Seven Sisters snorkeling spot is certainly one of the best-known along the Jordanian coast. Its reef drop off, although less spectacular than South Beach one, located a little further north, allows you to discover nice underwaterscapes. Here, snorkelers can also find a tank dropped at the foot of the reef, which has become home to a large variety of marine life, making this spot famous for divers around the world.

Snorkeling the Tank, Aqaba
The tank sunk 20 years ago in the area is now hosting plenty of marine life.

How to go snorkeling Seven Sisters & the Tank?

Seven Sisters spot is located about ten kilometers south of the city of Aqaba, near South Beach. Park in the parking lot, then walk south to the pontoon (see map below). The neighboring spot of South Beach designates the reef located just north of it, opposite the campsite. Do not hesitate to explore these two spots on the same day.

Seven Sisters and The Tank snorkeling map, Aqaba

Water entrance for snorkeling Seven Sisters & the Tank

This area spans about 200m between the pontoon in the north and the tank in the south. We advise you to enter the water near the pontoon, then to follow the reef drop off south, to the tank (see map above).

Seven Sisters & the Tank snorkeling exploration

Seven Sisters snorkeling spot has several points of interest to discover :

1 / The pontoon

Take a look between the pillars of the pontoon installed on the beach. We can discover an atypical underwaterscape, alternating between light and shadow. The pontoon area shelter shoals of young fry, which are often seen by the thousands between the pillars. Their presence attracts some predators, as lionfish and trevallies.

Seven Sisters Coral Reef, Aqaba
Seven Sisters coral reef condition vary depending on the area you are exploring. Here, a reef of fire coral near the drop off.

2 / The reef drop off

Seven Sisters drop off is less preserved and steeper than that of South Beach, but it is still worth exploring. You can swim above beautiful colonies of fire and tabular corals, where orange butterflyfish and Red Sea clownfish live, as well as small moray eels and schools of sergeant major.

3 / The tank

About 200m south of the pontoon, at the foot of the reef, snorkelers can discover a tank about 6m deep. It was deliberately sunk in 1998 for an ecological purpose, which fully plays today its role of being an artificial reef. It is covered with corals and attracts many fish. If you have trouble spotting it, try to find other snorkelers and dive boats that are often moored nearby. A plane was also immersed southwest of the tank but might be a little deep to be really enjoyed while snorkeling.

Red Sea anemonefish at Seven Sisters reef
The Red Sea clownfish (amphiprion bicinctus), only found in the Red Sea, is easy to spot at Seven Sister’s reef.

Restaurants and accommodation in Aqaba Marine Park

There are several hotels, restaurants, and diving clubs near the beach. The area is located about 1.5 km north of the huge Tala Bay tourist complex.




 

  • Level required Beginner
  • Protected areaAqaba Marine Park
  • Maximum depth10m/30ft
  • Water entranceEasy, from a sandy beach
  • Potential DangersLionfish, sometimes very close to the shore
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersMedium
  • Access costsFree
  • Restaurants nearbyYes

MAP Spot

These snorkeling spots are accessible to beginners and kids. You will enter the water gradually from a beach, or in a less than 3ft. deep area. The sea is generally calm, shallow, with almost no waves or currents. These spots are usually located in marked and/or monitored swimming areas. It is not necessary to swim long distances to discover the sea life.

This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.