One of the best things to see in Aqaba is the Red Sea itself: a veritable wonderland of marine creatures and colours and a medley of everything that compels people to snorkel or scuba dive. Over a thousand species of fish have been documented to show up here, and over a hundred live exclusively in these waters. Coral reefs and slopes abound in the area as well, dotting the submarine landscape with superb spots of colour and even history where the corals have built up on wrecks of old cruisers and even tanks. The only difficulty with this scenario is that some people cannot really access these sights save through the distanced medium of television: a good number of persons cannot swim or are simply not secure with the feeling of being exposed and underwater. Fortunately for such people, a new solution has come up in the Gulf of Aqaba: the Neptune Boat.
The Neptune Boat in Aqaba is similar to the traditional glass-bottom boats so ubiquitous in tourist waters rich with wildlife. The primary difference is that this gives you a far larger panorama of the sea than you would get with your average glass-bottom boat. The Neptune Boat is basically a glass-bottom boat where almost the entire keel is clear. This gives you a huge range of vision, as you actually are submerged in the water while sitting in the bottom of the boat. From there, you can see some fantastic views of coral and fish, and if you are lucky, you may even get to see such things as 3-metre rays passing under or next to you.
The company that operates the Neptune boat may be found on Tala Bay Marina and offers two packages for those looking to book time on the semi-submersible craft. It offers hour-long trips in the boat as the most basic packages. Take note that the pay gets just slightly more expensive if you opt for the package that grants access to their beach club. All in all, though, the fee is very reasonable indeed: just about the same price as a good meal in the city itself.
There are some things you can take note of if you want to get as good an experience as possible on the Neptune Boat. First off, if you are bringing very small children (think toddler and just a year or so above), it may be possible to negotiate their fees or even get them into the boat for free. Take note too that it can be a bit warm when there are a lot of people on. You should also try to take seats at the back of the boat when you first get on it. This is so that you can get to the bottom first of all the passengers (the passageway that leads to the bottom is at the back of the boat) when the captain finally gives the signal for the passengers to move to the bottom or keel section of the craft.