September 4th 2012
Israel’s southernmost city, which shares borders with both Egypt and Jordan and boasts some prime property on the
shores of the Red Sea, is a water lover’s dream. With every kind of water sport imaginable, plus incredible beaches
and geological wonders, the laid-back resort town of Eilat is worthy of its place on your Israel tour itinerary.
Eilat’s pristine beaches along the Red Sea draw crowds of Israeli and foreign visitors year round. Whether you want to sunbathe on the white sand beaches or swim in the temperate water, you’re sure to have a relaxing and fun-filled vacation. You also have your choice of water sports. Jet skis, banana boats, pedal boats, motorboats, kayaking, day cruises, water skiing, windsurfing and parasailing are all at your fingertips.
The Red Sea’s amazing coral reef also makes Eilat a major destination for snorkelers and scuba divers. Check out the serene and beautiful Eilat Bay, whose coral reef extends southward to straddle the equator. Those who would like to try scuba diving but are nervous, or don’t feel the need to invest in certification, might like snuba diving. Snuba divers are hooked up to air tanks, as in scuba, but the tanks stay on the water’s surface on rafts and are connected to divers via long hoses. There’s also one instructor for every two divers, so you’ll be well supervised and free to marvel at the stunning underwater life.
For those who have dreamed about swimming with dolphins, Dolphin Beach is the place to go. Swim alongside them,
or simply observe these fun mammals from a dock that extends into their sanctuary. The park also boasts an
excellent private beach, which is a great place to spend the day.
Get out of the sun while still experiencing the wonders of the Red Sea at the Underwater Observatory Marine Park. Kids
and adults alike will enjoy observing the vibrant sea life on display in over 30 aquariums, where you can see sharks, stingrays, turtles, seahorses and much more. There are even via mini submarine tours in a Beatles-style yellow submarine.
Finally, get onto some dry land and experience the geological wonders of the region at Timna National Park, just 25 kilometers north of Eilat. Check out the world’s oldest copper mines, stunning multi-colored sandstone formations, King Solomon’s pillars, ancient rock carvings and an Egyptian temple.