Set on the Gulf of Aqaba, Haql is a sun-drenched coastal village home to high-end resorts. It's perched high in northern Saudi Arabia and lures you with its golden beaches, colourful dive sites and laid-back vibes.
Things to do in Haql
Shaped like a crescent, Bi’r Al Mazhi Beach is Haql's signature strip of sand. It's dotted with sun lounges, umbrellas and swaying palm trees. On a clear day, you can see the Egyptian, Israeli and Jordanian coastlines. The beach is fringed by a lively strip where you'll find juice vendors, snack stalls and shawarma restaurants.
With crystal-clear water and vibrant offshore reefs, Haql is one of Saudi Arabia's top scuba diving destinations. Sunk in 1975, the offshore shipwreck is a favourite with adventure divers. You can sign up for guided trips or rent gear and explore the wreck on your own.
Al Sultaniyyah Beach is another popular place to soak up the sun, offering a beautiful spot to stay and watch the sunset. Al Wasl Island sits just offshore and is easily accessible by boat. Spend an afternoon swimming, kayaking and snorkelling.
Getting around Haql
The easiest way to get around Haql is by car, while taxis also operate throughout the village. Jordan's King Hussein International is around 35 kilometres from Haql. You can also fly into Tabuk Regional Airport and drive to the coast in around 2.5 hours.