Day 26: Aqaba
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At 9 in the morning we were picked up with a small van to go to a beach some 10 kilometres south of Aqaba. The warm water and minimal tides make the Gulf of Aqaba ideal for diving. Virtual all of the diving sites are accessible from the beach (or a pier) so you don't need a boat. That latter made the morning a bit more pleasant for Derk, who had decided not to joing me for a dive. At least he could entertain himself at the beach, which is at least more fun than sitting on a boat by yourself.
The first dive was in the so-called Japanese Garden, a stunning coral garden full of fish. By far one of the 'busiest' dives I have ever done in terms of sea life - I got to see loads of fish I'd never seen before including the very poisonous scorpion fish and stone fish.
The second dive was a wreck dive to the 60 metre long Lebanese freighter Cedar Pride which sank 30 years ago. The ship is largely covered in coral and full of fish, and lies on its side at a depth of only 20 metres, which makes it an ideal wreck dive.
We didn't do much else the rest of the day. There really isn't much to do in this city. We spent most of the late afternoon sitting on the terrace of a deserted English pub near the Jordan Experience. It was a lovely, sitting in the warm afternoon, watching the sun set over the Gulf of Aqaba, drinking cold beer and nibbling on some pub food. Terrific... but the place was deserted just like the rest of this city. We sat there for three hours and were the only patrons the entire time.