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The small, relaxed town of Aqaba is steeped in history and culture, and its 25 kilometre coastline offers easy access to over 20 shore diving sites along the fringing reef.

Suitable for divers of all abilities and experience, the dive sites are not crowded and the seas are warm and calm. The colourful marine life, well preserved corals, pinnacles, canyons and walls, together with the pleasant climate make Aqaba an ideal location for year round scuba diving, snorkelling and other watersports. The temperate climate means that water temperature ranges from 20C in winter to 26C in the summer months and on land, it rarely drops below 20C in winter.

One of the most popular dive sites is the wreck of the Cedar Pride, a freighter sunk in 1985, now forming an interesting manmade reef. There is also an anti aircraft tracked vehicle ‘The Tank’, barely 10 metres from the shore. Located by Oliver’s Canyon, it makes a superb safety stop as well as an excellent snorkel site. An underwater photographer’s delight!

Towards the southern end of the marine park lies Tala Bay where the majority of Jordan's Red Sea resorts are located as well as local restaurants, shops and bars.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: hawksbill turtle, spotted eagle ray, crocodile fish, giant frogfish

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itineraries:

Jordanian Highlights

Visit Jordan's cultural and historical sites of Petra, Jerash and Kerak, dive the uncrowded shores of Aqaba and explore the dramatic desert landscapes of Wadi Rum on this itinerary of discovery.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,195 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Getting Technical Jordan

Combine your regular recreational diving package with an introduction to technical diving. Discover what it's like to be a technical diver and continue learning the skills in the Red Sea if you want.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,595 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Learn to Dive in Jordan

Its crystal clear waters, abundant marine life and pleasant climate make Aqaba an ideal location to learn to dive in the Red Sea. Once qualified, discover your new underwater world, or explore some of Jordan’s other highlights.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,725 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Visit Jordan

Visit Jordan’s Red Sea resort of Aqaba, a friendly and fun location with a temperate climate and a healthy reef environment enjoyed by snorkellers and divers of all abilities.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,525 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Grand Swiss-Belresort Tala Bay

The Grand Swiss-Belresort is an oceanfront 5-star resort in Tala Bay. The resort offers an ideal setting for a relaxing holiday for snorkellers and divers of all abilities who wish to explore Jordan’s stunning Red Sea coastline.

Marina Plaza Hotel

Located at the entrance to Tala Bay in Aqaba, this 4-star property enjoys stunning views of the nearby marina and is ideal for divers and snorkellers who come to enjoy Jordan's Red Sea resort.