Aqaba Travel Guide

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Aqaba Highlights

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    TheWanderingCamel says…

     The diving in Aqaba is among the best in the world 

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     the heat... 

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     Wonderful for Scuba too! 

Aqaba Things to Do

  • DIVING

    Besides Aqaba having a beautiful beach it is a good place to go diving from one of the several outfits that are based there. There are many dive sites there. Check out www.diveaqaba.com/diving.html

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  • Send Mom a Post Card

    Don't forget to send Mom a postcard. Visit the Aqaba Post office, get your card or letter weighed for postage, and the staff will handle the rest.Price: 100Fils for 10 grams.Tip: The average price for a card in an envelope to the Americas is 1JD.

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  • Take out Shwarma....

    Eat what locals eat...in the lane near the Entrance to Aqaba Market, leading to Amer's Hotel is a take out place. Chicken Shwarma sandwiches are half JD; a bucket is 1 JD consisting of a shwarma sandwich, fries and salad to go.Fresh oven baked breads stuff with spinach, potato or white cheese is 100Fils; topped with Zhatar Spice and Olive oil...

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Aqaba Restaurants

  • Excellent seafood

    We were looking for a restaurant reccomended by Lonely Planet but, as it happened often in this trip, the restaurant turned out to be closed. The guy we asked for information told us that if we wanted to eat good fish we should have tried this Floka.Simple not big menu and simple dishes, we appreciated it.Both grilled and fried fish were...

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  • The best food in town!

    We tried the usual places; Ali Baba, Flokas and Captains but we were disapointed. At last we tried Syrian Palace next to the mosque on second floor and found a truly delicious restaurant with modest prices. The chicken ozi, the baba ganoush and the tabouli were fantastic and they had fresh sallads. We also liked the polo drink, mint and lemon. The...

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  • Don't miss out on the best Shawerma in...

    Tatbeeleh is the best Shawerma in Aqaba ... I could even say it competes with Amman's best Shawerma stands.Under 2$ you can have a wonderful meal here, there are only few tables as mainly people take out their meals. Shawerma jaj - Or Chicken Shawerma is my favourite ...They also have beef Shawerma, which I like too ...You can have it in a...

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Aqaba Nightlife

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  • Not much to do

    Aqaba is increadibly queiet after sunset, I say incredibly because it is a beach resort. The only place where to drink something untill late is the Gateway a place where you can find some restaurants, outlets and pubs.

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  • Live music and dancing

    This is the newest place in town, Currently they have a good band ... Wednesday is the ladies night so all drinks are at 50%Tuesday is the fun Karoke night, so if you are there on a Tuesday go and have a blast. Casual

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  • Bars in Aqaba

    Upstairs at the Gateway complex on the waterfront are two bars - Rovers with outside patio and Friends. Rovers is an English style pub with beer on tap and western menu.MacDonald's is next door, and there is an internet cafe downstairs. Casual dress code - jeans or shorts are fine.

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Aqaba Transportation

  • Bus

    With the rather good roads around Jordan the bus lines are the most common and easy way of transportation here. We used bus to get to Petra and back and that was smooth and easy drive.

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  • From the Border Terminal to Aqaba

    There is no public transport to the terminal. Only privately-owned Israeli cars may cross through the terminal and travel within Jordan after a change of license plates, registration and the payment of a tax.You can watch my 3 min 42 sec HD Video Jordan Aqaba-Petra part 1 out of my Youtube channel.You can watch my high resolution photo of Petra on...

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  • Wadi Araba Border Crossing

    The Wadi Araba Border Crossing is an international border crossing between Aqaba, Jordan and Eilat, Israel. In 2006, the Israelis renamed their border terminal to Yitzhak Rabin Terminal, after the late Prime Minister.The terminal is open from 6:30 to 20:00, Sunday through Thursday, and from 8:00 to 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays, every day of the...

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Aqaba Shopping

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  • Duty free booze!

    Aqaba is a duty free shopping zone, and I was very indignant to find whisky being sold here for a lower price that at the frontier! This is a good liquor shop, with a good selection of alcohol, wines and beers, both local and imported. Imported items are obviously more expensive, local "whisky" ("Black Jack") comes in at about 5JD the bottle....

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  • Aqaba - Computers, Cameras, Electronics

    AQABAThe PC Store next to the Mosque at Haya Hospital circle has computers and electronics.The Circle has four landmarks - Haya Hospital, Dream Mall, A Mosque, and the Shokini Building. Digital camera cards for 13JD - brand name KINGSTON. Good brand, no problem since I purchased it in January 2006. Lower priced than Hagoop's, the popular camera...

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  • Aqaba Bakery

    Visit the Bakery in Aqaba not only for bread, but for the army of delicious cookies baked daily. Try the shortbread variety ready to be boxed up to take home or the tea biscuits. The super friendly staff are ready to take on you a tour of the facilities to see how the arabic bread is made. Be careful, you may not come out for an hour!

