Muhafazat al `Aqabah Things to Do

  • Day Trip - Pharaoh Island
    by natsusu
  • Flagpole
    by angiebabe
  • Diving & Snorkeling
    by onfoot

Muhafazat al `Aqabah Things to Do

  • Diving & Snorkeling

    Aqaba Things to Do

    As recommended, I approached Arab Diving School to do 2 dives in the afternoon after I arrvied Aqaba. It costs JD35 (50 US). It is good price and the dive sites are good. The owner is very nice. He closed the shop and drove me to the dive site. Along the way, he picked up the dive master. While I was diving one-to-one, the owner waited on shore and...

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  • Beaches

    Aqaba Things to Do

    Aqaba's public beach lies to the south of the city, easily accessible on foot. It's several hundred metres of clean (at least in December) sand, free to enter and with excellent views across the Red Sea to Eilat in Israel. There are glass-bottomed boats, jet ski hire, boats for hire and so on and so forth. I'm sure that in warmer weather there...

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  • Local Life

    Aqaba Things to Do

    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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  • Flagpole

    Aqaba Things to Do

    This massive flagpole, erected in 2004, acts as a landmark from both land and sea. At 430ft/130m high it's apparently the fifth tallest in the world. Wiki tells me it can be seen from Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia...but I just saw it from Aqaba. :-) The flag it carries (itself huge at 20m x 40m) might look at first glance like the flag of Jordan,...

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  • Glass-bottomed Boats

    Aqaba Things to Do

    My friend and I took a ride on a glass bottom boat during our visit to Aqaba in February 2005. With little in the way of activity on Aqaba's beach, a boat ride seemed like an ideal way to pass a bit of time. Things started ominously when I managed to display the worst haggling performance in history - managing, after a lengthy discussion with the...

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  • Mamluk Fort

    Aqaba Things to Do

    Much of this building was 'under construction' when I visited, although it wasn't clear what construction was actually being done. Large parts of the building were cordoned off for safety so I could only explore pat of it. This is Mamluk fort, originally built in the 1300s by Sultan Qansweh Al Ghuri. Its entrance is impressive, with two...

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  • Daytrip - Desert

    Aqaba Things to Do

    I know that some of my friends will tell me those are not really mountains, but for this region they are, if you have the time you can go and visit the desert mountains, they are just in the outskirt of the city.

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  • Archaeology

    Aqaba Things to Do

    If you have a look around the area of Aqaba's Jett office (and bus station), about 200m north of the Aila ancient site and near a large new roundabout which is not shown on goglemaps, you'll eventually find two areas of excavation. It took me ages, partly because the Aqaba streetmap in my Rough Guide bore no relation to the reality in this area and...

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  • Beach Promenade

    Aqaba Things to Do

    The public beach Promenade stretches from the Yacht Club to the Flag Pole. Take any set of stairs from the street level to the beach, near the Jetty are tented facilities for small restaurants. Lots of flea market stands. The beach is a combination of sand and hard rock - a little uncomfortable on the feet and can get hot in the summer temp. of...

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  • Day Trip - Pharaoh Island

    Aqaba Things to Do

    Fullday trip to Pharaoh Island (Egypt) is operated ONLY on SUNDAY. The pier is located near Aqaba fort and starts from around 10AM. We stop by Tala Bay where more passangers are joining. After guided tour on Salah al dinh castle, we enjoy snorkeling. The water is crystal crear and even from the surface we could see a lot of fishes. Snorkeling gear...

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  • Al-Sharif Bin Hussein Ali Mosque

    Aqaba Things to Do

    I couldn't help but notice this rather beautiful, and very large, mosque as I wandered along the beach road on my way to Aqaba museum and fort. I was very taken by its whiteness in an area of yellow stone and sand, and by the intircacy of the minaret architecture. Helpfully, there is a large sign on the railings which tells you about the mosque...

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  • Archaeological Museum

    Aqaba Things to Do

    I'll be honest and say that I was rather disappointed by Aqaba's little archaeological museum. My Rough Guide dates from 2007 and mentions several items which I simply could not find. The museum seemed to me quite empty so I do wonder if artefacts have been stored or shipped elsewhere (I believe a new archaeological museum will soon open in Amman...

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  • Aquarium

    Aqaba Things to Do

    The Aquarium, officially known as the Marine Science Station, is a little way out of town along the coast to the south. There's a video explaining the different kinds of fish, with a great collection of parrotfish, lionfish and a lot more. There's also a display of stonefish which are poisonous, so you get an idea of just how hard it is to tell...

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  • Ancient Aila

    Aqaba Things to Do

    Aila (Aela to the Romans) was the important settlement in what is now called Aqaba. People have lived in the area since 4000BC but it was during Nabatean and Roman times that it became a major port and stop on the trading routes between Asia and Africa. Certainly Aela was an important Roman port during the 1st century AD. Although much of ancient...

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  • Visitor Centre

    Aqaba Things to Do

    The Visitor's Centre in Aqaba is located in the Park, across the street from Ali Baba's Restaurant. It's very small but has maps of Jordan and other brochures printed by the Jordan Tourism Board - all free.

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