If you’re already a diver – and maybe even if you’re not – the Red Sea needs no introduction. You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t agree: the diving here is vibrant, diverse, and absolutely spectacular. And the Gulf of Aqaba is one of the most popular dive destinations in the entire world.
Choose from over 20 Aqaba dive sites, all within just minutes of Arab Divers and all accessible either from shore or by boat, depending on your preference. You’ll find something for every level here, whether you’re a recreational or technical diver. Marine life is healthy and there’s something to see at every depth.
Some of Aqaba’s dive sites are known by different names, depending on your dive center of choice. This has caused some confusion in the past, so Arab Divers has created a detailed map of each using only the real, official dive site names.
The best diving in Aqaba is mostly toward the south, away from the busy international port to the north, and especially in Aqaba Marine Park, where wildlife protection helps keeping reefs and their inhabitants clean and pristine along a full 7km of coastline.
Visibility almost always exceeds 20m, and is often much better. Aqaba enjoys year-round diving in warm waters – 26 degrees in summer 20 degrees in winter – and air temperature very rarely drops below 21 degrees during the day. It can get pretty hot – more than 40 degrees – but this only makes the sea breeze from the gulf feel more refreshing.
Almost all dive sites are equally stunning for snorkelers and freedivers, too.
The famous sites are close to our location and easy accessible from shore. Snorkeling from shore is available for anytime during the day without depending on guided tours.
Our boat snorkeling trips include lunch and professional-quality snorkeling gear. We launch every Friday, leaving the dock at 10:00 am and returning to base by about 4:00 pm with at least 2 different snorkeling destinations along the way.There are some truly amazing spots here for beginning snorkelers and advanced freedivers alike. You have to see it to believe it!
We’re most famous for our spectacular pinnacles and sloping reefs. You’ll find some impressive wrecks here, too, and for those with appropriate training penetration is possible. Technical diving is increasing in popularity as our clear water means that reefs extend well below recreational depths.
Night diving is hugely popular here because our dive sites are so easily accessible and completely change their characters when the sun goes down. Some of our sites have a medium-strength current and drifting along a spectacular wall that fade into the beautiful blue is an experience you’ll never forget.
Diving here is relatively easy, but it’s also possible to experience an adventurous challenge if you have or would like to begin the training you need to master more advanced conditions.
There’s truly something for everyone here – you can spend an entire week diving, and enjoy unforgettable experiences on different sites.
Aqaba is an underwater photographer’s dream, especially if you’re into macro life. Many divers end up so fascinated by just a tiny section of reef they spend their entire dives exploring it - and surface with hundreds of incredible photos of shrimp, crabs, nudibranchs, anemones and other reef-dwellers.
Fishes are varied and plentiful on all reefs, including all the usual suspects: damsels, parrotfish, butterflyfish, anthias and more. Larger species are less common in the region (shark sightings are rare), but groupers, rays and napoleons are well-represented.
Cuttlefish, squid and octopi are fairly common in Aqaba, especially at night. Our wrecks (including a tank!) are home to an impressive variety of life that surprises most divers the first time.
We encourage all divers to take extra care with buoyancy control in Aqaba. Our ecosystem is healthy and strong, but like any reef, that delicate balance can be easily upset by accidental damage. We truly consider our aquatic environment a treasure, and treat it accordingly.