Families can also totally immerse themselves in a completely different aspect of Jordanís natural wonders, this time underwater at the Red Sea. Because although it only has 27km of coastline, the coral reefs and diving depths of the Red Sea feel as if they go on forever. Aqaba is the aqua hub of Jordan, with plenty of scope for scuba or snorkelling, swimming and sailing and family fun in the sun. It is also gateway to Aqaba Marine Park which protects 7km of the coastline, and although it may sound petite, it is packed with a plethora of fish, turtles, dolphins and dugongs.
Indeed, these coral reefs are some of the most northerly in the world with over 120 species of hard coral having been identified and more than 161 species of fish. So again, thinking big, feeling small, you really feel part of the bigger picture in Jordan. The Marine Park also has a visitor's centre with a restaurant and clear, informative exhibitions on the local ecology and a well laid out museum of seashells from all over the world, which is great for families.