Home to one of Eilat’s best diving reef, Eilat Coral Beach is a warm, friendly family-oriented beach located on the Red Sea south of Eilat. The beach boasts a stunning and unique coral reef, which is the main attraction in Eilat.
The Coral Beach allows beachgoers and divers to access a captivating coral reef that stretches opposite the coast of Eilat. It is unique due to its northern location on Earth. Snorkeling and diving are the two most popular activities here as the beach offers beautiful and visible underwater views of fishes and corals. The protected and official coral reef reserve still offers the best experience and is a good example of the marine life in the Red Sea.
Unlike Coral Beach Nature Reserve, Eilat Coral Beach provides the most easily accessible coral reef. You can hire a mask, flippers and a snorkel, and a life jacket if you want. Go to the short bridge and you will find easy steps down to the shallow water teeming with underwater delights. Even from the bridge, you can see schools of bright fishes darting on colorful coral garden. Parrotfish, groupers, butterfly fish, lionfish, wrasse, rays and even turtle regularly appears here.
The beach lies within a 1-kilometer nature reserve regularly patrolled by rangers. You need to pay 18 to 30 NIS as entrance fee that goes towards helping preserve the nature reserve. There are loungers, hot showers, sunshades and a snack kiosk along the beach. There is also a little souvenir shop, and chairs and beds for rent. Coral Beach is a lot quieter as compared to the beaches on the North, so it is a wonderful place to spend quality time with family and friends, or renew your acquaintance with the sea whenever the mood takes you.
The Coral Beach Nature Reserve is a great place to explore Israel’s small yet interesting chunk of its sea’s reef system, packed with exotic, colorful fish and marine life of every description. Situated south of the city, the nature reserve consists of several underwater trails. For only $5.75 or 23 NIS, you can rent a mask, flippers and a snorkel. There is a footpath to the water heading to the reef so the corals won’t be touched or damaged underfoot.
Start at the northern end of the nature reserve. Since the current and wind move southward, you only have to glide and paddle a little when checking the reef using your mask. At the southern part, you can head back to shore and walk to the starting point for one more round.
The Eilat Coral Beach Nature Reserve also run a scuba diving program called ‘snuba’, which is ideal for novices. It costs $45 or 180 NIS for 1 ½ hour, plus instructions. Snuba is considered to be the easiest and safest way to dive, where you will dive tethered to an oxygen tank over a floating dingy. There are changing rooms and showers. Make sure you wear a foot covering when entering the water, as spiny sea urchins are generally everywhere the beach area.