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SCUBA DIVING IN AQABA

The Wreck of the "Cedar Pride" - Following a fire on board, The Late King Hussein decided to buy the ship and appointed his son Prince Abdullah (now King Abdullah II) to oversee the project of creating an artificial reef.

There are over thirty main diving sites in Aqaba, most of them suitable for all levels of competence. Aqaba is all fringing reef stretching for a distance of over 25kms right down to the Saudi Arabian border, there are no off-shore reefs. The reef starts literally at the waters edge and extends like the fingers of your hands into canyons leading to pinnacles and drop offs. At most sites, when you are only 100m from the shore you are already descending to 50m or more. When shore diving, the dive starts as soon as you enter the water and continues until the last few centimetres.

Colourful corals thrive in the warm waters of the Red Sea.

The beaches are all easily accessible and the transport used can drive right up to the waters edge. By road, the furthest reef (the "Saudi Border" reef) is about 25 minutes from the town of Aqaba.

Underwater photographers will be pleased to hear that Nitrox is available in Aqaba.
If you bring your own diving suit, then in the winter months a 5-6mm suit is OK, in summer a 3mm shorty is fine, but it is always better to be warmer when in the water, especially if you are good on air or an avid underwater photographer, scarcely moving from one pinnacle.
As a diver visiting Aqaba, bear in mind that the Red Sea has a slightly higher salt content than most other seas or oceans, for this reason you may find that you will need an additional few pounds or kilos on your weight-belt.

Their smiles say it all.

Diving goes on all the year round, with different species to be seen in the different seasons. In June /July there are whale sharks, in February one can often see Mantas. A northerly wind blows down Wadi Araba all the year, which in the summer is a cooling breeze, but in winter it can be a bit chilly.




The Garden Eels, which can be seen in the abundant sea-grass beds, were discovered by Ludwig Sillner, one of Jacques Cousteau's underwater cameramen. A fact that is acknowledged in the eels Latin name, Gorgasia sillneri.




This American M40 Anti-aircraft tracked vehicle, originally in employ of the Jordanian Army was scuttled as an artificial reef on September 1st 1999 by the Jordanian Royal Ecological Diving Society and has since accumulated a lot of marine life. It is now a popular snorkelling and diving attraction.


The city of Aqaba is situated at the most southern part of Jordan and lies on the most northern tip of the Red Sea, on a clear day you can see Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

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