Egypt: Red Sea - Dive Sites - Green Hole

Green Hole



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59km (37 miles) north of Quseir on the Red Sea coast


By jeep from Quseir, then a reef entry from shore

Average Depth:

20m (65ft)

Maximum Depth:

25m (80ft)

Average Visibility:

20m (65ft)

This dive begins with a decent to about 9m (30ft) through a submerged, greenish hole in the reeftop. The dive continues from the bottom of the entry hole, past a pair of coral pinnacles with rich growth of soft corals, down a steeply sloping valley or canyon. This canyon drops to depths of 35m (115ft), and is bordered on both sides by a gently sloping reef.

Coral growth is excellent on the reef face and there is a good range of reef fishes to observe, while in the open, blue eagle rays are frequently sighted and dolphins occasionally come in for a curious look at divers.

The best plan for this dive is to drop down the canyon to your maximum depth, then turn left along the reef face for a leisurely swim until you reach a large coral block 20-25m (65-80ft). At this point, turn back and begin gradually ascending, and finish off the dive with an exit through the green hole to the reeftop. Be aware that visibility can be poor in the hole and the reeftop surge area generally, and make sure to maintain a good reserve of air in case you need to deal with currents or strong runout during your exit.

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Last Updated: May 30th, 2011