Aqaba Scuba Diving, Red Sea, Jordan – Is it better than Egypt?

Things to do in Jordan Petra


Aqaba scuba diving should be on your bucket list. Jordan may not be the most well known place for cheap diving in the Red Sea. Neighbours like Israel and Egypt often top lists of the best places to dive in the world but Jordan has it’s own unique slice of the Red Sea ripe to be explored. Aqaba lies on the small south coast of the country near the famous Wadi Rum dessert and just a two hour drive from Petra! It’s the perfect base to explore this beautiful and historic country while dipping your toes in to some of the most perfect diving conditions the Red Sea has to offer. Here’s the low down on how and where to scuba dive in Aqaba, Jordan.



Watch the video above to see some of the amazing dive sites Aqaba has to offer including the C130 Hercules Plane Wreck, Cedar Pride (A shipwreck from the 1980’s), and even a tank:


Aqaba airplane dive


Aqaba scuba diving airplane dive plane Red Sea
Plane wreck Aqaba


Aqaba wreck dive


Aqaba wreck dive


Aqaba diving Tank


Aqaba diving tank


Aqaba scuba diving


There are so many  great Aqaba dive sites to choose from whenever you visit Jordan. There is an abundance of sea life much of which is endemic to this part of the ocean. Whale sharks, manta rays and turtles can all be seen in this part of the Red Sea in the right season. Make sure to get the best quality scuba gear for your trip and check out this guide to taking photo’s underwater.




Aqaba diving review


While resorts in other countries are busy and can be expensive, particularly in peak season, Aqaba scuba diving is lesser known. It benefits from still, clear water at an average of 25 degrees year round. That along with the plentiful sea life makes it a great last minute diving holiday from the UK. Flights from the UK can be as low as £70 return with a stop in Milan making it a great budget way to get to warmer waters!


Aqaba scuba diving prices


It’s cheap to dive in Aqaba starting from 35JOD for a shore dive. Packages are available at most resorts, usually including accommodation, transport, equipment and two dives a day, from 195JOD for 4 days/3 nights.


How to get to Aqaba Jordan


Check out flights now and don’t forget to buy a Jordan pass before you go to save money on your Visa and Petra visit!



Price: 70 JOD (US$99)
1 day visit to Petra


Price: 75 JOD (US$106)
2 consecutive days in Petra


Price: 80 JOD (US$113)
3 consecutive days in Petra


All passes offer the following:


Free entry to over 40 attractions in Jordan
Waiving of tourist entry visa fees if you are eligible for visa-on-arrival in Jordan, purchase the Jordan Pass before arrival and stay at least 3 nights
Valid for use within 12 months following date of purchase, but it automatically expires after 2 weeks of the first time it is scanned.


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