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Gorgon I | Aqaba, Jordan, Red Sea

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True name Gorgon I
Depth Surface to 18m
Conditions Gentle sloping reef, shallow, pinnacles, surface traffic
Visibility Excellent (20m+)
Platform Shore and boat
Level Beginner
Snorkelling? Yes, highly recommended
Other names used Gorgone, Gorgonian

You’re probably going to see the titular Gorgon I on this shallow dive between 3 pinnacles. It’s hard to miss – but you’ll spend plenty of time in the shallows, too. The entire area is carpeted with lush, densely-inhabited corals in clear water at shallow depths, making this a hugely popular destination for divers, snorkelers, and underwater photographers.

And that’s just pinnacle 1.

 Gorgon I Aqaba, Jordan, Red Sea
This giant sea fan is the titular “Gorgon 1”

Cruise amongst the turtles as you swim from pinnacle to pinnacle, each boasting a unique variety of wildlife and stretching from 10m right up to the surface. If you forgot to brush your teeth after breakfast, don’t worry – just stop by the 2nd pinnacle and smile for the busy cleaner shrimps and fish. They’ve got you covered.

 Gorgon I Aqaba, Jordan, Red Sea
Relatively shallow depths and clear waters allow corals to thrive at Gorgon 1 ...

Following the sloping coral downward with emperorfish, glassfish, grouper, lionfish and other colourful company, you’ll pass a third pinnacle and turn left, where the reef begins to flatten out – except for a cabbage coral the size of a house, home to numerous species of reef fish large and small. You’ll find the Gorgone easily: she’s huge and waves imposingly over the active reef below. You’ll see stonefish and lionfish lying in wait, and a nearby table coral is home to a large yellowmouth moray.

 Gorgon I Aqaba, Jordan, Red Sea
... if you can spot it through the incredibly dense fish population.

This site is truly diverse and takes on a whole new life at night.

 Gorgon I Aqaba, Jordan, Red Sea
ProTip: if you’re diving Aqaba’s Gorgon 1, bring a camera!

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