Japanese Gardens Dive Site, Aqaba, Jordan

Name: Japanese Gardens Aqaba

Dive: Reef

Depth: max – 30 meters / 100 feet

Access: shore and boat

Visibility: 10-30 meters

Snorkeling: available

Japanese Gardens

Japanese Gardens Aqaba locate just to the south of the Shipwreck. Japanese Gardens dive site is one of the best dive sites worldwide. It has very good conditions for diving and snorkeling.

The site is a combination of shallow depths and heavy presence of barracudas, sergeant majors and fusiliers. This make this place like diving site the perfect diving destination for divers of all experience levels. Keep at a 20 meters depth and swim along edge of reef over bushes of black coral.

Marine life of Japanese Gardens

If sharks are to be seen (White Tip Reef sharks) this is where you will see them in the deep blue of the Gulf to your right. At 23 meters at the head of a gully there is a large Gorgonia Fan coral. From here start working your way into the shallows, keeping an eye out for resident turtles.

The reef begins in shallow water and then gently slopes to the magnificent colorful reef bed. There are very large schools of Anthias (Gold fish) play with the golden sun beams while getting their snack of plankton around the pinnicles. Lyre Tail Groupers, Royal Angelfish, Moray Eels, big Clam Shells are also very common here.

Entry is through a narrow gully in the fringing reef and then descend to an eel grass bed, where you will find Snowflake Morays. The main reef encounter at 5 meters then follow it down through shoals of Orange Basselets and Sergeant Majors.

In 2013 many corals placed here from the Saudi Border to save them from destruction due to development of a new port facility there. You will see many tagged markers. They are now starting to flourish and become part of this great reef again. There are two boat moorings on this reef one nearer the shore and another on the outer reef.

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