Moon Valley | Aqaba, Jordan, Red Sea

Best Desert Underwater

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True name Moon Valley
Depth 10m to bottomless
Conditions Steeply sloping reef, mild current
Visibility Excellent (20m+)
Platform Shore
Level Beginner to technical
Snorkelling? Yes
Other names used Paradise, Puffer Roc, Ship’s Place

The coverage and variety of soft coral growth here will immediately surprise you – so close to shore and we’re already in a garden of life. As we make our way down the sandy channel through the reef you’ll stop to photograph unicornfish, octopi, rays, humphead wrasse, hawksbills turtles, and dozens of other species. The shallow, clear water is just perfect. But save some space on your card!

 Moon Valley | Aqaba, Jordan, Red Sea
Moon Valley: the marvel of the mysterious deep, and in Aqaba it’s right offshore.

We’re about to pass through shoals of fusiliers and sardines in clear-blue views as we leave the fringing enter Moon Valley, and the best corals are yet to come, down between 15-25m.

 Moon Valley | Aqaba, Jordan, Red Sea
A calm, gently-sloping reef ...

We’ll follow the contour of the reef either to the left or right, depending on the dive and the day. The soft corals down here are truly spectacular and there are quite a few turtles around, as well as some larger pelagic species. Keep an eye on the open blue, too – eagle rays often cruise by and, barracuda are much more common here than in the rest of Aqaba.

 Moon Valley | Aqaba, Jordan, Red Sea
... Moon Valley is packed with exciting surprises, big and small.
 Moon Valley | Aqaba, Jordan, Red Sea
Reef fish and shoals of their predators are everywhere in Moon Valley.

Navigating back is simple – when we’re low on air, we’ll simply follow the contour of the reef back to shore.

This area is clear and bright, swept by a nutrient-rich current that attracts and nurtures all kinds of life. Enjoy.

 Moon Valley | Aqaba, Jordan, Red Sea
And for divers with good buoyancy control and a watchful eye ...
 Moon Valley | Aqaba, Jordan, Red Sea
... Moon Valley’s secret wonders truly unlock.

Just a couple of things:

See how gently the reef slopes – how clear the water is? You have to pay extra attention to your depth gauge here, because it is extremely easy to follow the reef down below your planned depth without noticing. And not much further out, the bottom walls away to blue.

It just so happens there’s a cave down there somewhere, too. If you should find it, do not enter this cave for any reason. Aqaba is a great technical diving destination and full of knowledgeable, experienced divers – this cave is unexplored territory because it is unsafe to enter no matter what training you have. Leave it alone


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