Diving into the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea in Aqaba, Jordan

On a perfectly sunny day in Aqaba, Jordan, I set out to dive the Red Sea. I was on the Yasmena, one of the largest dive boats I’d ever been on. My companions were Brazilian Journalists headed out for a day of snorkeling.

Relaxing on the Yasmena

I was so excited for this dive I completely forgot to ask if I could rent an underwater camera. By the time I remembered to ask for the camera, it was too late and we were off to our first dive spot.

Israel in the distance across the Red Sea

My companions were all in good spirits- music was turned on and people started dancing. I was wondering how cold the water going to be, but I knew I’d have a wetsuit on so it was not going to be that bad.

Wetsuit types matter. Especially in cold weather.

I was assuming I’d be in a full wetsuit, but I was given a shorty- which is a wetsuit that reaches your knees and elbows. Not exactly the best at keeping the cold out, but my excitement should keep me warm right?

As soon as I jumped in the water, I gasped for air. The water was so cold, I just about started shaking. After a few seconds I adjusted and we descended.

Lionfish

The first thing I noticed was the visibility.

Pufferfish

The water was SO CLEAR. In all of my dives, I tried to recall a time I’d seen the water so clear. The coral were so visible, the sun’s rays filtered through the water, and I mentally kicked myself hard for not remembering to ask for a camera.

Since no one else on my boat dived, I had the attention of the dive master all to myself and he spent the next 40 minutes pointing out colorful coral and fishes. Did I mention I wanted to kick myself for not asking for the camera? The current was calm- it was the best scenario I had encountered to take photographs underwater.

My guilt subsided when we surfaced for lunch.

The divemaster also doubles as a chef-making a seafood/chicken bbq

We had a delicious lunch cooked up of tuna, chicken, hummus, and tartar sauce for the fish with a side of salad. I had removed my wetsuit and I was given a fluffy white towel. It felt like luxury diving. The majority of dives I’d been on did not serve food or served a smashed up sandwich.

Delicious and fresh-chicken & tuna with hummus and tartar sauce

After our lunch I assumed we’d cruise around, but it turns out we were going for another dive.

Perfect! I was smacked with the camera guilt again.

Fishy with bubble sea anemone

Once again I was treated to frigidly cold waters that had even give my dive master the shakes. The ocean floor was clean- did I mention it was crystal clear? Nothing to obstruct what could have been incredibly sharp images. I touched some bubble sea anemone and marveled.

Even though I forgot the camera, it was a perfect day & a great welcome to Jordan.

My first lunch in Jordan

 

Have you ever forgotten a piece of gear when on an adventure? How did it go without it?

 

My trip with Sea Guard was sponsored by the Tourism Board of Jordan. If you’re interested in doing a dive trip with Sea Guard, I highly recommend them and although they don’t have a FB page, you can reach them through their website. Although my dive trip was sponsored, all opinions are my own.

*Underwater photos borrowed from the Sea Guard website*

11 Comments

  • Ayngelina says:

    Ooh I had no idea it would be like that, I went snorkeling and it must have been to another place because it wasn’t good at all.

    • Mica says:

      The visibility was incredible, and as a diver that is something you always look for. I’ll have to go back next time with a camera for sure.

  • Laura says:

    I loved my stay in Aqaba! I didn’t get to go diving but I did do a lot of snorkeling on my own. Your lunch looked amazing!

  • Laura says:

    I loved my stay in Aqaba! I didn’t get to go diving but I did do a lot of snorkeling on my own. Your lunch looked amazing!

  • Michi says:

    I’ve totally forgotten my camera way too many times. I finally learned to carry and old, small one in my purse at (almost) all times!
    What a great day trip, I’ve love to give diving a try. Better yet, I’d love to swim in the Red Sea someday!

  • Michi says:

    I’ve totally forgotten my camera way too many times. I finally learned to carry and old, small one in my purse at (almost) all times!
    What a great day trip, I’ve love to give diving a try. Better yet, I’d love to swim in the Red Sea someday!

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