Things To Do In Aqaba

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1. Red sea(Scuba Diving)

Red sea(Scuba Diving)
3.8 /5

12 km
from city center
1 out of 19
things to do in Aqaba

Just beyond the shore lie cool, azure waters, beautiful coves, millions of fish, fantastic visibility and sheltered reefs. They all send a siren call to scuba divers and mark the Red Sea as a world-class scuba diving destination.

2. Aqaba Museum

Aqaba Museum
3.5 /5

1 km
from city center
2 out of 19
things to do in Aqaba

Aqaba Museum is the official archaeological museum of Aqaba, situated in the former house of Sharif Hussein Bin Ali near the Aqaba Flagpole and Aqaba fort. It houses collections of artefacts dating from around 7000 BC to the 12th century AD.

3. Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum
4.5 /5

39 km
from city center
3 out of 19
things to do in Aqaba

Wadi Rum is a protected area of dramatic desert wilderness in the south of Jordan. There are many ways to enjoy the attractions of Rum, including jeep, camel and hiking tours and you can stay overnight in a Bedouin tent.æ

4. Souk

Souk
4.2 /5

0 km
from city center
4 out of 19
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The market place is a great place to buy traditional spices.æ

5. Turkish bath or Hammam

Turkish bath or Hammam
4.3 /5

0 km
from city center
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Get a good scrub down and massage in a traditional Turkish bath.

6. Sharif Hussein Bin Ali Mosque

Sharif Hussein Bin Ali Mosque
3.5 /5

1 km
from city center
6 out of 19
things to do in Aqaba

Sharif Hussein bin Ali Mosque is a white marble mosque and an icon of Aqaba. It has the largest domes among Jordan’s mosques and is considered the main mosque for Aqaba’s citizens. The mosque is admired for its intricately patterned central dome and minaret, which lights up at night and looks spectacular.

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7. Ayla Aqaba

Ayla Aqaba
3.5 /5

1 km
from city center
7 out of 19
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Ayla is a historical site with the ruins of the first Islamic city outside the Arabian Peninsula in Aqaba. The remains of the city were excavated around 1989. Archaeologists have discovered fortified stone walls with a length of 165 m and some being as high as 3 m.

8. Aqaba Bird Observatory

Aqaba Bird Observatory
3.7 /5

5 km
from city center
8 out of 19
things to do in Aqaba

Aqaba Bird Observatory, located in Al-Salam Forest, is home to many migratory birds. Up to 390 different species of birds can be spotted here, including some vulnerable and endangered species such as Madagascar Grebe, Great Snipe and Marbled Teal. The best time to visit is during the spring or autumn months.

9. Aqaba Church

Aqaba Church
3.7 /5

1 km
from city center
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Aqaba Church or the Archaeological Church of Aqaba is the ruins of a 3rd-century church known to be the oldest purpose-built church in the world. It is older than the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, built in the late 320s.

10. Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden
4.1 /5

13 km
from city center
10 out of 19
things to do in Aqaba

Japanese Garden is a well-known dive site in Aqaba located just south of the Cedar Pride shipwreck. With its perfect mix of shallow and deep waters and a sloping reef, it is the ideal place for diving and snorkelling. The dive starts at an easy 10-12m and goes to around 30m. Taiyong, the technical dive site, is safe for all levels of divers or snorkelers, ranging from beginners to the more advanced.

11. Aqaba South Beach

Aqaba South Beach
3.7 /5

4 km
from city center
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South Beach is a stretch of public and private beaches located south of Aqaba city centre. The beach has a long coastline of 12km with colourful coral reefs and a stunning view of the Red Sea. It is also famous for diving and snorkelling.

12. Al-Ghandour Beach

Al-Ghandour Beach
3.4 /5

1 km
from city center
12 out of 19
things to do in Aqaba

Al-Ghandour Beach is a free public beach in Aqaba. It’s a great place to dip in the waters of the Red Sea and sunbathe while watching the stunning views of Eilat. There are canopies on the beachside for resting under the shade, a cafeteria, and other small food joints offering refreshments. Popular activities include swimming, boating and snorkelling. It is usually swamped and crowded on Thursdays and Fridays.

