all the free divers in the middle - fascinating as it never seen free divers practicing before. Excellent scuba dive. Shame about all the rubbish on the shore line. So many plastic bottles and other rubbish. Such an shame the Egyptians don’t look after the ocean as it’s such a tourist attraction and supposedly in a nature reserve.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Cheryl H
    27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing !
    Our hotel in Dahab organised a day trip to the Blue Hole for us without any problems . The journey from Dahab was about 20mins. The place itself had a few restaurants and areas where you could chill and watch the sea , the restaurant where we left out things whilst in the water was very welcoming and friendly. One of my friends was diving and myself and another friend was snorkelling . It was busy but my snorkelling experience was absolutely amazing ! Loved every second of it , the reef was beautiful and unspoilt. Snorkelling across the blue hole was an unforgettable experience . I didn’t need to wear flippers or a life jacket and don’t once feel unsafe with currents etc , my friend wore a life jacket as she isn’t a particularly strong swimmer . The memorials to the deceased divers were a sad reminder of how dangerous diving here is , my friend who dived explained that he could see why divers go out of their safe depth as he at 39 feet was tempted to keep trying to get nearer the arch . All in all I had a 5/5 experience , yes the place had a bit of litter it’s sad to see , but the litter problem seems to be everywhere I saw in Egypt. I didn’t see any litter in the sea at Blue Hole which was good . I watched the freedivers whilst snorkelling too and amazed how graceful they are.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 18, 2023
  • dead g
    Oradea, Romania22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A memorable day at the blue hole with Ahmed
    In December I visited Sharm El Sheick with my family and we was looking for a day trip to Blue Hole in Dahab After a quick research I choose to go with private tour and guide instead a group tour It was a best decission because I find Ahmed who make our day incredible. He give us a best price and all communication it was easy on WhatsApp +20 101 844 0161 In the morning of the trip Ahmed came to our hotel with his car and we started towards to Blue Hole. On the road he tell us a lot of interesting information about what we see and show us a great book with fish and corals from Red Sea After about one hour we arrived at Blue Hole. There Ahmed gives us a wet suit, snorkeling equipment and we jump in water. It was like heaven. A lot of beatifull fish and corals with very intens colors. We have been in many places for snorkeling but here it was the best. Ahmed took a lot of photos and videos with us and with beautifull fish and corals. After a while we got out of the water and Ahmed offered us an authentic lunch at one of the terraces on the shore and at the end we drank a tasty cup of tea The second part of the day was dedicated to the colored canyon, but I will write a separate review for this At the end of the day Ahmed drove us safely to our hotel For the wonderful experience and for the best price, I wholeheartedly recommend Ahmed. You can contact him on his WhatsApp number +20 101 844 0161
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 9, 2024
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Inga H
London, UK44 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The world-famous dive site has transformed to a tourist trap and a complete noisy, dirty mess. You get charged just to enter but it's a mystery where all these tourist $ go, the site is overcrowded by 'snorkelers' who arrive in tourist buses and most of them can't even swim. They kick around in their floats and then crowd around dirty 'cafes' alongside the site. It was really horrible. if you are a diver, ask your dive club to take you early in the morning.
Written January 8, 2023
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Karen L
67 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
First of all this is a protectorate and it takes money from each vehicle and person that enters and yet the road, sorry dirt tack, is appauling and really only suitable for trucks, jeeps or 4 by 4s. It was not enjoyable and clearly uncared for.

Whe you each the area of the blue who itself its like a shanti town. There is a fine balance between natural and uncared or and sadly the second is true here. There are only a few cafes righ before the mountain where you walk around to enter the blue hole that are working and we're full of people between dives and snorkeling trips.

I absolutely love Dahab with a passion, the freedom and unpretentiousnes of it, but I did not enjoy being in this are at all.

Unless you book a guide or follow a group, it's hard to know where to enter and to be honest, and sadly, I felt it was more effortvthat it was worth.

I'm sure I'd have loved the snorkeling had I got in at the right point, but it was just chaotic there and it really was not a pleasent experience for me.

