Aqaba, Jordan: Diving the Red Sea
One of the most valuable aspects of travel – aside from meeting wonderful people in every single country – is what it teaches you about geography. Here, on my first journey to the Middle East, I find myself gobsmacked by the proximity of the four countries surrounding Aqaba, at the southern tip of Jordan, where I’ve been the last three days. The photos below are from two days of diving in the Red Sea, which I failed to part. Day one was a shore dive — my first! — and looking out from the dive site, you could scan across the Gulf of Aqaba and see Jordan, Israel (the city of Eilat) and Egypt, and the Saudi border was just behind us. I can’t wait to come back to this region for more exploration.
As for the diving… I’d heard the Red Sea was a dream, and it’s true. The wreck is a ship that was sunk on purpose by the current king when he was crown prince because he knew divers would enjoy it. One of the dive sites is called The Aquarium, and that’s exactly what it is.
I crossed the 70-dives mark on this trip… not bad for less than two years of diving! My German dive buddy was on his 100th dive and was told that international dive rules required him to observe the occasion by diving nude in 24C water. He took a pass on that one. Pretty sure I will, too, when I hit that number.