13. Aqaba Marine Park

Aqaba Marine Park
3.9 /5

0 km
from city center
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Aqaba Marine Park, located on the Gulf of Aqaba, is Jordan’s only marine park famous for diving. There are 19 diving sites here, like the Japanese Garden, with more than 127 types of coral reefs and 450 fish species. Other activities include snorkelling, sailing and glass-bottom boat rides. There are also small shopping centres along with the beach and food stalls with fantastic seafood.

14. Aqaba Fortress

Aqaba Fortress
3.8 /5

1 km
from city center
14 out of 19
things to do in Aqaba

The Aqaba Fortress, also known as the Mamluk Castle, is famous for its role in the Arab revolt. The Fortress is mainly intact today, and you can explore the entire two-storey structure, including the stables, the prison and the execution room. The main gate has been beautifully preserved in its original state.

15. Aqaba Aquarium

Aqaba Aquarium
3.5 /5

12 km
from city center
15 out of 19
things to do in Aqaba

The Aqaba Aquarium is part of the Aqaba Marine Science Station near the Aqaba Port. It is rich and full of rare wildlife that can be seen in the Red Sea. The water in the Aquarium is pumped directly from the Red Sea, allowing you to see the inhabitants of the Aquarium very close to their natural habitats. The octopus is its major attraction, along with colourful parrotfish, stonefish, eels and reef sharks.

16. Al-Hafayer Park

Al-Hafayer Park
3.5 /5

2 km
from city center
16 out of 19
things to do in Aqaba

Al-Hafayer Park is a public park located in Aqaba, Jordan right next to the Al-Hafayer Beach. Close to many attractions of the city, it is one of the oldest places in Aqaba. It is the perfect place for having a relaxing day, walking along the beach, having a family picnic at the park, enjoying the sea view or heading to one of the public cafés and restaurants. There are many shisha bars nearby.

17. Visit the high flag

Visit the high flag
3.8 /5

0 km
from city center
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Arab Revolt Plaza is a spacious public square in Aqaba. It features the world's sixth tallest flagpole with a height of 130m. The pole stands as a symbol of the Great Arab Revolt of 1916. It has an added historical value of being the house of the revolt leader, Al Hussein Bin Ali, and is the site where the first bullet of the uprising was shot.

18. Glass Bottom Boat Tour

Glass Bottom Boat Tour

0 km
from city center
18 out of 19
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Soak in the picturesque views of the Red Sea while you are on a cruise in the glass-bottomed boats of Aqaba. Parrot fish, rainbow fish, stone fish, chicken fish, clown fish and occasionally even the local delight Denis are seen, depending on your luck. These tours usually take 3 to 4 hours of your day, where you can relax and watch the marine life floating as you experience your shared-cruise. You may even travel past the Aqaba Castle, Eliat, and the Ayla Oasis on your journey.

19. Souk By the Sea

Souk By the Sea

0 km
from city center
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The Weekly Street market of Aqaba, Souk by the Sea takes is hosted every Friday next to Captain’s Hotel on Nahda Street. This market is organized to promote goods and handicrafts made by the locals and offers a wide range of handicrafts, food, and entertainment for families and children. There are about 30 stands selling exquisitely handmade souvenirs, including jewelry, clothing, bags, wooden gifts, and toiletries. Additionally, you can have temporary hand-painted henna tattoos and drink mint tea.

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FAQs on Aqaba

How can I commute within Aqaba?

Most places in Aqaba down town are within walking distance from the hotels. If you have to take a taxi anywhere, it is usually pretty cheap. Travelling from one side of town to the other should cost no more than 1.500 JD. Most dive centres are based out of town on the South Beach and organise transport from the hotels each morning. A new resort area, Tala Bay has recently opened in the South. Most of the hotels here are 5 stars and have regular shuttle buses in to the city. Taxis to Tala Bay from Aqaba costs approximately 10 JD. Always make sure that the taxi driver uses his meter.¾
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