After the few places of interest to visit, make way for the purpose of a stay in Aqaba: the Red
Sea. As I said above, the main interest is to be able to relax and enjoy the beach/sea.
With a big bonus for snorkeling and/or diving enthusiasts, the very rich seabed of the Red
As I said above, snorkeling here is not possible everywhere on the coast. Public beaches
located in the city or hotel beaches located in the center do not have interesting seabeds.
These are nice beaches for swimming, but nothing more. To enjoy snorkeling from the beach,
you have to go to Tala Bay, south of the city center, about 15 kilometers away.
You have two options:
go to one of the public beaches near Tala Bay (little or no infrastructure)
sleep in Aqaba in a hotel located in Tala Bay to take advantage of the hotel's
infrastructure and snorkel from the hotel beach. In my opinion, I share the best hotel
for snorkeling, the Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay. Corals/fish as far as the eye
can see, 3/4 meters from the sand …
Note, it is also possible to take boat trips for snorkeling. Not very interesting in my opinion
because you can do it easily from some beaches in Tala Bay.
Successful snorkeling photographs are you going to Jordan? Do you have a reflex or a hybrid
and want to take beautiful underwater photographs?
I really recommend that you buy a Dicapac waterproof camera bag which allows you to take
underwater photographs in complete safety. It’s much less expensive than a camera housing
because it won’t even cost you 100 euros… I have used it several times, here but also in
Zanzibar for example. It’s really ideal for occasional underwater use of your camera …
Scuba Diving In Aqaba
Diving in Aqaba is very popular. It’s one of the things to do here. A few tens/hundreds of
meters from the coast, there are very famous diving spots. Aqaba lives up to the reputation of
the Red Sea in terms of diving …
If you want to go scuba diving during your stay in the city, contact an on-site dive center, a
small local agency Downtown, or inquire directly at your hotel (but the prices may vary.
‘be higher in the latter case).
If you are wondering what to do in Aqaba and you do not yet know the city, it is a good bet
that you have never heard of this activity.
The concept of the glass boat is pretty cool. It is a small boat with a transparent bottom from
which it is possible to observe the seabed of the Red Sea.
There are dozens of glass boats in Aqaba. They are mainly located at Al Ghandour Beach and
the Arab Revolt Plaza. These boats then go south to admire the seabed of the Red Sea, all
while being placed in the boat. A pretty cool experience.
Why Go Through Aqaba In Jordan?
As I said in the introduction of this post, Aqaba is often forgotten by travelers. Most of those
who travel to Jordan stay there for 7-10 days. It is true that over such a period, the program is
often quite dense.
Between Petra, the Dead Sea, or Wadi Rum, which are essential for visiting Jordan, it is not
always easy to include this city in your travel itinerary.
However, we must not forget that a stay in Jordan is not necessarily easy. This is especially
true when traveling there in the summer when the temperatures are very high, whether on the
shores of the Dead Sea, in Petra or in Wadi Rum.
Therefore, ending your trip with 2 or 3 days of relaxation in Aqaba seems to me to be an
option to consider, even essential to combine cultural discovery and relaxation/leisure.
How To Integrate A Few Days Here Into Your Stay?
For me, the idea is to add this step at the end of your trip. Very often, the arrival in Jordan is
done in Amman, the capital which is located in the north of the kingdom.
In this case, I advise you to start your stay with a visit to Amman, gradually descend into the
country to finish with Aqaba as the last stop on the trip, before returning to Amman to reach
Spend 2 or 3 days here, at the very end of the trip, it is the assurance of relaxing, enjoying the
The Red Sea, Jordan’s good restaurants, and being in good shape before leaving the country.
If you arrive in Aqaba and not in Amman, the logic remains the same. In this case, leave the
city directly to start your road trip. And spend 2/3 days here at the very end of the trip before
taking the plane.