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The Red Sea’s crystal clear waters and abundant marine life make Aqaba an ideal location to learn to dive.

Based at the entrance to Tala Bay, the dive centre welcomes divers of all abilities and is a great place to learn to dive given the calm conditions and uncrowded dive sites.

You'll spend your week between the dive centre and the Marina Plaza Hotel. The warm waters, colourful corals and sunshine help create a relaxed atmosphere which you’ll need when studying for your diving certification. 

Learning to dive is easy and it’s fun. Your PADI Open Water course will take three days to complete. In this course you will learn basic dive theory and master the basic skills needed to be safe and comfortable while exploring the underwater world.

At the end of your course, there are options for further diving, or you can explore other parts of Jordan, such as the fascinating desert landscapes of Wadi Rum or the Dead Sea.

Suggested Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Fly to Jordan

  2. Day 2: Arrive Aqaba

    You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel for a week long stay.

  3. Days 3-6 : Learn to dive in the Red Sea

    Today you will be transferred to the dive centre to begin your PADI Open Water course. 

    Includes tuition, full equipment rental and certification fees. The course is a mix of theory, pool and open water dives in the sea.

    It's possible to do a referral or E-learning course here. Ask us for further details, we're all qualified divers!

  4. Days 7-8 : Continue diving or discover Jordan

    Once qualified you can continue diving (booked and paid for locally), discover other parts of Jordan and participate in local excursions or simply relax.

    These days are at leisure to do whatever you would like. We recommend a Wadi Rum tour or a trip to the Dead Sea.

  5. Day 9: Return to the UK

    Enjoy your last day at leisure. Late in the evening, you will be transferred to the airport for your flights back to the UK, landing later the same day.

You should note: It's possible to dive year round in Jordan and there are daily flights from the UK. We recommend departing on a Friday.

Key info

Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 9 days from £1,725 pp
  • When to go: Jan-Dec: Daily throughout the year
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Flights from the UK
    • 7 nights accommodation
    • Breakfast daily
    • PADI Open Water Course
    • Tuition, equipment, certification fee
    • All transfers
Featured location:


Aqaba’s Red Sea coastline offers easy access to over 20 shore diving sites along the fringing reef with colourful marine life, well preserved corals, pinnacles, canyons and walls. The crystal clear waters and pleasant climate make Aqaba an ideal year round destination.

  • Ideal for viewing: hawksbill turtle, spotted eagle ray, crocodile fish, giant frogfish
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Family diving, Learn to dive, Shore diving, Snorkelling
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

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.