Chill in Eilat

June 20th 2012

Snuba Diving Eilat - Israel Tour SiteArchaeological and Geological Wonders at Eilat and Petra

Travel down to the very southern tip of Israel to enjoy the beauty of the desert and the stunning Red Sea. In Eilat, enjoy the beach, observe amazing marine life forms at the Underwater Observation Marine Park, or go hiking at Timna National Park. For those looking to supplement their trip, it’s easy to take advantage of the proximity to Jordan with a day trip to the lost Nabatean City of Petra.

Eilat’s biggest attraction is its pristine beach on the Red Sea, whose incredible coral reef makes it a major destination for fish-gazing snorkelers and scuba divers. Visit the serene and beautiful Eilat Bay, with its coral reef, which winds its way southward towards the equator from here. Whether you want to sunbathe on the soft sand beach or swim in the pleasantly warm water, you’re sure to have a relaxing and fun-filled day. All manner of water sports, from jet skis to banana boats, are also available.

Get a closer look at the natural world beneath the water at Eilat’s Underwater Observatory Marine Park. Here, you can get out of the sun (and the water!) while still observing the vibrant sea life on display in the aquariums, underwater observatories, and even via mini submarine tours. This is the perfect activity for people of all ages.

Adventure seekers may enjoy the unique Airodium Eilat, the world’s largest wind tunnel for human flight. Originally developed for astronauts and the military, today anyone can strap on a space suit and helmet and go for a ride. Those brave enough to venture into this vertical wind tunnel will hover more than five meters in the air and be propelled at speeds of 200 kilometers per hour. Talk about a thrill!

If archaeology and nature are more your thing, then check out Timna National Park, just 25 kilometers north of Eilat. Home to the world’s oldest copper mine as well as breathtaking natural sandstone formations, the park also boasts ancient rock carvings and an Egyptian temple. Shops, eateries and a plethora of activities make it a family-friendly destination.

For one of the ultimate archeological experiences, a visit to Petra – just across the border in Jordan – is a must. Built in the 6th century BCE by the Nabataeans, Petra is an awe-inspiring city that has been built right into the massive orange-tinted stone ravines. Walk through the ancient Roman theater, the monastery, the royal tombs and more. It is an experience that is unlikely to be forgotten, and a wonderful supplement to your tour to Israel.