Spot

Aqaba Marine Park


The handful of miles along the Jordan coast of the Red Sea are lined by a reef protected by the Aqaba Marine Park. We particularly recommend this spot facing a number of economic hotels and diving clubs, 6 miles (10km) south of Aqaba. On the reef drop-off you will find clownfish, moray eels, turtles and shoals of anthias living above an exceptional coral bed.
How to get there?

This snorkeling spot is located 6 miles (10km) to the south of the Aqaba city centre. To get there, take the Saudi border road south. Leave the motorway at about 1 mile (1.5km) before the Radisson Blu Resort, near the Bedouin Garden Village. It is easy to park near the public beach decorated with parasols. The setting has nothing exceptional, but there is really something special in the water.

Water entrance

You can enter the water anywhere along the beach. A whole host of small lionfish swim near the shore: to avoid accidents, put your head underwater quickly. The reef is quite wide, and the area to explore as shown on the map can of course be extended.

Aerial view

Exploration

The spot to explore covers a wide area between the beach and the reef drop-off, about one hundred yards apart. From the beach, you will cross a few dozen yards of sandy sea bed and seagrass (↕2-3ft/0.5-1m), then a sea bed covered with soft coral (↕3-10ft/1-3m) as far as the reef drop-off (↕+20ft/6m).

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Coral reef at Aqaba Marine Park

Although there are interesting things to see in the seagrass and on the coastal bench (lionfish, turbot, pufferfish and small moray eels live in the rocks), the spectacle takes on another dimension when you get closer to the reef drop-off. The sea bed here is exceptional: crowds of damselfish and anthias are drawn to the coral beds, while surgeonfish and butterflyfish with spectacular colours (several of which are endemic to the Red Sea) come and go along the reef. You will never tire of watching all the clownfish, which disappear into the tentacles of their anemones at the least sign of danger. In the deep blue of the reef drop-off, you may also have the chance to see a turtle, although they are shy.



Visibility in this spot is exceptional. The Red Sea is a particularly sheltered sea, and this spot can explored practically all the year round. During the winter months, the air temperature in the region falls and the wind sometimes blows all day. Don't forget your rashguard so that you don't have to cut short your exploration due to the cold.

The coast between Aqaba and the Saudi border has several other snorkeling spots of a similar kind, particularly opposite the Aqaba Marine Park reception office.

Restaurants & accommodation

There are a dozen economic and mid-range hotels facing the beach, on the other side of the road. Most of them have diving clubs. You can also eat there if you are spending the day at the site.

Snorkeling Report gives the most precise tips possible about the snorkeling spots and potential dangers, but each one of us is responsible for our own safety in the water. For more information, take a look at the snorkeling safety page. If you want to add extra information or make any corrections to the spot descriptions, please contact us.

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Spot tips

  • Type of spot
  • Level of difficulty
    Intermediary level
  • Protected area
  • Maximum depth
    10ft (3m) on the reef flat, 40ft (12m) on the reef drop-off
  • Water entrance
    Easy, from a sandy beach
  • Potential Dangers
    Lionfish, sometimes very close to the shore
  • Lifeguard
    No
  • Visitor numbers
    Medium
  • Access costs
    Free
  • Restaurants nearby
    Yes, moderately expensive
  • Public toilets & showers
    No

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Species you may spot while snorkeling Aqaba Marine Park

Common name Scientific name Abundance Fishbase Wikipedia
Red Sea clownfish
Amphiprion bicinctus
Common lionfish
Pterois miles
Green sea turtle
Chelonia mydas
Sohal surgeonfish
Acanthurus sohal
Purple Tang
Zebrasoma xanthurum
Diagonal butterflyfish
Chaetodon fasciatus
Eritrean butterflyfish
Chaetodon paucifasciatus
Blacktail butterflyfish
Chaetodon austriacus
Snowflake moray
Echidna nebulosa
Scissortail sergeant
Abudefduf sexfasciatus
Indo-Pacific sergeant
Abudefduf vaigiensis
Suez fusilier
Caesio suevica
Peacock flounder
Bothus mancus
Whitetail dascyllus
Dascyllus aruanus
Paletail damsel
Pomacentrus trichrous
Sulphur damsel
Pomacentrus sulfureus
White-spotted puffer
Arothron hispidus
Red pencil urchin
Heterocentrotus mamillatus
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