|The beaches south of Aqaba are beautiful, and who wouldn't want the occasional camel adding to the scenery? But the best part is what you can't see: the incredible coral reef just a few meters out from the shore.|
Since we only had a day to spend, we headed pretty directly to an area known as South Beach and got fitted out pretty quickly with our snorkeling gear. Siham wasn't feeling well, so did some sunbathing while Leah and I followed our aptly-nicknamed guide, Shark, through a reef called the Japanese Garden. It was spectacular! There were corals in all kinds of shapes, sea anemones, starfish, pipefish, jellyfish, and brightly colored tropical fish.
|A dried-up version of the sea urchins we were swimming with. Our guide, Shark, plucked off a spine and ate it, claiming it was full of minerals.Siham tried one and said it tasted like the ocean.|
|Taking in the sun after we did our snorkeling. I wish there would have been a way to capture the reef in pictures. The fish were so beautifully colored, and there was a bright purple coral that I wish I could captured on film.|
|Shark insisted that try on the sea urchin as an accessory back at the dive shop where we rented out equipment.|