Diving in Aqaba: Easy and high-quality dives from the beach

Diving in Aqaba is a very interesting experience for the most active tourists. Despite the relatively short length of the Jordanian coastline (about 26 km), there are numerous and varied diving spots, as well as companies that offer this service with total safety. Here you can find more details to dive in Aqaba, something that you can book with your travel package with us.

What is the activity?

Diving in Aqaba is an activity accessible to everyone, both for experienced divers and people who dive for the first time. In general, the diving spots are simple and in many cases an official PADI certification is not necessary, as the depth reached is not excessive, so the dives are very shallow or even in snorkeling mode. However, other spots are more demanding, with coral walls that sink hundreds of meters, so they are reserved for more experienced users.

It should be noted that the characteristics of the Red Sea off the coast of Aqaba are very favorable. There are practically 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 also, the visibility is very wide, ranging from 20 to 45 meters, depending on the area.

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

  • Dives to see colorful corals and marine species, among which clownfish, blue surgeonfish, angelfish and seahorses stand out, as well as larger ones such as sea turtles, napoleon fish, some types of sharks and rays.
  • Dives to see shipwrecks: sunken ships represent a different and fascinating type of dive, not only for their visual and evocative power, but because around them there is an explosion of surprising marine life.

Where to dive in Aqaba

One of the great advantages of diving in Aqaba is that it can be done practically from the beach, accessing the diving spot on foot and by swimming, without the need to get on a boat. To do this, you have to travel to the south of Aqaba and reach the coastal strip between the city and the border with Saudi Arabia. There, most of the Dive Centers are concentrated, which have highly 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 diving spots among those who dive in Aqaba are:

  • Japanese Garden, a spectacular reef of colorful corals, garnished with a huge variety of small fish and even larger marine animals, such as hawksbill turtles.
  • First Bay North: another diving spot that stands out for its variety of colorful species, which also include squids 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 inexperienced or uncertified divers, since normally these types of sunken ships are found tens or hundreds of meters under the sea. Instead, the hull of this wreck can be seen at a depth of just 7 meters below the surface.
  • Other diving spots: although the first three are very popular, especially among novice divers, there are many other diving spots in Aqaba. Some of them are:
    • Power Station
    • First Bay North B
    • First Bay South
    • Ras Al Yemaya B/S
    • King Abdullah’s Reefs
    • Black Rock Rainbow
    • Reef Tarmac Five
    • wreck Tayong Tayong
    • Gorgonia I
    • Gorgonia II
    • The Seven Sisters New Tank
    • Garden of the Eels
    • Shorouk Wreck
    • Yellow Stone Reef
    • Blue Coral B
    • Kiwi Reef

What's included and more details

The services included in a diving activity in Aqaba depend on the provider and the type of experience desired, largely conditioned by the user’s level of experience and certification. The good news is that inexperienced users without a certification can do simple dives (Discover Scuba Diving), of shallow depth (between 7 and 10 meters). The dive 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 of the immersion point, the reservation may or may not include lunch.

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

Furthermore, our agency can contract other related services that Dive Centers usually do not provide, such as private transportation to the coastal location where the activity begins. For all these reasons, we encourage you to contact us if you want to travel to Jordan with the intention of diving in Aqaba, as we can organize the complete experience for you.



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