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On the very tip of the Red Sea lies the only coastal city in Jordan; a city that is home to over 500 coral species and a vast marine life. No points for guessing that the destination in discussion is Aqaba (the title already reads that aloud!). There are a variety of adventure opportunities in this city but Scuba diving in Aqaba is, unarguably, one of the best things to do. And the following literature will tell you why!

Why Go Scuba Diving In Aqaba?

Sea divers passing a tank that got sunk in the Gulf of Aqaba in Jordan

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  • Year-round mild weather: The water temperature in Aqaba is about 26° C in summers and drops to nothing below 20° C in winters.
  • Ease of access: The prominent diving sites in Aqaba can easily be accessed by road. Located not very far off from these sites are a number of hotels & resorts.
  • Massive coral & marine life: The destination is home to 500 species of corals, 1200 species of fish, and over 1000 types of mollusks & other crustaceans.
  • Diversity: Both soft and hard corals can be found here. The sites too vary in shape and inhabitants; from slopes to drop-offs and canyons to flat bottoms.
  • Attractions at sea-bed: In addition to beautiful corals, divers will come across a tank and a Lebanese freighter at the bottom of the waters of the Red Sea.

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3 Bays For Scuba Diving In Aqaba

The entire coastline can be divided into 3 bays: North Bay, Visitor’s Bay (or Shipwreck Bay), and South Bay. The dive sites in each of these bays are listed below:

  • North Bay: Power Station, First Bay – North, First Bay – South, and Ee Garden
  • Visitors’ Bay: King Abdullah Reef, Black Rock, Cable Reef, Rainbow Reef, Cedar Pride, Tarmac Five, Japanese Gardens, Gorgon 1, and Gorgon 2
  • South Bay: 7 Sisters, New Canyon – Oliver’s Canyon, Yellowstone Reef, Blue Coral, Kiwi Reef, Moon Valley & Puffer Rock, Paradise, Coral Garden

7 Best Sites For Scuba Diving In Aqaba

Out of the above listed 3 bays, the following are the most popular scuba diving spots in Aqaba:

  • Cedar Pride Wreck
  • Japanese Garden
  • Black Rock
  • Seven Sisters
  • Paradise
  • Blue Coral
  • Kiwi Reef

1. Cedar Pride Wreck

A couple exploring the shipwreck site at Aqaba in Jordan

One of the most popular sites for scuba diving in Aqaba is actually an artificial reef that came into existence after Cedar Pride – a Lebanese freighter – sunk in the Red Sea in 1985. Diving to witness the shipwreck, lying at a depth of 26 m, is something that divers with all levels of experience can enjoy. Lucky ones might even come across a couple of Giant Napoleon Wrasse or a majestic sea turtle.

Level: Beginner to Advanced

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2. Japanese Garden

A traveler scuba diving at the Japanese garden corals in Aqaba

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This is one of the most interesting dive sites in Aqaba. Not far from the site of the Cedar Pride Wreck lies the Japanese Garden that is known for its picturesque coral. A shallow dive in the waters here offers an opportunity to spot the Little Dragon Fish.

Level: Beginner

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3. Black Rock

Black Rock coral garden in Aqaba

What makes Black Rock such an amazing site for scuba-diving is the fact that it is located at a private beach club. The corals range from shallow ones too those over 40 m deep. And the Ornate Ghost Pipefish is something to look out for.

Level: Beginner to Advanced

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4. Seven Sisters

People diving in Aqaba near Tank Wreck

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The Seven Sisters diving site is, without a doubt, one of the most popular sites for scuba diving in Aqaba. In addition to the huge coral formations that it boasts of, there is an American army tank lying at the seabed that the divers love exploring. And the Warty Frogfish and other marine animals that are present here only add to the delight of these scuba-divers.

Level: Beginner

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5. Paradise

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Paradise is one most exciting Aqaba dive sites. Ashraf’s Grotto is another name given to this site. It can be reached by a short boat ride. The wonderful multi-coloured corals and a variety of fish makes it a great spot for underwater photography. Going deeper will bring you to a small wall and a cave which home to several rare marine species.

Level: Beginner to Advanced

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6. Blue Coral

Blue Coral Diving spot in Aqaba

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Blue Coral is a diving spot near Aqaba that can be reached only from the Tala Bay shore. The marine life has settled around the jetty with delicate coral growth. This spot is also known for its variety in sea creatures that include fish, turtles, sea horses, stingrays, and nudibranchs. 

Level: Beginner to Advanced

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7. Kiwi Reef

Kiwi Reef  Diving spot in Aqaba

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Kiwi Reef is home to a large variety of marine life. It is known for its wide coral growth. The initially you would see a lot of grass but as you dive deeper the sea unfolds its secrets to you. Stingray, octopus, turtles, and nudibranchs are found here. There are several other sea creatures that you may spot. This is also counted among the best spots for underwater photography. 

Level: Open Water Diver and above

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That’s all you’ll ever need to know about scuba diving in Aqaba! If the water activity gives you an adrenaline rush, think no more! Simply book a Jordan tour package and experience the best of coral life in the Red Sea.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Scuba Diving In Aqaba

Is Aqaba a good place for diving?

Aqaba is a beautiful coastal city which is known to have warm waters and very hight visibility all throughout the year, and a wide variety of dive sites, making Aqaba one of the best places for scuba divers.

What to do in Aqaba?

Some of the fun things to do in Aqaba that are worth trying are:
1. Windsurfing
2. Snorkeling And Scuba Diving
3. Birdwatching
4. Quad Biking
5. Jewelry making

Is scuba diving in Aqaba safe for first-timers?

Yes. Varied scuba diving sites provide the perfect spot for all levels of scuba divers, especially the first-timers.

Is the certification necessary for scuba diving in Aqaba?

Yes. If you wish to dive into the cozy green waters of Aqaba, you will have to produce a PADI training certificate.

Which are the best places for scuba diving in Aqaba?

A few of the best diving locations in Aqaba are:
1. Wreck of Cedar Pride
2. Blue Coral
3. Kiwi Reef
4. The Tank and Seven Sisters
5. The Wreck of Al Shorouk

What is the average cost of scuba diving in Aqaba?

Offers for scuba diving in Aqaba are available from as cheap as 75 JOD/dive (for non-certified divers) and 60 JOD/dive (for certified divers).
*1 JOD = INR 99.63; as by Dec 2019

Which is the best time for scuba diving in Aqaba?

Though Aqaba is a year-round diving destination, September and October are the best months for scuba diving.

Which are the best hotels and resorts in Aqaba?

The coastline of Aqaba, along with the nearby areas in the city, is lined with myriad stay options. While Alcazar Hotel is a wonderful budget hotel, Oryx Hotel and Radisson Blu Tala Bay Resort are the best-in-class accommodations in 4-star and 5-star categories respectively.

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