Aqaba Marine Park, protecting a large part of the Jordanian coast, is a hotspot for snorkeling the Red Sea. In the midst of the luxuriant coral, you will have no trouble coming across clownfish in their sea anemone, surgeonfish, moray eels and graceful lionfish. The gentleness of the waves, the excellent visibility and the proximity of the reef drop-offs from the beaches all add to the quality and simplicity of snorkeling here.

Snorkeling with Red Sea clownfish in Aqaba, Jordan
Endemic to the region, the Red Sea clownfish can easily be seen at South Beach reef drop off.

If you want to snorkel a nice coral reef, South Beach is one of the best (and most accessible) option. A few hundred meters south to South Beach is Seven Sisters spot, famous for its tank sunk at the foot of the reef, which can be spotted from the surface.

Protected from the ocean currents, the waters of the Red Sea are particularly calm and enjoy high temperatures. These conditions have led to the development of a wealth of undersea life, dominated by soft coral, and with a high percentage of species only to be found here. With over 200 species of coral (8% endemic), over 1000 species of fish (17% endemic) and 1000 species of invertebrates, the waters of Jordan offer an endless spectacle to visitors.

Snorkeling the Tank, Aqaba
The Tank, located near Seven Sisters snorkeling spot, is Jordan’s most famous underwater sight.

When to go snorkeling Jordan?

Snorkeling is possible all the year round in Jordan, where the water temperature is relatively constant, around 77°F (25°C). The climate, which is dry and hot in this part of Jordan near the Arabian desert, becomes sweltering from mid-June to mid-September, when the temperatures can get up to 105°F (40°C). In winter, snorkeling can be trickier because of the wind and the air temperature, which is cooler (don’t forget your rash guard). April, May, September and October are the best months to explore the region.

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