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Scuba diving in Jordan


Updated: May 24, 2022

With approximately 27 kilometers of beachfront along the Red Sea in the Gulf of Aqaba, Jordan offers fantastic, uncrowded snorkeling sites. The reef drop-off is just breathtaking within the Marine Park's 4 miles of protected shoreline, with incredible clarity, abundant marine life, and exquisite coral formations. Snorkelers can easily see clownfish in their sea anemones, mesmerizing angelfish, sea turtles, and hundreds of sea anthias in the warm, turquoise waters just off the coast.

Best Snorkeling in aqaba
Coral Garden aqaba

There are approximately 22 snorkeling spots in Jordan, which has a small coastline but is one of the most beautiful marine parks in the Red Sea. All are located in Aqaba Marine Park, which safeguards the coral reefs that line the coast of the Gulf of Aqaba. This protected area spans approximately 7 kilometers between the aquarium and ferry terminal in the north and the Tala Bay beach resort in the south.

In the heart of the National Park, South Beach is the most popular snorkeling spot in Jordan. Here, the coral reef along the coast is at its widest. Its reef, which is easily accessible and relatively healthy, is a delight to explore.

In the same region, but slightly further north, the Japanese Garden provides a similar profile, albeit with a narrower reef. The abrupt descent into the azure is equally as breathtaking.

A famous tank sank in the bay and is now a thriving artificial reef can be found at Seven Sisters.

All snorkeling locations in Jordan can be reached from the shore.

I suppose you are looking for a hotel with access to the reef. In that case, Arab Divers in Aqaba may be the best option within 1 kilometer of the beach, located close Seven Sisters snorkeling spot, Jordan's most well-known underwater attraction.

Protected from oceanic currents, the waters of the Red Sea are remarkably calm and warm. Because of these things, a healthy marine ecosystem has grown up dominated by soft corals and has a high rate of species only found in that ecosystem.

Jordan's waters are home to over 200 species of coral (8 percent of which are endemic), over 1,000 species of fish (17 percent of which are endemic), and over 1,000 species of invertebrates.

At the reef in Aqaba Marine Park, you can find clownfish in anemones, yellowtail surgeons, snowflake morays, and a great many Jordan is a popular place to go snorkeling because there are almost no waves, the water is clear, and the reef is easy to get to from the beaches.

When to go snorkeling in Jordan?

The water temperature in Jordan is approximately 77 °F (25 °C) for most of the year, making snorkeling possible year-round.

In the Arabian Desert, the climate in this region of Jordan is hot, with temperatures reaching 105 °F (ca. 41 °C) from mid-June to mid-September.

Due to the wind and cooler air temperature, winter snorkeling can be more difficult (don't forget your rash guard). April, May, September, and October are the best times to explore the region.

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Updated: Apr 9, 2022

Best places to scuba dive in Jordan
Best places to scuba dive in Jordan

Experience diving like never before and discover the five best places to scuba dive in Jordan. With 17 miles of coastline between Israel and Saudi Arabia, Jordan is well-positioned for snorkeling, free diving, and scuba diving. From spectacular coral reefs to sunken shipwrecks and the tropical waters of the Red Sea at Jordan's southernmost tip, make sure to book a trip to Aqaba, to enjoy a total of 20 diving sites in Jordan! To help you plan your diving trip, here are our top 5 recommendations for diving in Jordan.

Best places to scuba dive in Jordan
M42 anti-aircraft vehicle

1: The Tank

If wreck diving is something that sparks your interest, we urge you to book a diving trip to the Tank, close to the Seven Sisters. Here you’ll spot starfish, shrimps, crabs, and coral as well as the famous M42 anti-aircraft vehicle. The tank now forms an artificial reef and was deliberately sunk to support and encourage diving in Jordan. More tanks are part of the country’s underwater military museum, which features combat helicopters and army cranes off the coast for Aqaba Scuba Diving.

Lockheed L-1011 Tristar wreck
Lockheed L-1011 Tristar wreck

2: Lockheed L-1011 Tristar wreck

Imagine visit an Aqaba Diving Center and explore a sunken passenger aircraft! Lockheed TriStar L-1011 was abandoned at King Hussein airport due to an unsuccessful business deal and now gives divers the opportunity to visit a remarkable diving spot located in the Red Sea. You can even enter the aircraft cabin and swim through the aisle. TriStar can be enjoyed by free divers, snorkelers, and scuba divers!

Best places to scuba dive in Jordan
Underwater Military Museum

3: King Abdullah's Underwater Military Museum

Explore the artificial reefs commissioned by King Abdullah of Jordan. Passionate about diving in Jordan, King Abdullah works hard to proactively conserve marine life and has created some of the best places to scuba dive in Jordan. These artificial diving spot now attract tourists from around the world. They also provide additional habitats for marine life. As one of the most spectacular diving trips in Jordan, you are likely to see 21 wrecks in a single dive. The maximum depth is 28 m/92ft and is ideal for underwater wreck photography.

Best places to scuba dive in Jordan
Cedar pride wreck

4: Cedar Pride Wreck

Not only one of the most famous diving sites in Aqaba, Cedar Pride Wreck is one of the best places to scuba dive in Jordan. Get ready to discover an 80-metre long cargo ship, which has been on the bottom of the sea for around 35 years. A former Lebanese freighter, under the request of the late King Hussein, it was sunk after sustaining fire damage in 1982. Much of the ship was destroyed in a fire, including a lifeboat which you’ll see at the stern. It now welcomes divers from every corner of the world to its underwater coral experience. Cedar Pride is reserved for confident divers and those with advanced training as there are deeper parts of the ship to visit. Although the bow sits at around 20 meters and the site can easily be reached from the shore.

Best places to scuba dive in jordan
Rainbow Reef for Turtles

5: Rainbow Reef for Turtles & Stingrays

If you’re goal is to swim with turtles and stingrays, Rainbow Reef is for you. While spotting such exquisite marine life is amazing in itself, if you bring a camera along, you’ll also be able to capture incredible underwater photography too. The start of the reef is quite lush, as it slowly slopes down. Look out for octopuses, nudibranchs, turtles, and stingrays.

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