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Scuba Diving in the Gulf of Aqaba, Jordan, the Red Sea
Dive Site: C486B Taiyong
Location: N29°25'40.50"; E34°58'11.83", Jordan
Depth: 35 - 57 metres (115 - 190 feet)
Visibility: 20 metres (65 feet)
This wreck was discovered by the Dive Aqaba Tec Team in 2004, lying on her starboard side off the dive site known as the Japanese Gardens. The maximum depth on the wreck is 57m and the top of the wreck is at 35m. She was bought by the Aqaba Port Authority in 1974 and was used for off loading ships coming in to Aqaba. An accident led to the jib of the loading crane dropping and causing damage to the ship's hold. Although this was repaired with a concrete plug, subsequent leaking was deemed uneconomical to repair and the ship was scuttled as a result in late 1999.
Shoals of fusiliers now patrol this pristine Red Sea wreck, which now has a profusion of colourful soft corals growing on her. The A-frame of the crane is fantastic for photography (if your camera housing has a deep enough rating!) and on the bow there are shoals of glass fish constantly hunted by many large lionfish.
Deco stops are waited out amongst the amazing flora and fauna of the shallow depth Japanese Gardens, which are also very popular with snorkellors and known as one of the prettiest areas in Aqaba. Hawksbill turtles, shoaling barracuda, shoals of sergeant majors and fusiliers amongst wonderful coral formations make for a relaxing end to a great dive.
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