Situated at the heart of the
Aqaba Marine Park Natural Aquarium, Berenice is blessed with an abundance of stunning
dive sites within easy reach of our onsite underwater experts. Our ‘in-house’
coral reef named Black Rock is just off the beach and is suitable for both
advanced and beginner divers.
One of Aqaba’s top dive
sites, the Cedar Pride Wreck is located next to the Beach Club. Our own diving center
is the only Jordanian diving center certified by the National Geographic, 5
Stars PADI which offers state-of-the-art diving facilities. Whether taking a
shore entry or boat trip you can experience the best that the Red Sea has to offer
and still be home in time for a sundowner drink at the Beach Bar.
By Shore: If entering from the beach
please enter and exit the water in the clearly marked entry/exit areas and
please do not walk on the living reef to go snorkeling or diving.
By Boat: Full day boat trips with two
dives, either with or without guide. Lunch served onboard. Please contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org for prices of snorkeling or
Popular Local Dive Sites:
First Bay: This
700m long reef is situated just south of Aqaba’s Marine Science Station. The
site rapidly descends in the middle to a depth of more than 30m creating two
outwardly shallow sites. Reefs fringing this site contain fire corals and branching
acropora of various species. Angel fish, lyretail grouper, broomtail wrasse and
blue surgeonfish are common. The shallow site on the shore side is perfect for
Japanese Garden: Located
just south of the ‘Shipwreck’ this is one of the best dive sites in the world.
With very good conditions for diving and snorkeling, the reef begins in shallow
water and then gently slopes to a magnificent colourful reef. Sunbeams from the
surface gleam off large schools of Anthias (goldfish). Royal angel fish, moray
eels, and large clams are very common.
Shipwreck “Cedar Pride”: The
Cedar Pride wreck is one of Jordan’s most
popular and celebrated dives. A former Lebanese freighter, the ship sustained
extensive damage during a fire in 1982. Following a request from King Abdullah
II, the ill-fated vessel was deliberately sunk approximately 50m offshore as an
artificial reef for divers. Lying on its port side at a maximum depth of 28m
across two reefs, the wreckage has been colonized by numerous hard and soft corals.
Marked by a surface buoy, the Cedar Pride can be dived from boat or shore. The
uppermost starboard side is at 10m, and so provides a great site for both
novice and experienced divers alike and makes for a great night dive.
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