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Bait al Aqaba Resort, Jordan

a Red Sea site worth seeking out for its wreck diving

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Dear Fellow Diver:

Imagine a skeleton in workman's clothes sitting in the cockpit of a sunken Lockheed C-130 Hercules plane, one bony hand on the throttles. Would you travel to the Middle East to see that on a dive? I did last October, venturing to Aqaba, the only town on Jordan's patch of Red Sea coast. Crystal-clear visibility made it easy for me to spot the Hercules on a sandy bottom at 53 feet, surrounded by triggerfish, scorpionfish, puffers and tiny red anthias. The four-engine, turbo-prop troop carrier aircraft was sunk purposely, political slogans still scribbled on it, in September 2017, its doors left open for penetration and propellers removed. It was easy to enter its fuselage and swim all the way to the cockpit.

They Left the Seeing a skeleton (which, by the way, is plastic) in a cockpit was temptation enough for me to visit Jordan, but Aqaba, a quiet resort town at the Gulf of Aqaba's northern end a few miles from the Israel border, had other easy-to-access wreck dives (including one to a tank). And it's a dive destination that's easy on the retirement budget -- my two-week-long hotel package of 10 shore dives and "half board" (breakfast and dinner are included) cost around US$1,900....

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