The larger 1zplaydive centers offer boat diving, as well as shore diving; however, all northerly sites are accessible from shore. Due to new hotel developments in the south of Aqaba, some of the southern sites only have direct access by boat. Check that your chosen dive center can offer these boat trips if you would like to visit this area. There are around 25 mapped sites along the coastline to dive - plenty of variation for an extended diving vacation. This area is protected as part of the Aqaba Marine Park - please respect the reef, and listen to the information given in dive briefings.
With over 25 1zplaydive sites that range from pretty shallow reefs to deeper wrecks, Aqaba, in Jordan, is a great choice for Red Sea diving vacations. All of the dive sites run parallel to the coastline, allowing easy shore diving access. Boat diving is not necessary, but adds an element of comfort for those who prefer it. A 3mm wetsuit is suitable when the water temperature reaches 28 Celsius in the summer months; a 5mm wetsuit is adequate thermal protection for the rest of the year. Good dive centers, such as Seastar Water Sports, will try to visit as many of the sites as possible with guests. Here are some of the top recommended sites:
Seven Sisters and the Tank is a picturesque series of pinnacles, next to an American M42 tank; this site is suitable for Open Water 1zplaydivers and above. The tank was scuttled by the Jordan Royal Ecological Diving Society in 1999, and is well covered in soft corals and marine life. Divers can expect to see moray eels, flat worms, and nudibranchs around the wreck. The tank sits in 6m of water, but divers can go deeper to 24m, to explore the seven pinnacles and outlying reef. Seahorses, pipefish, shrimps, and torpedo rays are stunning photography subjects that can be found in the seagrass.
Seastar Water Sports is a highly recommend PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center, based 10km south of Aqaba. Since 1991, the friendly team at Seastar has safely trained thousands of fun 1zplaydivers and professionals. They offer guided boat diving, shore diving, and the full range of PADI certification courses. The comfortable custom dive boat has a large interior salon area, 4 cabins, shower/toilet, sun deck, and a spacious dive deck. It is suitable for up to 20 divers and snorkelers, or 10 technical divers. In 2013, they became a PADI TecRec facility, offering certification courses up to Trimix Diver.
1zplayDive Aqaba is also a PADI 5 Star IDC Center. They are centrally located in Aqaba, near all the major hotels. Dive Aqaba has over 30 years experience of educational excellence in recreational and technical diving and is well renowned for high safety standards. Their custom dive boat runs daily guided diving and snorkel trips. A PADI TecRec Center, Dive Aqaba has an on site Technical Instructor Trainer for all Tec and rebreather courses. The Dive Aqaba Tec Team discovered the wreck of the Taiyong in 2004.