Aqaba and its surroundings are rich in natural wonders, heritage, and are well known for their tourist attractions and life-changing experiences. Home to one of the most amazing ecosystems, the Red Sea, where its aquatic life is a treasure itself. The deserts and mountains are filled with nature and hidden gems waiting to be discovered.
Learn more about the underwater life in Aqaba
during a specialist course on identification of the marine life. There are over one thousand species of fish, 300 SUB-SPECIES of CORALS you might encounter while diving at one of over 20 dive sites available at the coast of Aqaba.
Visit the Aqaba Marine Park
The marine protected area is located south of Aqaba. Its aim is to preserve the marine biosphere and its habitants for future generations. The park operates diving sites within the coastline, with fully equipped facilities where visitors can explore different aquatic marvels including seashell museum, an educational playroom for kids, a small library as well as a restaurant and a gift shop.
Aquarium at the Marine Science Station
If you do not have the opportunity or the inclination to dive or snorkel, visit the Aquarium at the Marine Sciences Station for a close encounter with the rich and varied fish life of the Gulf of Aqaba. Lionfish, parrotfish, moray eels, turtles and lethal stonefish are just a few of the species that are just a pane of glass away.
Learn More about Seashells
At the Aqaba Marine Park, you can explore the magical marine life of the Aqaba’s Red Sea. Vibrant coral reefs and aquatic life treasures are protected by the Marine Park, occupying 7 km of a protected area of the South Beach.
Enjoy the Blue Flag beaches and Green Key facilities
The City of Aqaba is committed to providing environmentally friendly tourism as it offers a wide variety of activities for tourists to experience its wonders. Aqaba fully understands the impact of city life and tourism on its natural environment. With this in mind, the city has implemented the Green Key Programme, which is a leading standard of excellence in the field of environmental responsibility and sustainable operation within the tourism industry. In addition, the city has implemented the Blue Flag Programme – a world-renowned eco-label trusted by millions around the globe. The status makes sure that the beaches adhere to strict criteria for cleanliness, preservation of marine life and sustainability.
Bird watching during their annual migratory stop in Aqaba
Aqaba is not only a desirable destination for tourists, but it is also an important resting site for many migratory birds heading north up the Gulf of Aqaba each spring. Any tree, bush, dripping irrigation pipe, or pool of water is a welcome sight for a tired migrating bird arriving from an exhausting flight over the sea or across the desert. Aqaba boasts a bird observatory where you get up close with some of the 390 species of birds which reside in Jordan or used as an annual migratory stop. Because of its location, The Aqaba Bird Observatory (ABO) receives flocks of birds coming from Europe, Asia and Africa every migration season.
It is run by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature and is an essential site for many European and African migratory species. The observatory also assists in research and monitoring by developing a database for bird migration and raising awareness regarding bird migration through Aqaba.
The Aqaba Bird Observatory is located in Al-Salam forest near South Wadi Araba Crossing Border with a total area of 0.5 km2. To visit the site, please take the road heading towards the Aqaba-Eilat border. Tickets & a shuttle bus are also available from MÖVENPICK RESORT & RESIDENCES AQABA to ABO.
Diving for a cause
If you are a certified diver and care about protecting the marine environment, join Aqaba Dive clean-up National Team and take part in one of their regular clean-up dives. This recently established team has already organised and sponsored many clean-up dives and collected tones of rubbish from the most affected areas.