Pack your swimmers, don your fins, and prepare to discover the 5 best watersports in Jordan!
If a holiday isn’t a holiday without some quality time spent in the water, you can’t fail to be impressed by the excellent watersports in Jordan. From snorkelling pristine reefs to the challenge of wakeboarding at luxury destination Ayla, there’s a watersport to suit all levels of ability in this magical country.
Base your Jordanian adventure in Aqaba to access the majestic underwater kingdom of the Red Sea. This coastal city is perched a short distance from some of the world’s best snorkelling sites with a gentle reef that shelves directly from the beach – there’s no need to hop on a boat to gain access if you’re yet to gain your sea legs. Ideal for beginners and families alike, you can expect startlingly clear water, magnificent coral and phenomenally diverse marine life. Sink below the surface and let all those troubles float away.
Whether you’re a keen amateur or a seasoned pro, you can try your hand at wakeboarding when you stay at the beautiful Ayla Oasis. Drop by the B12 Beach Club with its picturesque lagoon, fringed by ultra-soft sands, and sign yourself up to tackle Jordan’s first cable wake park. Instead of a noisy motorboat pulling your board, you will skim your way across the water via an electrically-driven cable with plenty of ramps on hand to help you catch air and land a few tricks. However, be warned – your first wakeboarding experience could start a lifelong addiction.
Let’s take the pace down a notch or two and explore the joys of kayaking with the sun on your face and the breeze in your hair. A sense of tranquility is maintained at Ayla, thanks to its secure sea-water lagoon and ban on motorised watersports, meaning these glassy waters offer the perfect place for water babies to get back to nature in Jordan. Hire a single kayak from the B12 Beach Club to embrace some much-needed alone time or opt for a double kayak to take in the sights with a friend.
Another fantastic watersport available at Ayla, stand up paddleboarding offers heaps of fun, laughter, and is safe enough for the whole family to try. If it’s your first time, it might take a few attempts to gain your balance on the board, but once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll find it a relaxing and gentle workout. Soak up the scenery from a different perspective with one of the most peaceful watersports in Jordan, and reward your efforts with premium post-paddle refreshments from the luxurious B12 Beach Club.
With an abundance of world-class diving sites packed into the 20km of coastline between Aqaba and the Saudi border, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to underwater adventures. One of the unique selling points of an Aqaba dive is the fact that far fewer people come here than to some of the more popular Middle Eastern dive spots. Thus the reefs have remained in near-perfect condition with a kaleidoscope of colours and an array of diverse swimmers surrounding you on all sides. Whether you’re looking to pave your way to the diving world with a PADI course or embark on an exciting night dive, there’s plenty that will float your boat.
Prepare to immerse yourself in a whole host of watersports in Jordan, and book your stay at Ayla to put the icing on the cake.