|True name||C-130 Hercules|
|Depth||12m to 17m|
|Level||Beginner to Technical|
|Other names used||N/A|
The Marine Park's latest attraction was scuttled on 16th of November 2017 and has already become the divers' favorite. After a major ceremony organized by ASEZA and attended from international media and visitors the aircraft's final resting place lies close to the well-known Tank.
All hazardous materials like fuel, oil and paint were removed before the sinking 300 meters from shoreline in a depth of 17 meters. The plain structure will become an artificial reef and attract marine life from fish to corals to add a new habitat for Aqaba's diversity of species.
The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft and donated from the Royal Jordanian Air Force. The plane serves as the main tactical airlifter for many military forces in more than 70 nations worldwide since the 1950s. Over time it will draw divers within all levels as premier dive location of Aqaba.
The Hercules is an impressive sight with a length of 30 meters and a wingspan of 40 meters.
We can see the aircraft resting in the sand, schooling reef fish are visiting now the future artificial reef and you can compare over the years the benefit for the entire marine system in the Gulf of Aqaba. Together with more than 20 different dive sites here you can spend a whole diving holiday exploring pristine coral reefs and thrilling wrecks in recreational depths and moderate conditions.
For Tec divers this unique site offers now a special challenge – three different wrecks in one dive! Al Shoruk (ship wreck), C-130 Hercules (aircraft wreck) and M42 Duster (anti-aircraft vehicle) waiting for the wreck-addicted diver in Aqaba.
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