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Top 5 Dive Sites in Aqaba

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010
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Lion Fish Red Sea

The beautiful, warm waters of the Red Sea meet Jordan at the port town of Aqaba with its 26kms of Jordanian coastline. Tropical reef and fish life are plentiful and glorious and, with an average water temp of 25 degrees, diving in Jordan is definitely one of life's pleasant experiences. Don't dive? Then hire some snorkel kit and check it out from the surface!

Top 5 Dive Sites in Aqaba:

Power Station An easy boat dive with an average depth of 25m. Popular for Fire and Cabbage coral, Turtle, Octopus, Lion and Scorpian Fish.

Cedar Pride Wreck Sunk for a dive site in 1985 the Cedar Pride is a great dive and a good example of new soft coral growth. Swim under the wreck at 25m through a gap in the reef table.

Japanese Garden Excellent snorkel and dive spot ranging from shallow to 40m's in spots. Check out the Cornets swimming in and around the pinnacles and keep an eye open for some Frogfish and a Eagle Ray who seems to live around there.

Kiwi Reef An easy but interesting dive loved by photographers. Think small.... as this spot is known for the smaller fish life, Spanish Dancers and a Crocodile Fish or 2.

Gorgone 1 & 2 Gorgone 2 lies just south of Gorgone 1 and both are named for the huge Gorgonian fan corals found there. A shore entry,  easy slope and shallow depth at Gorgone 1 makes for a quiet dive with volumes of colorful hard and soft corals and schooling glass fish. Add Parrot Fish, Lion Fish and interesting pinnacles at Gorgone 2 and altogether you have a great days diving.

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Tags: aqaba, jordan, jordan-overland-trips, red-sea, scuba-diving

Ancient Jerash - Hidden Gem of Jordan

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010
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Gee - those ancient Romans traveled far and wide didn't they? Just north of the Jordanian capital of Amman lies the 'City of 1000 Columns' - Jerash - one of the most important and best preserved Roman city's in the world. Recent archaeological finds show that Jerash was inhabited as far back as the Bronze Age (3200 BC - 1200 BC) but it only became really prosperous around the end of the first century when the Emperor Trajan built miles of roads and encouraged overseas trade.

The Persian invasion in AD 614 started off the rapid decline of Jerash, however, the city came back into its own during the Umayyad Period before a massive earthquake destroyed much of it and its surroundings. Continuing the up/down history, the  Crusaders then pulled down a few monuments to build their forts and the famous Temple of Artemis.  Excavation and restoration of Jerash has been ongoing since the 1920s.

Top Spots to See in Jerash.... - the Corinthian columns - Hadrian's Arch - Temple of Zeus - Temple of Artemis - the Forum - the ancient city walls - Christian church floor mosaics.

So, after you have finished running around the more well known Jordanian sites like Petra and the Dead Sea, take a day or 2 and head up to Jerash. You won't be disappointed.

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5 Things To Do in Jordan Before You Die

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
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You might think that Jordan is just a massive empty desert... Partly correct! However, concealed in that beautiful desert are some of the world's most amazing sights! Check out the top 5....

Wadi Rum Desert Wadi Rum, in the south of Jordan, is a area of huge sandstone and granite mountains and wide sandy valleys. Narrow canyons conceal ancient rock drawings etched by the people of the desert over previous millennia. Bedouin tribes still live among the mountains of Rum and their large goat-hair tents are a special feature of the landscape. There are several options for exploring Wadi Rum. Visitors should head for the Visitors Centre where, apart from visitors’ facilities, you can hire a 4x4 vehicle, together with driver/guide, and then drive for two or three hours into the Wadi system to explore some of the best known sites. Alternatively you can hire a camel and guide.

Petra Petra is known as the Rose-Red City (for the colour of the rocks in which Petra is carved), and is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Although much has been written about Petra, nothing really prepares you for this amazing place. It has to be seen to be believed. Once inside the site, you can hire a donkey, or for the more adventurous, a camel - both come with handlers and take designated routes throughout the site.

Amman Amman, the modern and ancient capital of Jordan, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the World. The city's modern buildings blend with the remnants of ancient civilizations. Amman is a great base to explore Jordan with the Dead Sea a mere 40 minutes from this bustling capital.

Karak Karak is a city known for the famous crusader castle Kerak. The castle is one of the three largest castles in the region, the other two being in Syria. An ancient Crusader stronghold, Kerak sits 900m above sea level and lies inside the walls of the old city. The city today is home to around 170,000 people and continues to boast a number of restored 19th century Ottoman buildings, restaurants, places to stay, and the like.

Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea Without doubt the world’s most amazing place! The Jordan Rift Valley is a dramatic, beautiful landscape, which at the Dead Sea end is over 400 metres (1,312 ft.) below sea level. The lowest point on the face of the earth, the Dead Sea is devoid of life due to an extremely high content of salts and minerals which gives its waters the renowned curative powers, therapeutic qualities, and its buoyancy.

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