When planning this trip, diving in the Gulf of Aqaba was the primary objective.
Some years previously, I worked in Saudi Arabia and dove in the Red Sea in my
spare time. The diving there was outstanding and I was looking forward to a similar
experience in the Gulf of Aqaba. Unfortunately, this turned out to be a bit of a
disappointment. The diving was good but not outstanding. Nonetheless, it was enjoyable.
Relative to the size of the Gulf of Aqaba, the area in which we dove was quite small. As can be seen in the map to the left, the area of Jordan that borders the Gulf of Aqaba is tiny. We were not allowed to dive in the waters off the bordering countries of Israel and Saudi Arabia.
As you will see in the following pictures and videos, the visibility was average. The condition of the coral was a little below average. However, there was a reasonable variety and amount of sea life.
The photos and videos below were taken with 1990s vintage analogue cameras and subsequently digitized. Accordingly, the quality not great. Regardless, it is a good record of the trip.
Below are thumbnails of each of the photos.
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|DISCLAIMER: The above three photos and videos contain behaviour which is wrong and I do not approve. A responsible diver's mantra is " Look but don't touch and leave nothing but bubbles". With some misgivings, I've included them because they are a true record of this trip. If any divers view these photos and videos, hopefully they will remember and abide by the "diver's mantra".