Diving in Aqaba

Diving in Aqaba: easy and quality dives, from the beach

Diving in Aqaba It is a very interesting experience for the most active tourists. Despite the fact that the Jordanian coastline is relatively short (about 26 km), the dive sites are numerous and varied, as well as the companies that offer this service with total security. Here you can learn more details about scuba diving in Aqaba, something you can book with your travel package with us.

What is the activity?

Diving in Aqaba It is an activity available to everyone, both for expert divers and for people who dive for the first time. In general, the dive points are simple and in many cases it is not necessary to have an official PADI certification, because the depth reached is not excessive, so that the dives are very superficial or even in snorkel mode. However, other points are more demanding, with coral walls that sink hundreds of meters, so they are reserved for more experienced users.

It should be borne in mind that the characteristics of the Red Sea off the coast of Aqaba are very favorable. There are virtually no sea currents, which facilitates dives for novice divers. On the other hand, the water temperature is very pleasant throughout the year: it ranges between 20ºC in winter and 26ºC in summer, approximately. And in addition, visibility is very wide, hovering between 20 and 45 meters, depending on the area.

In general, there are two great options for those who are interested in diving in Aqaba:

  • Dives to spot colorful corals and marine species, including clownfish, blue surgeonfish, angelfish and seahorse, as well as larger turtles such as moray eels, napoleon fish, some type of shark and rays
  • Wreck dives: Sunken ships represent a different and fascinating type of dive, not only because of their visual and evocative power, but because around them arises an explosion of surprising marine life

Where to dive in Aqaba

One of the great advantages of diving in Aqaba It can be done practically from the beach, accessing on foot and swimming to the dive point, without having to get on a boat. To do this, you have to move south of Aqaba and reach the coastal strip between the city and the border with Saudi Arabia. This is where most of the Dive Centers are concentrated, which have very trained and friendly staff, where it is possible to take training courses or simply book a simple dive without certification.

Some of the most famous dive sites among those who practice diving in Aqaba are:

  • Japanese Garden, a spectacular reef of colorful corals, seasoned with a huge variety of small fish and even larger marine animals, such as hawksbill turtles
  • First Bay North: another of the diving points that stand out for their variety of colorful species, which also include squid and lionfish, among others
  • Cedar Pride wreck: sunk in 1982, it is a ship built in northern Spain, with more than 75 meters in length. It represents one of the best opportunities to see a wreck for divers without experience or certification, since normally this type of sunken boats are dozens or hundreds of meters under the sea. On the other hand, the hull of this wreck can be seen just 7 meters from the surface
  • Other dive spots: Although the previous three are very popular, especially among novice divers, there are many other dive sites in Aqaba. These include:
    • Power Station
    • First North Bay B
    • First South Bay
    • Ras Al Yemaya B/S
    • King Abdullah Reefs
    • Black Rock
    • Rainbow Reef
    • Wreck Tarmac Five
    • Tayong Tayong wreck
    • Gorgonian I
    • Gorgonian II
    • The Seven Sisters
    • New Tank
    • Eel Garden
    • Wreck Shorouk
    • Yellow Stones Reef
    • Blue Coral B
    • Kiwi Reef

What's included and more details

The services included in a diving activity in Aqaba They depend on the provider and the type of experience desired, largely conditioned by the degree of experience and certification of the user. The good news is that users without experience or title can perform simple dives (Discover Scuba Diving), shallow depth (between 7 and 10 meters). The monitor guides will explain the basic notions to carry it out.

In addition, the Dive Center usually provides diving or snorkeling equipment, as well as photography and video services. Depending on the duration of the activity and the distance from the dive point, the reservation may include lunch or not.

On the other hand, it is also possible to take training courses with which to obtain certification to perform more demanding dives (PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water)

In addition, our agency can hire other related services that the Dive Center does not usually provide, such as private transportation to the place on the coast from which the activity begins. Therefore, we encourage you to contact us if you want to travel to Jordan with the intention of practicing diving in Aqaba, as we can arrange the full experience for you.



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