Aqaba is located on the most northern end of the Gulf of Aqaba, an extension and nearly enclosed part of the Red Sea. Surrounded from desert countries as Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia the Gulf of Aqaba hides it's treasures beneath the calm, dark blue surface. Many tourists visiting the countries for their religious importance and the ancient cultures which settled here since thousands of years, the Egyptians, Nabataeans, Greeks and Romans used the natural resources like frankincense,myrrh,bitumen,natron and copper.
Today visitors of Jordan enjoy the warm Bedouin hospitality, amazing hiking tours in Wadi Rum, Wadi Mujib and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World – Petra. Still over shaded from well known diving destinations like Sharm el Sheik, Dahab and Eilat developed Aqaba in the last 20 years a solid structure of dive centers to serve divers and snorkelers all over the world. Artificial wrecks added more attractions to the pristine coral reefs and many underwater photographers spending their annual holidays here to catch the prize winning shots of rare critters and fish species.
Unfortunately the most tourists are not aware about the wonders in the sea and planning a half day or 1 day stay in Aqaba between the other breathtaking attractions of Jordan. What is really a shame, more than 9 kilometers of fringing coral reefs waiting for snorkelers and divers alike for exploration. 20 different hot spots like Cedar Pride, Japanese Garden and the Tank offering world class snorkel and dive sites few meters from the shoreline.
Snorkeling in Aqaba is an easy accessible way to get a glimpse on the coral reefs without long preparation or transportation. From the beach you enter with your mask and snorkel, when you have done your fins float in the salty waters. The high salinity provides for basic swimmers positive buoyancy and the coral reefs are close to shore, there is no need to swim long distances in deep water. Together with calm conditions, no waves and nearly no currents Aqaba's South Beach is a paradise for beginners to start snorkeling. A huge ship wreck and a submerged airplane wreck inviting the advanced snorkeler and free diver to dive down in the blue and spend some minutes in this quiet world.
Arab Divers location on the South Beach is convenient for dedicated Scuba divers to enjoy up to three dives a day without having long distances to cover. With nearly all dive sites on our door step a day full of adventures is guaranteed. Beginners can start in the shallow and follow the gentle slope to moderate depths. The wrecks are available for divers from Open Water Diver on and a safe challenging experience without hazards. Professionals are keen on the opportunity to find rare species on every dive, like Anglerfish, Sea horse, Stonefish and other creatures. Without getting bored you can spend a week discovering different places away from the crowd on other destinations.
Of course, there is always the option for a Try dive, a Scuba experience in the Red Sea under permanent supervision of an instructor. You need approximately 2 hours with the preparation and briefing to get underwater and discover the habitats of colorful fish, corals in all kind of shapes and maybe turtles grazing in the sea grass.
Warning: One day is not enough to see everything and maybe you regret the lack of time. Plan at least 2 days for Diving and Snorkeling in Aqaba.