Due to its status as Jordan’s only port to the Red Sea, Aqaba boasts quite a number of excellent and professionally-run dive shops. One of the best of the bunch would have to be the Aqaba International Dive Center, without a doubt. This is not just one of the most highly-regarded of dive centres by tourists for the friendliness of its personnel and the excellence of its instructors but also has the distinction of being owned and established by the very first of all of Aqaba’s dive instructors, a person who got his training from the British Navy.
The Aqaba International Dive Center is actually not a very big one. It would definitely be a stretch to refer to the instructors as an armada and their facilities too are not overly large. But the instruments are undoubtedly top-notch and the same may certainly be said of the service, as many other people who have tried the shop’s services shall agree. This small group of diving professionals and instructors is part of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors or PADI and has a warm, friendly atmosphere that most people enjoy instantly.
There are dives throughout the day, with the number of regularly scheduled dives usually being about four per day (2 in the morning, 1 in the afternoon and 1 at night). You can rent equipment from them as well as hire consultants and guides for your trip. They are very reliable when it comes to providing flexible options, so here is a little tip: inform them in advance of the particulars of your vacation in the days before and after the day of your dive itself, so that they can pick the right spot or even advise you on which day might be best for your snorkelling or diving experience. This means that you should inform them if you plan to go to a high-altitude site (like Wadi Rum, for instance) 12hrs before or after the scheduled diving trip, so that they know how to compensate for the altitude differences and how that can affect your body.
The centre has a fine selection of dive sites for people looking to get a bit of underwater fun in. Some of the most popular locations would be Cedar Pride Wreck, Japanese Garden, and First Bay. The Cedar Pride Wreck runs from 10m to 28m in depth and is around the area of a sunken Lebanese freighter that sank in the 80’s and which is now smothered with corals and all sorts of marine life. The Japanese Garden is a gorgeously sloping reef that many snorkelers and divers love for the sheer colour of the flora and fauna in it, and the First Bay is a similarly magnificent place for lovers of marine creatures. Generally, the Aqaba International Dive Center should be capable of satisfying all your Red Sea diving cravings, so just inquire with their personnel as to the viability of whatever it is you desire to do or see. To get more information on the offerings of the centre and directions to it, visit the official website at www.aqabadivingcenter.com.