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Scuba diving in Jordan

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There are plenty of dive sites in Jordan to choose where to have a great time exploring deep waters. Most of them are located in Aqaba. (Photo: unsplash)
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Scuba diving offers people a fantastic way to discover the beauty of open waters and the hidden gems in its depth. اضافة اعلان

Suba diving gained popularity in Jordan due to several reasons. For one, it offers fitness and health benefits to the people practicing it. For instance, it strengthens the arm and leg muscles, improves foot suppleness, concentration, and coordination as it requires a decent sense of balance. It is also beneficial for mental health because it clears the mind of everyday distractions and refreshes it.


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Another reason for the popularity of this sport in Jordan is the country’s southernmost tip, where the Red Sea’s waters have some of the most spectacular coral reefs in the world.

There are plenty of dive sites in Jordan to choose where to have a great time exploring deep waters. Most of them are located in Aqaba.

 Following is a list of sites where divers can enjoy a range of coral and myriad reef fish:


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Cedar Pride Shipwreck: one of the most famous diving sites in Jordan. It is formed around the site of a shipwreck and it is easy to access from shore as you can see it from the surface.

The ship is a former Lebanese freighter. It was severely damaged during a fire in 1982. Following a request by King Abdullah, the ill-fated ship was deliberately sunk roughly 200m offshore and created an artificial reef.

The shipwreck is covered by multi-colored coral reefs created over the course of over 30 years. Along the entire length of the ship, divers encounter a diverse array of soft corals, reef fish, especially at the depth where hard coral is abundant. At night, divers can see morays and octopi.


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This diving site is suitable for both experienced divers and beginners as the ship’s stern is at 16m and its bow sits at around 20m.

The Japanese Gardens: This site, one of the best in the country, is located in Aqaba. It is shallow and has a high concentration of barracudas, fusiliers, and sergeants major.

Divers found the Japanese Gardens an ideal destination, regardless of their experience levels. At this site, people see the vibrant reefs at a depth between 10–12m. At the depth of 14m, they come across a larger section of hard and soft coral species. Going down a little deeper, they find themselves over the Black Coral Valley where spectacular specimens dot the underwater environment.
The best advice you can get before exploring this diving site is to bring your camera to capture the beauty of the deep waters.
King Abdullah Reef: One of the best diving sites in the Northern Red Sea. Divers need to moor outside the core reef, as there is a gorgeous coral atoll surrounded by shallow hard corals, and the reef starts to appear several hundred meters offshore.


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At every depth, divers enjoy breathtaking beauty: from surface snorkeling to discovering the slope of the sandy bottom where the reef thins out, about 23m and beyond. With a wide range of reefs coverage and life of all shapes and sizes, this reef is lively, rich, and healthy.

At the depth of 21m, there is a pristine multi-colored gorgonian forest, inhabited by large shoals of fish.

The best advice you can get before exploring this diving site is to bring your camera to capture the beauty of the deep waters.


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Underwater Military Museum: The first Underwater Military Museum is located in the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea. This diving site contains around 21 different battle objects that are placed along the coral reefs. The museum is unquestionably an interesting underwater location. It attracts divers and snorkelers to explore farther. The site offers a fantastic and unforgettable experience.


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Most of the military vehicles sunk were made in the US, UK, and South Africa and were used by the Jordanian military until 2000. Divers will, for instancecome across the FV701 Ferrets, FV101 Scorpion Light Tanks, and FV103 Spartan personal carrier.

The diving site offers a new experience to both divers and museum lovers.


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