AQABA

AQABA

Things to do - general

Aqaba is a fusion of history, nature, and city life surrounded by picturesque mountains and blue sea.

Bathing in its year-long warm sun, Aqaba invites you to relax on its beaches, partake in the exhilaration of its water sports, and explore the coral reefs of the Red Sea, home to hundreds of different types of corals and sponges with their wealth of brilliantly colored fish.

Around its quiet streets and between its modern structures, Aqaba holds special monuments with a rich history beginning in the Iron Age, and continuing across ancient civilizations, from the Edomites, Nabateans, Romans, and Byzantines to Muslims.

A blend of cultures and traditions, and a long history as a trading center are reflected in the warm welcome the city extends to all visitors.

But that is not all– the striking desert landscape of Wadi Rum and the Nabatean city of Petra, among the Worlds Seven Wonders, are a short drive away. Aqaba, with its excellent accommodation and entertainment options, is an ideal hub from which to explore these sites.

Country Jordan
Visa requirements

Single Entry visas valid for two months: 40 JOD (approximately 56 USD)
Double Entry visas valid for three months: 60 JOD (approximately 85 USD)
Multiple Entry visas valid for six months: 120 JOD (approximately 170 USD)

Languages spokenArabic, English
Currency usedJOD, USD, EUR

Sports & nature

Saloon & Galley

Comfortable lounge area, for dive planning and just resting after your diving. A large galley with a proper cooker for our team to produce all the amazing food we are renowned for! We cater for all tastes.

Catering

There is a self service hot drink section in the saloon and a cool box on the dive deck where you can help yourselves to hot and cold drinks all day. After the diving is finished we serve a full buffet meal in the saloon and everyone can relax and enjoy the food on the return journey to Aqaba.

Dive Deck

We have a large dive deck for kitting up and a deck level normal WC convenience! There are two fresh water deck showers on the dive platform for rinsing off yourself and kit.

Sun deck

The newly refurbished sundeck offers comfort in the shade and in the sun. Also a nice area for conducting theory classes between dives!

Dive Platform

A spacious dive platform at sea level and two wide spine ladders makes for easy entrance and exits from the water with or without fins - ideal for disabled divers and tec divers!

Culture and history info

Aqaba's long history dates back to pre-biblical times, when it was known as Ayla. According to the Bible's Old Testament, King Solomon built a naval base at Ezion Geber, just 3km from where the modern town of Aqaba stands today.

From 106 AD, the Romans, who ruled the region from their base in Syria, also used Ayla as their trading sea port, until it came under the control of the Byzantine Empire in the early 4th century. The Byzantines appointed Christian Arabs from south Arabia to rule the port city on their behalf.

The Middle Ages were turbulent years for Ayla. In the 12th century, the crusaders captured the city. They built a fort on Far'un Island, known then as Ile de Graye, 7km offshore. Ayla was then retaken by Saladin and the fort became known as Saladin's Castle. In a counter-attack, the notorious crusader, Reynald de Chatillon, took the island, but lost it again to Muslim forces the following year.

When the Mameluk Sultans of Egypt took control of the region, they renamed the city Aqaba and, in the 14th century, built the town's famous Mameluk fort. The Mameluks were followed by the Ottomans, who ruled Aqaba for 4 centuries.

Aqaba was taken from the Ottomans in 1917 by Arab forces together with T. E. Lawrence. At the end of World War I, the British secured Aqaba for Jordan.

Unfortunately there are no accommodations at this location at the moment.

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