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Situated on the Jordanian Red Sea coast at the northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba, the resort which shares the name is a long-established diving destination that boasts both lush coral reefs and some of the Red Sea's most notable wrecks. With little in the way of currents and a topography that sees gently sloping reefs fringe from the shore before dropping off into the depths, Aqaba diving is perfect for the inexperienced novice and the technical diver alike. 

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Away from the diving, the World Heritage site of Petra's ancient city and the expanse of Wadi Rum are easily accessible either as day trips, or as overnight excursions as the guests of the Bedouin, dining under clear and starry skies. The indirect flights to Aqaba via the capital city of Amman have dissuaded some tourists from visiting in the past, but the recent addition of direct flights from the UK and other locations makes it an ideal destination for divers to get their Red Sea fix.


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