Get ready to fall into Jordan’s hot welcoming arms. This is a country of golden sands and crystal-clear waters.  Strong sunshine and hot winds are the typical weather conditions within this oriental fairy-tale, especially if you decide to visit during the summer season. When it comes to diving, Jordan offers a sound alternative to Egypt that’s well worth considering. We’ll try to find some differences and make up our own minds about the Red sea’s underwater world which washed the shores of the sole port and the main city resort of Jordan, Aqaba.

By the way, the King of Jordan, Abdullah II, enjoys diving and much of the country therefore follows his example.

Climatic conditions

In the autumn, water temperatures can reach + 29 degrees Celsius and, during the winter, temperatures fall to around + 18 degrees Celsius. The period from April to September is considered the most suitable for diving. In the early spring, diving can be impacted by visibility deterioration because of plankton blooms. At other times visibility reaches up to 35 meters. The sea bottom is mostly coral and sand and it’s possible to reach most dive sites from the shore.

Cedar Pride Wreck

This wreck became a visiting card for the diving in Aqaba. In 1982, ship was damaged by fire. By ordinance of the King Abdullah II she was deliberately sunk and has become a lovely place for diving. It’s a favorite place among underwater photographers, beginners and more experienced divers. Diving conditions suite for everyone, because minimal depth is only 7 meters – match tip can be seen here, and the maximum depth is 25 meters. This 80 meter-long ship lies at the left side between two reefs. This position allows to swim under the ship. For over 30 years underwater, ship’s body covered by soft and hard corals, which stand out against of crystal blue water background. Sea urchins, crabs and shrimps are overrun the deck. You’re lucky to find here rare specious of nudibranchs – red Spanish dancer. This wreck become a new house for snappers, flocks of crucian carp and barracudas, who prefer to swim in abyss. The site is marked by a buoy and accessible both from the boat and from the shore.

Japanese gardens

The Japanese Garden dive site is situated south of the wreck of the Cedar Pride. Depths at this dive site range from 1 to 35 meters. This dive site will enchant you with its beauty. The dive begins in the shallows and then goes down to the reef’s bottom. The grace of the forms found here and their colors and structures change like a kaleidoscope across every meter of your dive. Stones are covered by soft corals and schools of reef fish play tag and invite you to join. Every meter you travel down, the more black corals you’ll find. Soft currents can pass through at 25 meters’ depth and is a reason why pelagic fish can be found here. Large sea turtles, barracudas and sergeant fish are frequent guests in the Japanese Garden, and the variety of sponges, anemones and corals affects the full range of color. This dive site is also available for snorkelers who can study it from the surface. And those who, for any reason are’t at all ready to go into the water, can "visit" the Japanese Garden in a boat with a transparent bottom.

Eels Canyon

Swimming over open sandy areas, it’s difficult to take your eyes off the rhythmic waving of the seaweed below, but only upon closer inspection will you notice that nothing here is as it appears at first glance. The slender rows below are actually one of the largest populations of spotted eels in the Red Sea. The slope beneath the surface, stretching 20 meters down, is completely covered with these amazing but very shy creatures. One awkward movement on your part and, in a split second, these eels disappear into their burrows. But if you freeze for a few moments,they’ll again appear outside one by one. A fascinating scene and a real find for macro photography. Moray eels feel comfortable within the walls of the canyon. Their faces peek out from the crevices and curiously examine their visitors. These moray eels are much smaller than those you might see in Egypt. But the variety of reef fish found here isn’t anything to scoff at, with lionfish, clown fish, red mullets and many others making appearances.

King Reef

Surely any site named after the King of Jordan can disappoint its guests? The dive begins at a depth of 6 meters, along the southern slope, and goes 40 meters down. There is something to see at each stage, so both beginners and veteran divers are guaranteed suitable experiences. The fantastic visibility (about 35 meters) and variety of flora and fauna justifies the name of this dive site. Healthy, luxurious corals form clusters over a combination of form and color flawlessly fashioned by mother nature. Fan-shaped and tubular corals, sponges, anemones, flowers and seaweed represent a truly vivid landscape. If you’re lucky to see the pod of dolphins, you can’t help but feel delighted. A meeting with octopuses and turtles is also guaranteed here. If you choose this dive site for a night dive, you’ll come upon several types of large crabs, lobsters and shrimps.The excellent diving conditions will allow you to stock your portfolio with quality photos.

Conclusion

Jordan is your new look at the Red Sea. Diving here is popular, accessible and deserves no less attention than its centuries-old history. Be sure to visit the ancient city of Petra. Carved entirely in the rock, it has been recognized as one of the wonders of the world since 2007. This large-scale creation of nature and man provided the scenery for many famous films. The underwater world here has much in common with Egypt, but there’s no unending flow of mass tourism here. You can start your underwater career, or continue it and better your skills at one of the local dive centers. No crowds, bursts or fuss. You can be ready to fully plunge into an oasis of silence, tranquility and fantastic diving.