Aqaba is blessed with sun, sand, warm water, and beautiful reefs. Its boasts having hundreds of coral and fish species, creating a dizzying tapestry of colours and shapes.
A multi – use marine park has been created to preserve the near – shore marine environment for sustainable tourism development. Maintaining the health, resilience and integrity of the marine environment for the future enjoyment of Jordanians and visitor from all over the world is the primary responsibility of the marine park.
The Aqaba Marine park has been working hard to provide services to all park visitors, including clean beach’s, public restrooms, jetties, and car parks.
We welcome you in to Jordan only marine park, and wish you to help the park rangers to keep the park clean and safe for all to enjoy by respecting all park regulations.
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The Aqaba Marine Park’s beaches are the main maritime recreational outlets for Jordanians both from Aqaba and the rest of the country. Visitors enjoy the park’s beaches and natural splendor. Both Jordanians and foreign guests sun bathe, swim, snorkel, dive, go boating and hire glass-bottom boats within the park. In addition to the tourists the park and the Marine Science Station host large numbers of school and university students along with youth groups who seek to experience the sea side and to learn more about the local marine habitats.
Park estimates put the number of park visitors between August – December 2003 at 69,000 visitors. Estimated number of visitors for the first half of 2004 is 132,000 visitors. The number of divers has also experience a noticeable increase as the number of divers that dove in the park between April – December 2003 was estimated at 6,200 divers, while the first half of 2004 put the number of divers at 6,800 divers over six months only.
A noticeable increase in local Jordanian visitors has also been documented as the number of visitors during public holidays and on the week-ends (after the introduction of a two day week-end) has significantly increased. The increase in both local and foreign visitors hi-lights the need for the park and for the management of the limited available resources to preserve them for the future.