Diving in Gulf of Aqaba

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Location

Aqaba
Jordan
29° 27' 26.4564" N, 34° 58' 3.108" E
JO
General info: 

The Gulf of Aqaba offers some of the best snorkelling and diving in the world. The temperate climate and gentle water currents have created a perfect environment for the growth of corals and teeming marine life. The soft and hard coral formations are spectacular and there are many species unique to this area.

Here you can swim with sea turtles as they dart amongst the schools of multicoloured fish. Night dives reveal the nocturnal sea creatures, crabs, lobsters, and shrimp, as they search for a midnight snack.

The sea in the Gulf of Aqaba is calm with temperature varying between 19 C in winter months to 26 C in summer. There are about 30 dive sites along Aqaba South beach, each site varies in shape and inhabitants from slopes to drop-off, canyons, flat bottom veiled completely with flourishing corals.

There are several diving companies in Aqaba offering diving trips as wells as courses to diving. See links below for more information.

Getting there: 

The diving companies take you to the best spots. Some diving companies:
www.aqabadivingcenter.com
www.diveaqaba.com

Costs: 

Some price examples (2014):
Trip: Day trip on boat including snorkeling kit - 46€
Trip: Two dives from boat - including tanks & weights - 82€
Course: Discover Scuba Diving (Introduction to diving) - 82€
Course: Adventure Diver - 252€

Interesting places nearby

This cave bridge waterfall ain´t a scifi movie scene. It’s a real limestone cave carved out of Jurassic limestone over millions of years by winter meltwater.

The sandstone city of Petra is something you won’t find anywhere else in the world. It is a complete city mostly carved to the sandstone aproximately 300BC.

Wadi Rum offers some of the most extraordinary desert scenery you´ll ever see and is certainly one of the highlights of any visit to Jordan.

The Dead Sea is the saltiest sea in the world with 34,2% salinity. Practically this means that swimming here becomes floating.

The Gulf of Aqaba offers some of the best snorkelling and diving in the world. The temperate climate and gentle water currents have created a perfect environment for the growth of corals and teeming marine life.

Jerash is one of the largest and most well preserved Roman sites outside Italy.