The Red Sea is to dive for! I love scuba diving. Every now and then I take a special diving holiday. Like last time in Bodrum. Or I add some extra days to my schedule like this time. Every single time you go underwater it is the adventure of a lifetime. Therefore I’m still not bored of it. Every dive is a unique and memorable experience.
Red Sea Marine Peace Park in Jordan. I heard it was a photographer’s paradise! With huge canyons. Pinnacles and drop-offs to explore. Excellent visibility and a vast array of marine life. There was no way I wasn’t going to check how true that is.
As usual I was prepared. Checked the scuba diving schools. Got recommendations and decided on International Arab Divers. And as usual it was a jackpot! Amazing. Extremely friendly and professional people. A great vibe and outstanding diving.
I decided to do my Deep Dive Speciality. There is something exciting and mysterious about the depths that attracts me. Maybe it is the overwhelming feeling of exhilaration. Or a pure adrenaline rush. I can’t make up my mind.
All of the scuba diving sites in Jordan are located close to the shore line. I never did much of shore diving except for a few dives in Dahab a very long time ago. I was happy to become seasoned.
The great advantage of diving here in the Marine Park’s sites is the almost untouched condition of the coral. I guess this is thanks to the rich up-welling waters from the depths. The coral is vast and healthy. The fish active and the shallow areas are radiant with natural light. Scuba diving in crystal-clear waters. Exploring brightly coloured corals. Surrounded by fish unique to the region is my idea of a good day.
Scuba Diving Sites:
All ten dives were cool. But there are some which I will remember forever! One of them was dancing the tango with my buddy. 36m deep. A crazy thing to do.
The Power Station and First Bay were great reef sites with big drop-offs and an abundance of marine life. The Tank, an American M42 Duster Anti- Aircraft and the playful octopus changing its colours while I was hovering weightlessly near by.
Cedar Pride was an astonishing dive. The Saudi Border was an exciting experience. Mainly due to an army truck and boat with a gun barrel pointing at us while we came up to the surface. After some long conversation about the possibility of filling up a diving tank up to 400 bar and crossing the border underwater. We were let free to pack and move to another site. Really? Do I look like my biggest dream ever is to find myself in full diving equipment on the Saudi Desert with 600km to the closest city?!?
I wanted to say a very special THANK YOU to Houssine Kaddachi, the author of all these spectacular, underwater pictures I’m displaying in this post.