Diving Eilat

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Eilat, Israel

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Country: Israel  Area: Middle East

Water Temp: 20 - 26°C (68 - 79°F)

Visibility: 1 - 15m (3 - 49 ft)

Depth Range: 2 - 14m (7 - 46 ft)

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Eilat is the place that used to serve as a port to King Solomon’s large fleet of ships has now become a significant resort city that now serves as a tourist destination.

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Located at the northern end of the Bay of Eilat, the combination of a hot climate, a tropical sea and mountain views make this historical city an interesting place to go all year round.

With a variety of hotels, decent beaches, dive sites with good quality reefs, great places to go to (day and night) and various other tourist attractions there is pleanty to keep you occupied.

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If you’re looking for a something other than diving - you can get a feel of a desert in the Arava region to the north of Eilat Mountains - her eyou can find camel treks and jeep tours to explore this arid desert.

Climate

Eilat City has a desert climate and low humidity. Temperatures often exceed 40 °C (104 °F) in summer, and 21 °C (70 °F) in winter, while water temperatures range between 20 and 26 °C (68 and 79 °F). Eilat averages 360 sunny days a year!

Other Year round Marine life

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Jellyfish (April-June); Lionfish; Clownfish; Eels; Spotted rays; different species of Wrasse, Butterflyfish and Batfish; Pipefish; Hermit crabs; Fridmani’s fish; Parrotfish and many more.

 
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The Diving

The diving around Eilat is generally of a good quality and there is diving suitable for beginners and more advanced divers.

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Shore Diving

The Dolphin Reef dive site is situated on the shores of the Red Sea and is an ecological site unique in Israel where you can enjoy a private beach, together with the unusual opportunity of meeting and observing dolphins in their (sort-of) natural habitat. A group of “bottlenose” dolphins, including babies born at the site, maintain their daily routine of hunting, playing, courting and socializing. They are free to choose between human companies or to continue their daily routine in the group. Think of it as a significant step-up from sea world - best to make up your own mind before booking.

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Due to the lack of swell and waves, entrance to the water is easy. The dive-site consists of sandy bottom that gradually slopes down to a maximum depth of 14 meters. Besides observing the dolphins in their everyday activities such as hunting, mating and playing, various rock formations and structures are present where both soft and hard coral grows thus providing an ideal environment for hosting an abundance of marine life.

Currents are rare and not particularly strong when they do occur.

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Getting There

To get to Eilat City, first you'll have to take a flight to Tel-Aviv, Israel – Ben-Gurion Airport. Some companies fly to Ovda Airport which is one hour away from Eilat, so It's best to ask at the travel agency before booking a flight to Israel.

From Ben-Gurion Airport in Tel-Aviv, the easiest way to get to Eilat City is by air. You can book a flight to Eilat Airport, with Arkia airlines or Israir airlines.

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The other way is to take a bus, but please note that it could be a 5 hour ride and you'll have to book a bus ticket in advance via the national bus company (Egged) at: www.egged.co.il

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Where to Eat & Drink

Eilat offers a variety of restaurants to suit most tastes and you won’t find it any difficult to find a place to dine at any time of the day or night.

Some of the most popular restaurants include the Pastory, Hamasger 5, Paulina Ice Creamy, Barbis Diner & Bar, El Gaucho, Olla, Eddie’s Hideaway, Pago Pago, Pedro, Anchla Platinum Grill, Chicago Grill Bar, Achla, Aroma, ShipudeiEilat, The Last Refuge, Branja, Casa do Brazil, RakDagim, Barbeach, Giraffe Noodle Bar, Mike’s Place, Les Sardines and the Ginger Asian Kitchen and Bar.

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There is a reasonable nightlife scene in Eilat. Some of the most famous bars include Three Monkeys Pub, Beatles bar, Paddy’s Irish Bar, Mike’s Place Eilat and The Academy. Most of the best bars are located near the waterfront so it is not hard to find somewhere decent to go.

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Other Activities

Eilat’s a location on the Red Sea offers a great opportunity for tourists to experience more than just taking a dip on its beautiful beaches. The usual range of other water sports are available including jet skiing and water skiing are available.

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Timna National Park, another historical place in Eilat that is surrounded by yellow sandstone mountains, where you can see an old copper mine, Mt. Timna volcano and “The Mushroom.”  It is worth checiking out the different coral formations at the Coral Beach Nature Reserve and the Underwater Observatory Marine Park.

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Tips

In high season it is prudent to book yourself in advance your hotel of choice otherwise Eilat is a fairly safe and easy place for travel.

It can get hot there! Up to 40°C which means those not used to the heat should make sure they drink pleanty of water throughout the day!

There is ongoing conflict in this area that on occasion affects Eilat although this has been fairly quiet in the past year but it is worth checking before booking.

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