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Dean's Blue Hole

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Divers at Dean's Blue Hole
Beach at Dean's Blue Hole
Beach at Dean's Blue Hole
View of Dean's Blue Hole
View of Dean's Blue Hole
View of Dean's Blue Hole

Dean's Blue Hole dips some 663 feet (203 meters) into the ocean floor right off shore. It is said to be the deepest blue hole in the world, and the second largest underwater chamber. Experts who have dived the site report that it is enclosed on three sides by a natural rock amphitheater and on the fourth side by a turquoise lagoon and powder white beach. There is never any swell or waves inside the hole, and visibility is usually between 50-100 feet (15 - 30m). At the surface the Blue Hole is 80 x 120 feet (25 x 35m), but opens out after 60 feet (20m) into a cavern with a diameter of at least 330 feet (100m). The Freediving World Record was set here in April 2007, and it is also site of the International Free Diving Competition every year. Do not recommend swimming at night.

GETTING TO THE SITE: Head south out of Scrub Hill, then turn left at the sign that says 'Dean's Blue Hole' on the left. Drive through the road and follow the signs until you reach the parking space. Park your vehicle and walk out to Dean's Blue Hole.

Recreational Opportunities

Professional diving and swimming at your own risk. There is no lifeguard on site.

Seasons Accessible

Year Round

Fees: None

Accessibility Notes

Might not be suitable for someone in a wheelchair, because of the loose, sandy/rocky soil. Extreme care should be taken on the path to Dean's Blue Hole.

 Pet Friendly Notes

Pets can run the beach as well as swim with owners on site.

For More Information, Contact:

Bahamas National Trust

P.O. Box N-4105, Nassau,
(242) 393-1317 · fax (242) 393-4978

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Latitude: 23.105062000
Longitude: -75.009112000
Elevation: 13 FT (4 M)
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