Dean’s Blue Hole is an iconic natural wonder and known to be second deepest salt water blue hole in the world. It’s enclosed on three sides by a cliff face protecting it from wind and wave action. On it’s forth side it faces a beautiful turquoise lagoon with a gorgeous white sand beach that goes on for miles. There is a shallow sandy lip around the edge that plunges down to 663 ft. just beyond the shelf. You can climb to the top of the cliff from either side to jump in or just take in the breathtaking view. On a calm day at low-tide, you can walk all the way out past the blue hole and see out beyond the surrounding cliffs. It’s location makes it easily accessible, there is signage on the main road and small signs to guide you along the way. Free divers from all over the world love this location and practice here for free diving competitions. The free diving world record was set here in April 2007 and it’s also the site of an international free diving competition every year.
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Bring a hat & sunblock; there is no shade around the Blue Hole
If you are not a strong swimmer DO NOT go in the Blue Hole, there are plenty of beaches in this area you can enjoy
Despite it seemingly looking like a normal rock formation there is a lot you can do here. You can walk along the beaches, snorkel and dive, cliff jumping is also an option. There are lots of small fish mainly around the edges of the blue hole. If you walk to the opposite side of the beach there is an area that has a large number of sand dollars and star fish. If you dive down to the first cliff you can watch waterfalls of sand cascade off the edge. There is a floating dock in the center of the hole, used for freediving. People have used this platform for jumping in the water and sunbathing. Most of the time you will be the only person here, it is a great place for reflection and relaxation. I also like to admire the many shades of blue surrounding the area.
How to get there:
Dean’s Blue Hole is located toward the southern end of Long Island, about three miles north of Clarence Town. Access is through the Turtle Cove development. Locate the blue stone wall on the east side of the highway. Take the road all the way to the end, turn right and follow a narrow, winding dirt road to the very end. There is a small parking area and you can walk directly to the blue hole from there.
Have you been to Dean’s Blue Hole before? What is your favorite feature of this natural wonder? Let me know in the comments below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 4th, 2017 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.