The Middle East’s Red Sea is considered the most northern tropical sea on earth. It starts in southern Israel and stretches all the way to the south of Yemen. It’s one of the most diverse parts of the sea and is filled with beautiful and colorful fish and coral. The most amazing part of the Red Sea is the Sinai Peninsula, which should be on the bucket list of every diving enthusiast. The Sinai Peninsula acts as a bridge between Asia and Africa and stretches over about 23,000 square miles.
The Sinai Peninsula got its name due to being the home of the Biblical Mount Sinai, which is one of the most important places in the world for Christians, Jews, and Muslims. It is considered a rich tourist destination, not only because of its beautiful vistas and colorful coral reefs but also due to having deep religious significance and history. The Sinai Peninsula also has what we referred to earlier as a “Blue Hole.” Although it is way smaller in size in comparison to the Great Blue Hole in Belize, it still has a very frightening reputation.
Branson’s Love of Planet Earth
Sociologists have found that the more money a country’s citizens make on average, the more environmentally aware they become. Most people in poor countries are busy surviving and feeding their children, which makes pollution and climate change a secondary priority for them. Someone like Branson has much to be grateful for and works hard to show it. The business mogul has recently started a campaign to dedicate an entire island in the Caribbean to help the endangered ring-tailed lemur species procreate and flourish there.
Branson has also led various other companies to be more environmentally friendly. He hosts an annual Special Award for Environment, which helps motivate the companies, and he is also a member of OceanElders, an organization that constitutes various influential people who are devoted to helping raise awareness for the environment. But what do these highly successful individuals do to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to helping end pollution and reduce climate change?
Celebrities and Influencers for the Rescue
Luckily, many of the world’s most successful and influential individuals have already pledged much of their time and wealth to the environment. These actors, businessmen, and influencers not only donate large portions of their wealth to these causes but also seek to educate young minds on the importance of preserving our environment. The sobering reality of the plastic pollution situation in the Great Blue Hole was just the beginning of what’s actually happening inside our oceans.
Celebrity Leonardo DiCaprio also created a foundation that is devoted to helping boost organizations that seek to clean our earth’s environment. He is the founder of the Plastic Solutions Fund, which seeks to help reduce the consumption of single-use plastic as close to zero as possible. It seems that this trend of environmentalism will only grow over the next few years. Outside of the Great Blue Hole in Belize, there is another ocean crisis that is happening in Egypt. Things there are just as bad, if not worse.
Widely Accessible to All
What made the Great Blue Hole in Belize unique was just how far removed it was from anything in the region. You had to take a long boat ride just to get to it, which meant that there weren’t many visitors there. In contrast, the Red Sea’s Blue Hole, which resides in the Sinai Peninsula, is so easily accessible that you can get to it from the rocky shores of the beach. While Sinai’s Blue Hole is just as captivating and attractive as the one in Belize, it is much more dangerous and potentially fatal to inexperienced divers and unsuspecting tourists.
This attractive area almost calls you to scan it and jump straight in. Everything there looks comfortable and relatively safe, most likely due to its proximity to the beach. This also gives the illusion that because you’re so close to the beach, the water must not be that deep. While it may be true in some areas, it's very much based on your location. Depending on where you enter Sinai’s Blue Hole, you’ll either find yourself in an enjoyable deep dive or in a tough fight for your life.
The main culprit behind Sinai’s Blue Hole's notorious danger is a structure known as “The Arch”. This rocky structure creates a tunnel under the coral reef, it’s a beautiful and dark arch of rocks that stretches into the ocean, providing an exit to the sea. You swim through it to get from the Blue Hole into the open Red Sea, which rests on the other side of the reef. Many divers specifically go into the Blue Hole to have the pleasure of swimming through The Arch, only to find themselves regretting their decision minutes later.
The invisible threat that lurks in these peaceful and beautiful waters is the disorienting effect of The Arch. This passage causes many divers to lose their sense of direction, often making them swim down directly to their deaths. A very common phenomenon in flight is called “vertigo,” which describes a situation where the plane's pilot loses their sense of balance. While we may know about this phenomenon in regards to flying, it also occurs to divers. Nitrogen Narcosis is the illusion’s name, and it doesn’t matter how experienced or talented you may be — this can fatally affect the rest of the dive.