Such a shame but I couldt wait to get awa from there so top tip, book a tour, and a snorkeling guide or diving instructor to show you the way as otherwise its just a bit of a mare and it's just not a nice place surrounding it.
Written July 9, 2021
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Werghie
Manchester, UK218 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
Whilst this is an exceptional and unusual reef, it is in great danger of being wrecked. Hundreds of snokellers, some of whom can hardly swim, are let loose of the reef everyday, slowly but surely causing damage. Amazingly it is still in pretty good shape at the moment, but I worry for the future.
There is now a $10 fee to visit - I'm not sure where that money is going, but it should be spent on looking at ways to educate visitors and so preserve the reef for the future. Fingers crossed....
Written July 23, 2022
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NatashaWEg
Mijas, Spain312 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We went in Jan.2020 with a group of divers to the Blue hole.
Its about 1 1/2 hour drive from Sharm el Sheik.
It was nice to dive there but way too many people, divers snorklers, trying to get in at the same time.
Lots of plastic!!! Floting in the sea and on the coastline its full with rubbish.
Thats really shamefull.
Written January 3, 2020
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Jay
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Unless you wanna spent 50 USD per person (or more) and be ripped off to see a half destroyed coral littered with rubbish and horrible cafes. Coming in your own taxi to avoid a trip will also land you similar extra fees and all this rubbish.
Do not visit. Tourist trap with scammy nonsenses. Never again. Sort it out Eypgt

This place should be protected. It will be gone in 5/10 years

Get tae
Written March 5, 2023
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Karen F
Henlow, UK417 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Only Technical Dicers and free divers can descend into the Blue Hole (110m deep). It’s too deep for recreational divers. Rec divers have a short walk to the Bells for an narrow open fronted vertical canyon that you exit at 27-28m. Then it’s a gradual ascent along a coral wall to the “saddle” of the Blue Hole (a dip in the coral at its outer rim). We skirted around the outside of the Blue Hole at 7-9m and saw all the free divers in the middle - fascinating as it never seen free divers practicing before. Excellent scuba dive. Shame about all the rubbish on the shore line. So many plastic bottles and other rubbish. Such an shame the Egyptians don’t look after the ocean as it’s such a tourist attraction and supposedly in a nature reserve.
Written July 26, 2023
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Cheryl H
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
Our hotel in Dahab organised a day trip to the Blue Hole for us without any problems . The journey from Dahab was about 20mins.
The place itself had a few restaurants and areas where you could chill and watch the sea , the restaurant where we left out things whilst in the water was very welcoming and friendly.
One of my friends was diving and myself and another friend was snorkelling .
It was busy but my snorkelling experience was absolutely amazing ! Loved every second of it , the reef was beautiful and unspoilt. Snorkelling across the blue hole was an unforgettable experience .
I didn’t need to wear flippers or a life jacket and don’t once feel unsafe with currents etc , my friend wore a life jacket as she isn’t a particularly strong swimmer .
The memorials to the deceased divers were a sad reminder of how dangerous diving here is , my friend who dived explained that he could see why divers go out of their safe depth as he at 39 feet was tempted to keep trying to get nearer the arch .
All in all I had a 5/5 experience , yes the place had a bit of litter it’s sad to see , but the litter problem seems to be everywhere I saw in Egypt. I didn’t see any litter in the sea at Blue Hole which was good .
I watched the freedivers whilst snorkelling too and amazed how graceful they are.
Written September 19, 2023
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Amyce24
Bristol, UK161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
Fabulous dive at El Bells with a very sobering wall of “heroes”. Don’t stay for long, just come in to dive or snorkel. We didn’t dive the Blue Hole for clarity, few people do, but El Bells which exits via the Blue Hole is utterly spectacular. Only really recommended to advanced divers with a fair few dives under their belt as the head down descent is challenging.
Written March 12, 2023
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worldsmymuse
Chicago, IL316 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Spectacular snorkeling! A lot of hard coral and whole schools of colorful fish, many small "giant clams" showing their curvy phosphorescent mouths. Incredible visibility (in Dec.), huge variety. Delightful. I will say there's probably a better way than to pay a fair amount per person to get up their from Dahab . . . especially since they often want to charge you extra for a wet suit (needed, just a shorts one), but they do provide snorkel mask and pipe. Some guides take you to better restaurants than others, as well. But the good news is no one's in a hurry. I actually spent close to 3 hours in the water since we had a private driver.
Written January 15, 2023
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Travkel27
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Would give the reef itself 5 stars, fantastic visibility and so many beautiful species to see. Low rating given based on the “tour” experience and the use of child labour(?).

The tour itself was enjoyable but quite rushed and disorganised. Once in the water we had a great time but unfortunately the beaches were covered in litter.

It’s great that eco-tourism is bringing work and money into the area but without sustainable practice this won’t be a reliable industry for future generations.

I was also shocked to see so many children working - we were driven around by a boy that we were told was 10 years old (he was likely closer to 8 years of age). This left us with a lot of questions …….
Written October 27, 2022
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