Visit Jordan to Dive in Aqaba and Experience Petra

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  • Jordan

  • Petra

  • Active Travel

  • Adventure Travel

  • International Travel

  • Nature Escapes

  • Diving

  • Ancient Ruins

  • Sightseeing

A visit to Jordan with red dirt roads and dark brown and red rock structures against a blue sky.
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A warm dive destination that's just a short flight from Europe, Aqaba is not on many people's must-visit list. But with Petra and Wadi Rum a short drive away, Aqaba is more than just a diving destination.

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Where to stay Jordan

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Kempinski Hotel Aqaba Red Sea

A Red Sea stunner in the heart of Aqaba’s beach, restaurant and nightlife attractions.

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Petra Guest House

Located a few steps from the entrance to Petra this traditional hotel serves up convenient accommodations and traditional Jordanian fare.

Lawrence's Spring – Wadi Rum Tours

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Things to do Jordan

A spice market in Jordan with 20 silver bowls full of red, yellow, green and brown spices on a tan table with a brown wooden cabinet in the back.

Go diving in the Red Sea

With its tranquil waters and empty beaches, Aqaba rivals the more well-known Egyptian dive sites in Hurghada and Sharm El Sheik. Top sites include the Cedar Pride, Japanese Garden, Seven Sisters and the C130 Hercules Aircraft.

Snorkel over a tank

If diving is not your thing, Aqaba is a great place to snorkel, with plenty of coral and sea life, warm water, shallow entry points and a real-life sunken tank.

Visit the ancient city of Petra

This is a once-in-a-lifetime bucket list experiences. It arguably beats any building in Europe.

Spend a night stargazing in Wadi Rum

Barren landscapes that have lent their desert hues to films like The Martian and Star Wars.

Miscellaneous things to do in Aqaba

Explore Jordan's history at the Archeological Church of Aqaba, or wander Aqaba's spice markets.

Eat & drink Jordan

A spread of Middle Eastern food in Jordan, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, pickled onions, and hummus, dolmas with yellow lemon and tan chicken and rice served in black cast iron skillets.


Baba Za'atar: Serves pizza, a local dish popular with everyone in town.

Alibaba Restaurant: Excellent local food at local prices.

Pistachio: Baklava heaven, with every sugary treat you could desire.


Al Wadi Restaurant: Great food and great people make this place unmissable.

Abu Elias Restaurant & BBQ: Drive-through BBQ. Need we say more?

Rainbow Snacks: The best hummus and falafel in town.

Jordan Coast

Cedar Ka’akeh: Amazing Lebanese food in the harbor.

Sea Bass Resto Bar: International cuisine, plus a friendly staff.

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