15 Best Things to Do in Aqaba, Jordan

Aqaba is Jordan’s busy and vibrant port city on the Red Sea. It’s one of the most popular and important tourist destinations in the country.

Aqaba has a wonderful array of ancient ruins, charming museums, bustling souks, and bird-watching opportunities to enjoy too.


This is a lovely place to learn how to dive, as the dive shops teach to a high standard and can qualify you with PADI certificates or other qualifications.

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Enjoy the Snorkeling

You can find turtles, moray eels, and even sharks just off the beaches, making snorkeling one of the best things to do in Aqaba Jordan.

Dive the Cedar Pine Wreck

The most impressive wreck dive is the Cedar Pine, an old Lebanese cargo ship which was deliberately sunk in the 1980s, on personal orders from the Jordanian king.

Dive the Tank

This is quite literally what the name suggests, a sunken tank that’s become a popular underwater photo opportunity as well as a small, artificial reef.

Visit the Aqaba Aquarium

Located close to the port, Aqaba Aquarium is home to a wide variety of marine species that you will also find in the water and in the coral reefs off of the coastline.

Aqaba Bird Observatory

At the observatory, there’s a walking trail which makes it way through artificial wetlands designed to help protect the birds making their migrations.

See the Arab Revolt Flag

This enormous flagpole, with the unique and equally large Arab Revolt Flag at its top, is the most visible landmark in the city.

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