Eel Garden dive site, Aqaba, Jordan
Name: Eel Garden Aqaba
Depth: max – 35 meters / 115 feet
Access: boat or shore
Visibility: 10-30 meters
Site of the famous ” pinnacle ”. It get this name after the myriads of garden eels resident in the sand and grass areas here. Probably it is one of the largest populations in the Red Sea! This provides an excellent area for photography. There is a sandy slope down to 20 meters (cover in garden eels – you need to stay still for them to appear). There is a fantastic display of black corals.The pinnacle covered in an array of soft corals. It is a home for many different species of Morays, rare Harlequin Shrimp and Ghost Pipe Fish. Plus lots of Glass Fish protected by a Red Toothed Grouper and Lion Fish.
With an easy shore access, the Eel Garden dive site offers a number of surprises.
As well as the obligatory garden eels, this site is home to an assortment of other interesting critters. Crossing the sand and heading left from the shore, there are several coral heads hosting yellow-mouthed morays and anemones.
A sea grass bed offers a hiding place for many young fish and eels, but keep an eye open for the numerous scorpion fish and lion-fish that can be found here.
However, the most outstanding feature is the pinnacle at just 7 m. This is truly a photographer’s paradise. Surround by Anthias (Gold fish) and black corals, the pinnacle is a busy cleaning station managed by a giant moray and manned by his team of banded boxer shrimp.
Look carefully, because a galaxy of creatures can be here including frog fish. If you dive this site at night, you are likely to see resident toad fish and the red swimming crabs that hide within the pinnacle’s recesses during the day.
Amazing dive site in Aqaba available for all levels of experience!
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