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Scuba diving in Jordan

Of Jordan’s 17 miles of coast along the Red Sea, four miles are protected by a marine park. Here you will find over 20 uncrowded dive sites with something for every level of diver to discover.
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Diving in Jordan

Quick facts

With shallow reefs and deep wrecks, Jordan offers over 20 dive sites for a variety of levels. Diving in the country is limited to Aqaba in the south west where the country meets the Red Sea. Here you will find uncrowded yet interesting dive sites, making this a great alternative to Egypt’s Red Sea diving resorts. Most of the 20+ sites are accessible from the shore, but those positioned in the south must now be travelled to by boat due to new hotel development. It’s best to pack your 3mm wetsuit in the summer when water temperatures reach 82ºF (28ºC) but a 5mm wetsuit is necessary for other parts of the year.

With only 17 miles of coastline, the variety of dive sites available in Jordan will surprise many. Seven Sisters and the Tank is one of the more popular dives. Here divers can visit an American M42 tank, which was scuttled in 1999, next to a beautiful set of pinnacles. The dive starts at 20 feet (6 meters) and drops to 80 feet (24 meters). Furthermore, Japanese Gardens is a gorgeous reef dive that everyone can enjoy. The black coral has formed from 16 to 130 feet (5 to 40 meters) and now plays home to hawksbill turtles, eagle rays and a variety of reef fish. Finally, the wreck of Cedar Pride, a Lebanese cargo ship sunk in 1985, gives divers the chance to interact with feather tail stingrays and pygmy slug nudibranchs. The stunning ship, which lies from 30 to 85 feet (9 to 26 meters), offers fantastic swim throughs and the chance to get up close and personal with history.

Whatever your reason for visiting Jordan is, we are confident that diving in the Red Sea will be one of your favorite experiences. And if you have a dive camera, you will have the bonus of some amazing photographs to show your topside friends after returning home.

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What to see

In the warm and clear waters of the Red Sea, pristine corals and interesting marine life abound. Because of the protected status of the Aqaba Marine Park and the upwelling of nutrients from the deeper sea below, divers can enjoy a myriad of fish and the chance of spotting some larger pelagic species.

Feather tail stingrays, fluorescent nudibranchs, Napoleon wrasse, pygmy slug nudibranchs, frogfish, giant morays, elephant ear sponges, fire corals, stonefish, hawksbill turtles, eagle rays, seahorses, pipefish, shrimps and torpedo rays are commonly spotted. With over 1000 species of fish and 100 that are not found outside of the Red Sea, your dive logs from Jordan are sure to be full and unique.

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