The sea-side resort of Eilat is famous for its incredible water-related activities. Swimming with dolphins, underwater observatories, cruises and extreme water sports are just a few of the exciting options that this sun-soaked city has to offer.
For those who prefer to feel the ground firmly beneath their feet, worry not; Eilat has a plethora of on-land activities to offer too. Camel riding, archaeological sites, museums, nature reserves, beaches, the IMAX cinema and famous Kings City theme park are some of the activities on offer.
For the ultimate holiday there is no question about it; Eilat is the place to enjoy a family holiday, romantic get-away and group bonding time, with activities for everyone no matter what their idea of a perfect holiday is.
Timna Park is located about seventeen miles north of Eilat and offers a plethora of activities for families. Beautiful scenery, special antiquities and a rich history come together to create an unforgettable experience. Timna is the site of the world's first copper mine and ancient mining shafts can be seen throughout the park that date back to ancient imperial Egypt. Remnants of Egyptian mythology and fascinating historical facts keep visitors enthralled. A multimedia presentation brings the stories to life and explains copper mining and its development from ancient Egypt until present day.
Other attractions in the park include pedal boats on the lake, colored sand bottle crafts, making "King Solomon stamps" and of course enjoying the stunning arid-land vegetation that includes herds of wild ibex that observe the visitors from the cliff tops. Additionally, there is a restaurant on site, a souvenir shop and camping grounds.
The Dolphin Reef in Eilat is located on the shores of the Red Sea and is unique in its unique, natural atmosphere in which a group of bottlenose dolphins are free to go about their daily routine or to interact with human-beings. The dolphins continue to make the choice to make contact with us. Visitors to the Dolphin Reef can get up close to the dolphins on the floating piers and take part in guided swims and dives. Visitors to the Dolphin Reef have the opportunity to delight in these beautiful creatures while resting assured that the dolphins choose to make contact with us and are not being reinforced or coerced into doing so. A truly unique experience.
The Coral Beach Nature Reserve is situated on the Red Sea, south of the city of Eilat and offers visitors stunning views of the sea-life that exists there. The captivating underwater "gardens" are made up of beautiful corals and a huge variety of vibrantly-colored fish. A 1,200-meter-long coral reef is at the heart of the reef, is the only coral reef in Israel and is one of the most densely-populated ones in the world. Guided snorkeling visits for groups of thirty or more are available when booked in advance.
The Red Canyon trail is a short, child-friendly trail in the Eilat Mountains. The trail is only 200 meters long, is deep and has stunning red-colored sandstone with additional shades of purple and white. The desert scenery is simply breath-taking. Make sure not to visit when there are warnings of floods because the canyon gets heavily flooded at such times and is extremely dangerous. One can book a tour in advance which may include a number of other sites too or one can choose to go solo.
The Underwater Observatory Marine Park in Eilat offers visitors the opportunity to delight in the wondrous creatures that live in the depths of the Red Sea. The Underwater Observatory Marine Park is located six meters under the waterbed on a coral beach in the Red Sea. Colorful, varied fish and stunning corals make up one of the most beautiful reef sites in the world. Several aquariums, a shark tank, turtle and stingray pools and two underwater observatories ensure that this will be a visit that will not be forgotten.
Israel-Yam Glass Bottom Boats offers visitors the opportunity to delight in a world usually reserved for deep-sea divers. Each boat is comprised of three levels- on the top level passengers can relax under the sun's rays, let loose on the dance floor and enjoy the bar that serves beverages, sandwiches and snacks. The lower level is where the boat's jewel is situated; the glass floor that offers an incredible view of the colorful underwater world. Passengers enjoy a two-hour route that includes the Coral Reef and the Japanese Gardens, along the Israeli-Jordanian border, as well a spectacular dolphin watch at the Eilat marina.
Kings City in Eilat is a unique biblical theme park that covers 40,000 square feet, is made up of three levels and is built to resemble a king's palace. The park is made up of four sections; Journey to the Past takes visitors back to the time of the Pharaohs in ancient Egypt via a four-dimensional display made up of huge panoramic screens; Cave of Illusions and Wisdom celebrates and honors the wisdom of King Solomon, including over seventy displays of optical illusions, labyrinths, self-tests and other interactive challenges; Bible Cave takes visitors on a fascinating journey deep into the ground through King Solomon's mines with famous Biblical scenes depicted on the walls and King Solomon's Waterfalls takes visitors on a fascinating boat ride that follows the life story of King Solomon, sailing through seven caves with each one marking a chapter in King Solomon's life- the experience is completed with a glide down the falls to the lake next to the castle.
The "Princess" Yacht offers passengers a wonderful way to explore the stunning Red and Mediterranean Seas. With skilled, pleasant and highly-experienced crew members and sophisticated fittings, the yacht offers passengers the opportunity to escape reality and explore the wonders of the seas. During the winter there are daily and weekly trips from the Eilat Marina to Eilat, Aqaba Bay, Coral Island, Taba Heights and Noueba. During the summer there are weekly trips in the Mediterranean Sea to a variety of locations.
A mere ten minute ride from Eilat one can find the Camel Ranch in Nachal Shlomo, surrounded by the stunning desert landscape. A range of family activities are offered in the ranch and entrance is free. A range of circuits are on offer for families, groups and organizations. As well as the unique experience of camel riding in the desert, the ranch offers other special experiences such as group activities, fun days, Bedouin hospitality, pre-wedding parties and more.