We’re normally talking about freediving when we get onto the subject of Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas, but here’s a birds eye view of it from a kite. It really is a lovely place…
These figures are only estimates, but the hole is about 18 m wide at the top, widening to about 75 m the deeper you get and the vertical sides are peppered with tunnels and caves. At 202 m (about 660 ft) it is the world’s deepest known blue hole with seawater and it does not have much wildlife it it – apart from the occasional shark!
Blue Hole Bay, a 180-acre Bahamanian property which includes Dean’s Blue Hole, came up for sale at the beginning of the year – for a mere $24 million. At the moment it is in the “remotest part of the Bahamas” and very unspoiled. Apart from being the mecca of free diving, fisherman and farmers live here and there is very little development. It would be a tragedy if that were to change…
There is controversy over the muted sale I’m glad to say. “The blue hole is not private – it is sea bed and belongs to the government,” said Eric Carey, Executive Director of the Bahamas National Trust. “My view is that the land should not be sold. This should not be sold to a foreigner…” And it seems the Government agrees. “It will remain in the hands of the Bahamian people. We will not get rid of our treasures, it is a part of the Bahamas and we are going to keep it.”
Currently, the blue hole and its beach and diving cliffs can be accessed by anyone wanting to visit the site. Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe said the government hopes to protect sites like Dean’s Blue Hole and possibly even register them with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). “People will always come for sun, sand and sea,” he said. “What gives us the distinction is those unique features and we can’t let them get out of our hands. This is 2013. What is ours we have to hold on to, we have to protect it for the Bahamian people.”
I hope they do keep it and preserve it. Half its beauty is that it is still so natural and unspoiled and not surrounded by a plethora of villas, upmarket houses and hotels! I mean… just look at it…. have you ever seen anything more lovely?
Dean’s Blue Hole, the Bahamas
Now imagine it as an upmarket housing estate? Yurgh!
A Facebook page called “Save Deans Blue Hole Bay” is gaining steam, and if you look at the comments, you’ll see that people are peeved. “Making this natural wonder a private property would be a travesty!!” wrote one commenter. “Has to remain as it is. Wild and free. Like the people who love it,” wrote another.
Photo courtesy of www.ethicaltraveler.org