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The Freak Storm that Left the Hercules C130 a Real Wreck 1

The Freak Storm that Left the Hercules C130 a Real Wreck

On November 16, 2017, Aqaba created a new dive site and sunk an old Hercules C130 transport aircraft. It took a lot of preparation to prepare the plane for sinking and much coordination between the Royal Jordanian Navy, the Aqaba Port Corporation, and ASESA, the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority. They placed it 300m/984ft off the shore at a maximum depth of about 16 meters. King Abdullah II spearheaded this project to promote tourism and create an artificial reef for fish to inhabit. Some people are naturally skeptical about artificial reefs and wonder why people would want to put things like planes underwater. Because artificial reefs soon become a habitat for new marine life, they create popular destinations for divers. They also divert pressure away from heavily visited coral reefs. Too many divers in certain spots can eventually cause damage. So many believe that artificial reefs can create a win-win situation for the environment and the economy. And it was with this intent that Aqaba decided to sink the Hercules. They placed the plane in a location near the M42 Duster tank that was easily accessible from shore  or boat by divers and snorkelers. At that time, the plane was fully intact and quite a sight to behold underwater.  Photo: Torbjorn Gylleus / DYK – The Scandinavian Dive Site, used by permission Photo: Torbjorn Gylleus / DYK – The Scandinavian Dive Site, used by permission Hercules C130 2017 Photo: Torbjorn Gylleus, used by permission Photo: Torbjorn Gylleus, used by permission Photo: Torbjorn Gylleus, used by… Read More »The Freak Storm that Left the Hercules C130 a Real Wreck

venomous creatures in the red sea

Venomous Creatures In the Red Sea

The Red Sea is visited by many divers every year because it offers some of the best diving in the world. Gentle currents and temperate waters are a perfect environment for a large diversity of marine life. However, several marine creatures may be harmful and maybe even deadly for humans who come in direct contact with them. These include stonefish, lionfish, and scorpionfish. They live in tropical and temperate waters such as the Red Sea, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. These creatures are not normally aggressive, but if they feel threatened their defense mechanisms might make them respond in such a manner. It is usually people’s lack of awareness that are the main cause of injuries by these animals. Therefore, it is best to be aware and avoid physical contact. Stonefish This is one fish that everyone should avoid as it is the world’s most venomous fish. The stonefish can inject venom through its dorsal fin spines. That venom can kill an adult in less than an hour. They often hide under the sand or in coral. Most stonefish injuries when an unsuspecting swimmer steps on one or touches one accidentally since they sit perfectly still, and they often blend in perfectly with their surroundings. It is very easy to swim right over these masters of disguise. Scorpionfish These fish are also very venomous. Like the stonefish, their dorsal fin injects dangerous venom. The venom is extremely painful to humans but potentially fatal to other animals. Scorpionfishes can be quite colorful and can easily blend into the corals or… Read More »Venomous Creatures In the Red Sea

Why Aqaba Should Be Your Next Dive Destination 14

Why Aqaba Should Be Your Next Dive Destination

Let’s face it. Divers love nothing better than being underwater. We love warm, clear waters, healthy corals, and a good variety of marine life or wrecks to enjoy. One of the top destinations for scuba divers has always been the Red Sea. And more often than not, they head towards Egypt. But The Red Sea coastline touches Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, Israel, and Jordan. Aqaba, Jordan is not as well-known as Egypt, but it has some of the best dive sites in the Red Sea. Aqaba is a hidden gem full of healthy corals, diverse marine life, wrecks, artificial reefs, and warm sunny days. And it is in the Golden Triangle of Southern Jordan where Petra, the 7th New Wonder of the World, and Wadi Rum desert are located. Whether one is just beginning to dive or advanced, the calm waters make it easy for divers to do both shore and boat dives. The 23 dive sites offer a variety of diving experiences. And snorkelers can enjoy some of the sites due to their proximity from shore and shallow depth. Beginner divers enjoy the Hercules C130 plane because it is a beautiful wreck filled with juvenile fishes, lionfish, trunkfish, and soft corals. Just nearby is the M42 Duster tank that sits on a sandy bottom in just 5 – 7 meters of water. The tank is encrusted with corals and filled with marine life. Close to the tank are also large pinnacles covered with anthias and other smaller fishes. Another favorite… Read More »Why Aqaba Should Be Your Next Dive Destination

Jordan Covid-19 Requirements for tourists

Jordan COVID-19 Requirements for tourists

Prepare yourself for travel Ready to visit Jordan and experience the amazing scuba diving in Aqaba? Here is what you need to know to prepare yourself before travel to fulfill the Covid-19 requirements. Traveling instructions All travelers to Jordan must take a COVID‑19 PCR test prior to departure. Please note that children below 5 years old are not required to take a COVID‑19 PCR test before departure or on arrival. They must fill in the health declaration form and submit complete requirements at the check-in desk in their country of departure. COVID‑19 PCR testing All passengers must present a negative certificate for a COVID‑19 PCR test conducted within 120 hours prior to the scheduled time of arrival in Jordan. A certificate from any government approved lab will be acceptable. Passengers must install ‘AMAN Application’ on their personal device. You can read more about this app here. Passengers will undergo a second COVID‑19 PCR test upon arrival. The cost of the test is 28 JOD.   For passengers arriving in Amman, the fee for the test must be paid online. We recommend it be done through the Quest Lab portal.  After registration and successful payment, you will receive a QR code that must be presented at check‑in to be accepted for your flight. The QR code must also be presented to the authorities upon arrival for verification. For passengers arriving in Aqaba, the fee for the test can be paid online through the Biolab portal. You can also book appointments for Biolab personnel to come to your hotel/home before returning to your home country.… Read More »Jordan COVID-19 Requirements for tourists