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Underwater Photo Location: Aquaba reefs

Underwater Photo Location: Aquaba reefs

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  • FIRST BAY: Situated next
    to the Marine Science Station, this a shallow fringing reef with very prolific
    coral and fish life, the reef starts at 2m/6’ and extends down to 30-40m and
    beyond. There is a small area of upwelling that attracts shoaling fish. Sea
    bass, shoals of fusiliers, schools of squid and octopus are common making this
    an excellent site for photographers. This is a more advanced dive
    site.


  • BLACK ROCK: This site provides very easy access and is ideal for
    snorkelers and anyone who is new to the area, as a coral garden starts just
    below the surface and extends outwards for approximately 30m when it drops away
    steeply. The reef is prolific with a wide range of fish and is regularly visited
    by turtles.


  • GORGONE ONE: This is a relatively shallow site, generally (10m) though
    is named after a large gorgonian fan coral which is at 16mtrs. This site has
    splendid examples of massive coral formations, including a 'lettuce coral' the
    size of a small house. There are lots of rock pinnacles smothered in fish life,
    with a large range of both hard and soft corals covered in Lionfish which gather in huge numbers to hunt for fry. This site is a photographer’s paradise and an
    ideal site for second dives.


  • EEL CANYON: This site is aptly named and provides a dramatic dive with
    lots of variation in invert life, it has the advantage of lots of large coral
    outcrops that offer a variation in depth and contour.


  • BLUE CORAL: Fingers of coral extending at right angles to the coast.
    Covered with a profusion of fish and coral life. You also will not have to look
    very hard to discover the abundance of small, gray morays. This site also has
    the rare fluorescent anemones, but be warned they look muddy brown if
    photographed with a strobe.


  • SAUDI BORDER: (The Drop Off) This site is so called because it is just
    that, you could swim into Saudi Arabia from here, but don't try it! The top of
    the reef starts at 5m/15’ with patch reef and the reef top itself extends
    approx. 30-40m/100-120’ seaward at a depth of 10-20m. At this point a wall of
    living coral drops down to 50m and beyond. There are small caverns at 30m and
    large plate corals abound. At around 40m a large Grouper is to be found hiding
    behind a rock pinnacle. Along the reef edge it is common to see turtles. The
    sand is home to some large rays and deep water shoaling fish, such as Jack and
    Tuna can be seen.


  • POWER STATION: Here the reef drops from the surface to 5M/15’ then
    slopes to 12M/36’ before dropping vertically to 200M/320’ in a sheer wall.
    Swimming along the edge of the wall offers spectacular views and large pelagic
    species make this their hunting ground. Soft corals abound as nutrient rich
    waters gently flow along the wall. This dive requires good buoyancy control and
    offers some spectacular coral outcrops with huge numbers of fish. The dive can
    be completed in shallow water between 12 and 5 M, where an abundance of varied
    hard corals each with its attendant species, keep divers entertained.


  • PARADISE: A gentle slope with patch corals leads to a pinnacle and cave
    at the edge of a wall in 30M/100’. Working back up to the south we encounter
    soft coral gardens at 10-15M/30-45’. Stingrays and eagle rays are common in
    this area.


  • OLIVERS CANYON: Swim out to 12M/36’ where the reef starts with a gully
    dropping down to 30M. The top of the reef is covered in table corals, where
    Scorpion, Stone and Crocodile fish abound.


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The ancient city of Petra about two hours North of Aqaba.


Facts about Aquaba reefs
  • It is in Jordan
  • Aquaba reefs is in the Red Sea.
  • The typical depth is 0-30 Metres 0-100 Feet.
  • The typical visibility is 3-10 Metres 10-30 Feet.
Dive types
shorewall

Marine Life
bigsmallshoals

Diving facilities
airguided

Photo facilities
macrowideangle

by Alexander Nikolaev
Nudibranch. Camera Sony DSC-T30

by Alexander Nikolaev
Evening shot with torch. Camera Sony DSC-T30

by Alberto Romeo
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