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Aqaba Local Customs

  • Arak

    Jordan is Muslim country and many restaurants do not serve any alcoholic drinks. But the few that do, remember to order this common sprit on the Middle East, a shot of Arak.

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  • Making the sand bottles

    One of the nicest objects that you can buy in Jordan are the sand bottles. You can choose yout prefer bottle and waiting that the artist make it!!!!

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Aqaba Warnings and Dangers

  • The sun

    All year around it is usually sunny here. In the spring, summer and autumns it is also very hot here. Project your skin in the sun, wear a hat and drink lots of water.

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  • Transport across the border from Eilat

    What your VT hosts may not think to tell you - as VT hosts for Israel seem to think this is something you should find out for yourself or suffer the consequences (and if you do expect them to be able to tell you there is some strange message in there that means you are expecting them to be your social worker, tour agent or psychologist!!) - is that...

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  • Real money funny Money

    This happened to some friend of mine, not to me but I was there when the confromtation started, anyways... In Jordan like many countries in the middle east there is a picture of the King on the money, so when my buddies went to some kind stip club, they were given money that was for exclusive use at this club. needles to say when they left and tied...

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Aqaba Tourist Traps

  • Camel Rides

    Every where you go someone is going to offer you a camel ride, If you like riding animals, do it... if not just tell the kids that you are not interest...

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  • No need to pay JD2 more...

    You don't have to buy your return ticket few days prior to your departure. And you don;t need to buy your ticket from travel agency, because it will cause you JD2 more. Just see how locals wait in line and follow them... By the time you leave, you just go to the port, buy yourself a return ticket which cost US35 and then go through the...

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Aqaba What to Pack

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    by jadedmuse Written Nov 11, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Jordan is a Muslim country and you'll see many of the women wearing scarves to cover their heads - this isn't necessary for Western women visiting, but it IS respectful to keep your arms and legs covered, even if you're visiting Petra which can get very hot during the summer months. Lightweight natural fibers are a good way to go.

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Aqaba Off The Beaten Path

  • Fly over Aqaba & Wadi Rum

    This is a great way to see Aqaba, the trip can last up to 60 minutes where you get to fly over Aqaba and Wadi Rum. Seeing the desert from up top is breathtaking ... I personally loved flying in the micro-light which is a small one engine glider if I may say, and provides a sence of adventure ... The staff and management are super friendly, you can...

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  • A day fishing with locals

    Although fishing is not exactly what it used to be in Aqaba, but there are still many fishermen who go out on daily fishing trips. You can meet some of them at the coffee shop (Go to my things to do) or by the public sea access inside the city.They are mostly very friendly and would welcome you on board, provided that you help around.They usually...

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  • Wadi Yitm bey Aqaba

    Mount Yitm (El Ithm, Etham) is at the north end of Gulf of Aqaba, with Wadi Ithm nearby, so Etham might be the name for a region near Aqaba lead to Wadi Rum and Petra.You can watch my 4 min 02 sec HD Video Jordan Aqaba-Petra part 2 out of my Youtube channel.You can watch my high resolution photo of Petra on the Google Earth according to the...

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Aqaba Sports & Outdoors

  • Diving in the red sea

    The red sea in general is one of the richest diving reef's in the world, a fantastic place for such activity and just by snorkeling you will be able to see an amazing world of under water.

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  • Diving in Aqaba

    Jordan came late to the "tourist diving industry", and approached it slowly with all regard for the preservation of marine life. The results are paying off as far as the coral reefs are concerned. Profession photographers claim that the reefs here are easily as good as in the Maldives. If you bring your own diving suit, then in the winter months a...

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  • Diving sites : a map of the reefs

    There are over thirty main diving sites in Aqaba, most of them suitable for all levels of competence.. The reefs stretch for a distance of over 25kms or right down to the Saudi border. Aqaba is all fringing reef, there are no off-shore reefs. The reef starts literally at the water's edge and extends like the fingers of your hands into canyons...

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Aqaba Favorites

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  • Aqaba

    Aqaba is rather small town, I can't say that I was amazed of it, it does not have much to offer as a city, but the area is rather interesting.This flag here is much larger then it looks in this photo, it is by the sea shore and you can see it from almost 10 km away.

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  • Aqaba Gulf

    The Gulf of Aqaba is a large gulf of the Red Sea. In Israel it is named the Gulf of Eilat.There are three important cities at the northern end of the Gulf: Taba in Egypt, Eilat in Israel, and Aqaba in Jordan. All three cities serve both as strategically important commercial ports and as popular resort destinations for tourists seeking to enjoy the...

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  • Aqaba general background

    Aqaba is a coastal town in the far south of Jordan. Aqaba is strategically important to Jordan as it is the country's only seaport. The city borders Eilat, Israel, and there is a border post where it is possible to cross between the two countries. Both Aqaba and Eilat are at the head of the Gulf of Aqaba.You can watch my 7 min 03 sec HD Video ...

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