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Royal Diving Centre

17 km south of Aqaba, Aqaba, Jordan
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Ranked #28 of 30 activities in Aqaba
Type: Beaches
Owner description: Get up close to gorgeous coral reefs and colorful fish as you snorkel or dive at this popular attraction, offering diving instruction for novices and... more » Owner description: Get up close to gorgeous coral reefs and colorful fish as you snorkel or dive at this popular attraction, offering diving instruction for novices and adventurous dives for pros. « less
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
10 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Leaky mask, deserted facilities, shoddy showers. BUT the reefs are amazing, and you can get into the sea off the pier and snorkel straight over to them. Depends on what your priorities are, and how important the facilities are to you when you get out of the water. Don't expect any frills.. On the plus side the place was really... More

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Paris, France
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

The facilities are old and derelict (broken showers, dirty beach...). Despite the high price (8JD§) the snorkelling equipment was broken. The attitude of the staff does NOT compensate any of this (neither helpful nor nice) Nice diving spot though but hard to enjoy in these conditions.. Avoid at all costs

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Paris, Ile-de-France, France
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Hello everyone, With 3 friends,we spent one day in the Roayl Diving Center in Aqaba last Week. We were encouraged to rent one locker, so our stuff would be safe... At the end of the day, we went straight back to Hamman to take our plane back home, where i realised that 200€ were missing in my wallet, which i... More

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amman
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

It was the most terrible experience i have ever had, we went there to dive, they were so unprofessional, didn't give us the slightest safety instructions. I don't understand how is it called .the royal diving center!! honestly its one of the worst things i have ever seen

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Reading, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

We stayed in the Marina Plaza Hotel in Tala Bay and wanted to learn how to dive. We chose the RDC due to its location nearby and it's good reputation. Hamza, the manager, and I communicated via Facebook initially and he arranged to pick us up personally the next day. We were provided with training manual and materials which we... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013 via mobile

We were recommended to visit this place by friends we stayed with in Aqaba. The main reason for coming to place like this is the quality of the snorkelling, and we were not disappointed. Not sure what previous reviews were talking about as regards a dirty reef, yes there was some rubbish, but sadly this is a feature if Jordan... More

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Beirut, Lebanon
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36 reviews 36 reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Don't waste your money on this place. We paid something like $20 a head to get in, and we were immediately disappointed. We came just to have a quick snorkel in the Red Sea and had read that they had a great reef. The reef was average and the facilities were horrible - broken down, filthy, and old. I was... More

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Finland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

The reef is nice, the diving club probably was in the early nineties. Now it is run down. Staff seemed surprised any customers were around. Toilets were broken and/or unclean, the diving gear wasn't even washed after the previous use. The provided towels were old and dirty, the food was so and so. But the reef, the reef was nice.

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Piacenza, Italy
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76 reviews 76 reviews
4 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Aqaba is not really into snorkeling yet, like the side of the Red Sea in front of it, but it can be interesting to try it in this quiet resort. The level may not the one of the famous ones of Egypt, but it very well run and it offers a lot of activities. You can go there by their... More

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Munich
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68 reviews 68 reviews
20 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The Royal Diving Centre used to be a swish beach club near the Saudi border; unfortunately it has now come down in the world. It is all a bit run down, yet they charge 15 JD just to get in and that is without transport and a towel. There is still a small jetty to walk along to get to... More

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