A freediving mecca in the Bahamas
Plunging to a depth of 202 metres in a bay west of Long Island capital Clarence Town, Dean’s Blue Hole is the second largest of its kind in the world.
Most blue holes – essentially giant underwater caverns – reach a maximum depth of 110 metres, making this natural phenomenon in the Bahamas quite spectacular. And not only does Dean’s Blue Hole stand out for its size, but also its unique appearance.
Unlike other sinkholes, which look like giant ponds, this one is connected to the Atlantic through an inlet on one side and framed by stunning cliffs and white-sand beaches lapped by shimmering turquoise waters on the other.
Such a spectacular setting makes the blue hole a must-visit when on a luxury yacht charter around the archipelago. Superyacht-goers can simply take the tender ashore and spend a dreamy day on the beach. But not just a pretty face, the site also offers plenty of action.
Superyacht-goers can simply take the tender ashore and spend a dreamy day on the beach- but it's not just a pretty face and the site also offers plenty of action.
The water at Dean’s Blue Hole is extremely clear and on good days visibility can reach 35 metres. Couple this with the rich array of marine creatures that frequent the spot, such as groupers, snappers and turtles, and it’s clear why scuba divers love the place.
A sandbar also runs along the blue hole’s outer edge, which is the perfect launching point for snorkelers and swimmers. A hub of colourful fish and coral, the rim has a diameter of around 35 metres, while 20 metres below the surface it extends to about 100 metres wide.
Those with a more daring disposition can even try freediving. An annual contest (the Vertical Blue Free Diving Competition) is held every year and attracts big crowds to this Caribbean wonder, where they can witness expert divers try to delve deep into the blue hole. The amphitheatre-style natural setting enables spectators to unwind in one of many idyllic coves and take in the courageous feat.
Dean's Blue Hole
Dean's Blue Hole,