Separated from the rest of Israel by the Negev Desert, Eilat is an attractive resort town along the Red Sea. It’s a popular base for scuba diving and snorkelling, with long stretches of beach and colourful coral reefs.
Things to do in Eilat
Venture below the water’s surface at Coral Beach, which is the main hub for dive clubs and snorkelling operators in Eilat. This protected marine reserve features buoy-marked underwater trails for exploring the marine species-rich reefs and the impressive sea life for which Eilat is renowned.
If you want to experience Eilat’s marine life without getting wet, visit the Underwater Observatory. Its glass-enclosed observation centre is a great place to view the multi-coloured fish, stingrays and turtles of the Red Sea, with daily shows such as shark feeding.
To the south of Eilat lies Dolphin Reef, where dolphins are rehabilitated for release back into the wild. You can get up close to the dolphins while snorkelling and diving at the centre or just catch a glimpse from the extended pier.
Want a day away from the water? Take in the views across Eilat and the Red Sea from the Eilat Mountains Nature Reserve or embark on a jeep tour into the Negev Desert. Go camel trekking along its ancient incense trading routes while soaking up the spectacular rock formations and landscapes.
Getting around Eilat
Eilat Airport is located in the centre of the city and has direct flights to Tel Aviv, while the Ovda International Airport is around one hour’s drive north. Buses travel throughout the city, which is also ideal for walking.