Diving at Aqaba

Aqaba offers exciting diving in more than 20 dive sites from shore or boat to another different dive sites. All dives have an easy shore entry and exit. The fringing reefs starts very close to the shore, which is also ideal for snorkellers.

Some dive sites have walls to dive in or canyons or gardens. Everyone can find some of the sites beautiful or special. One of the most attractive is the Shipwreck Cider Pride, a Lebanese freighter sunk intentionally in 1986.

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Our experienced instructors will show the best of each site so everyone from beginners to advanced divers will have fun exploring fringing reef with very prolific coral and fish life. The coral reef is in excellent condition and home to wide range of fish like groupers, parrotfish, angelfish, numerous moray eels, lionfish and close to the sea anemones the clownfish, and turtles regularly visitng the reefs.

Aqaba Diving Sites
First Bay
Average Depth: 15m - Maximum Depth: 35m

About 700m long reef situated just south of the Marine Science Station, entrance point south of the reef between Coastal Radio Station and Ras Al-Yamaneah. Shallow fringing reef of the fire corals and small garden about 8m Reef slopes down from 15m and is the best to stay there.

Corals: Varies from fire corals, Cabbage Corals, table corals and small coral gardens.
Fish Life: Puffer fish, squids and octopus, lionfish, groupers, very well camouflaged scorpion or stone fish.
King Abdullah Reef
Average Depth: 13m - Maximum Depth: 30m

South of the First Bay, between Ras Al-Yamania and the camping site. Entry point 150m north of camping fence. Reef extends about 500m out from the shore in front and just north of the camping.

Rating: Snorkeling highly recommended, diving good.
Corals: Excellent patchy corals cover sandy bottom.
Fish Life:

White morays, triggers, goatfish, and angels, scorpions, lionfish, wrasses, butterflies, damsels, clownfish, and odd bluespotted stingray.

Black Rock
Average Depth: 14m - Maximum Depth: 30m
Rating: Ideal for snorkeling, diving is good between the camping site and the Rainbow reef.
Corals: Coral garden starts just below the surface with fire corals and pinnacles.
Fish Life:

Emperor, snapper, Lyretail, small trigger fish, Wrasse, Parrotfish, Lionfish and scorpion fish, box fish, many butterfly fish and regularly visited by turtles.

Rainbow Reef
Average Depth: 14m - Maximum Depth: 30m

The dive site was named by rainbow fish, which lives there. The dive site is located 110m to the right from the shipwreck buoy.

Corals: Excellent healthy reef from 20m depth, wide range of hard corals.
Fish Life: Excellent throughout with various sorts of butterfly fish, parrotfish, lionfish, wrasse fish.
Shipwreck "Cedar Pride"
Minimum Depth: 10m (from Starboard site) - Maximum Depth: 28m (from port site)

The wreck of Lebanese freighter (760 tons, length 81m and 20m wide) was purposely sunk in 1986. The wreck is marked by a surface marker buoy less than 150m offshore. She lies on her port site, bridging two reefs, so you can swim underneath her at about 25m. Near the stern is a life boat in 20.5m of depth. The Ship is in good condition, tank area can be swum inside.

Rating: Diving highly recommended snorkeling possible.
Corals: Very good soft corals, magnificent garden of sea fans covering the wreck inside and outside.
Fish Life:

Lionfish and angelfish, large snappers, school of double bar break, barracuda, and the smaller reef species such as damsels are well represented.

Japanese Garden
Average Depth: 18m - Maximum Depth: 30m

Located just to the south of the shipwreck. Very good condition for snorkeling. The reef begins in shallow water with some fire corals and then gently sloping to the magnificent colorful reef.

Corals: Large coral heads, cabbage corals, black coral.
Fish Life:

Lionfish, angelfish, cornetfish, Grey moray, groupers, school fish of snappers lunar fusiliers and the butterflies fish of the reef.