Aqaba Tala Bay

Aqaba is located in the south of Jordan and is the country’s only coastal city. It’s popular for its unique aquatic life, which is considered some of the most beautiful in the world. Colorful coral reefs and exotic schools of fish provide an unforgettable diving and snorkeling experience. Located in the Golden Triangle, along with Petra and Wadi Rum, as well as year-round warm weather makes Aqaba a popular travel destination in Jordan.

Aqaba Sightseeing and Activities

#1 Diving and Snorkeling

Aqaba’s most beautiful sight is located in the sea. An underwater paradise of coral reefs and a variety of colorful fish are only a stone’s throw away from the shore. The approximately 30 km (18 mi) long coast is home to more than 150 different coral species, (including hard and soft corals), as well as clownfish, mermaids, seahorses and many other tropical species.

A particularly popular diving site in Aqaba is the Cedar Pride wreck, a former cargo ship that sank off the coast.

Read more on diving and snorkeling in the Red Sea.

#2 Beach Vacation

Aqaba is located on the Gulf of Aqaba, which empties into the Red Sea. The city is ideal for a beach vacation no matter the season. There’re several public and private beaches. Public beaches are mostly frequented by locals. International tourists should prioritize the private beaches in the south. These are usually not crowded and offer more peace and relaxation than the public beaches.

#3 Aqaba Promenade

Right in the city center is a 3 km (1.8 mi) long beach promenade, ideal for a leisurely stroll along the Gulf. In addition to numerous cafes and restaurants, you’ll also find some sights here, like Aqaba Castle. The small fortress isn’t very impressive from the inside, but blends beautifully into the palmtree landscape of the beach promenade.

Besides, there are also numerous cosy cafés at Tala Bay, the popular diving and snorkeling spot in the south of Aqaba.

Aqaba Tala Bay
Walking around at Tala Bay in Aqaba

How to Get to Aqaba?

Aqaba can be reached via Highway 65, also known as the Dead Sea Highway, which runs from the far north of Jordan, along the Dead Sea, to Aqaba. From Amman, Petra and Wadi Rum you will travel first on Highway 15 (Desert Highway) and then on Highway 80. The drive from Amman to Aqaba by car takes about 4 hours. Wadi Rum can be reached in about one hour.

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Ahlan, I’m Kitty! Welcome2Jordan is the result of my love for Jordan, good food and adventures. Through this blog and my self-published travel guide, I’d like to share information on Jordan and it’s heritage, culture and cuisine.

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