If you like marine life or diving at all, Aqaba Marine Park is definitely one of the places to visit when you go to Aqaba. This place was established by the government in the late 90’s-in 1997, to be precise-and for a very important reason: it was noticed that extensive use of the marine resources of the Gulf of Aqaba was having a fairly large influence already on the environment-one not entirely positive. As a result, the need for a body that would handle conservation and management of at least one environmentally significant part of the gulf was brought to the fore. The answer was the Aqaba Marine Park, which is basically a protected area where people work not only to safeguard the biodiversity of the local waters but also to promote in a healthy and measured way the import of the park’s work to tourists and locals alike.
The park is about 7km long and is situated on the southern coastline of the city. There are several zones in the park, and you can use the zoning to figure out [Read more…]