At the northernmost tip of the Red Sea is the miniscule stretch of coast that belongs to Jordan. Marked by the rapidly expanding city of Aqaba, this tiny segment of the Red Sea sees far fewer scuba divers than the busy and popular resorts further south in Egypt or even neighbouring Eilat.
Jordan's Red Sea coast is just 27 kilometres long yet there is some surprisingly good diving around the shallow hard coral gardens that are just moments from shore. The reef structures are generally in good condition, made up of hard corals decorated by a scattering of brightly-coloured soft corals and often edged by sloping seagrass beds.
There all the usual Red Sea creatures and a high percentage of critters like stone and scorpionfish, pipefish and nudibranchs and far more frogfish than are seen elsewhere in the Red Sea. In fact, the Aqaba seagrass beds are about the closest you will get to muck diving without heading a lot further afield. The most famous dive is the wreck of the Cedar Pride, which was scuttled to make an artificial reef some years back, and there is also the wreck of a military tank and a very unusual dive over the power cables that lead across to Egypt.