I don't know why, but I was really surprised to find the Red Sea so crystal clear, clean, and the water slightly cool. After eating dust at the desert for a couple of days it was such a great feeling bathing in this ocean. It helped that we got there on Monday, with plenty of hotel choices. Hunter and Tamara decided to stay in town as they planned to cross the border to Israel the next day, while I head out 10 miles away towards Saudi Arabia, to a diving and snorkeling site. In the evening, as I was sitting at the beach after dinner, I could see lights from Saudi Arabia, only 7 miles away on the left, Egypt right in front (the Sinai peninsula) and Jerusalem on the right. That is right, Aqaba is on the tip, most Southern spot in Jordan, with three countries on its borders.
Ahhhh, it is so nice to be at the sea – too bad I stayed in Aqaba only for a night as I decided to head back to Wadi Rum. But it was all good. I think I will still have another chance to bathe at the Red Sea on the Egyptian side, although I've heard the coral reefs there have been damaged due to unrestrained and careless tourism. I will give you the report if I get there.