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Scuba Diving in the Gulf of Aqaba, Jordan, the Red Sea
Dive Site: First Bay
Location: N29°26'56.45"; E34°58'11.06", Jordan
Depth: 6 - 90 metres (20 - 300 feet)
Visibility: 20 metres (65 feet)
As well as being extremely pretty, this dive site is versatile in that it can be used for anything from try dives through to technical diving. Recreational divers can see cabbage coral and wide expanses of black coral trees. Parrotfish and a large number of cornetfish inhabit the area, changing in waves of colour as you watch them hunt the smaller fish. Also keep an eye out for the eight lined wrasse! This is a nice colourful dive with some deeper stuff for those who want it. Near the base of the mooring is a permanent bottom line 30m in length at 9m in depth which can be used for measured swims, navigation training and for staging deco tanks on tec dives.
The deeper portion of the site is named Death Valley as recreational divers occasionally get into trouble here because of the strong down current - at the bottom of the valley depths can reach 100m plus. The fan corals are prolific from 40m down, collecting nutrients caused by upwelling water from the depths. There is also an amazing display of giant whip corals rising up from the reef at 55m plus. Be careful how far you go here though as you could end up with a long swim in blue water completing your deco schedule!
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