Along the Red Sea shores is an ecological site where visitors can enjoy the dazzling views, natural environment and secluded beach, together with the rare opportunity of observing and meeting dolphins in their natural habitat. Dolphin Reef is a palm-fringed beach located at South Beach, Eilat, whose blue clean waters are home to an adorable natural treasure – school of dolphins.
The beach itself is not quite big, yet the golden fine sand will compensate for the little stones that cover on most Eilat beaches. As you get near the beach, you will notice the area where dolphins are swimming.
Dolphin Reef’s bottlenose dolphins live and coexist as a homogenous group living at the reef. They are not captive and live somewhat naturally at the reef with an area of 10,000 square meters and 18 meters depth. The dolphins can freely access the open sea anytime and venture out on the reef, living there for as long as they want. However, the fact that they keep on coming back is a testament to the true bond that exists between the staff, the visitors and the dolphins at the reef.
Some of the dolphins are believed to be brought from the Caspian Sea while others are already born in Eilat. What makes this place unique is that fact that there is no attempt to train or domesticate the dolphins. The Dolphin Reef area is not closed, allowing dolphins free entrance and exit. The dolphins always swim to the open sea, for the fact that they need to look for food. The crew does not give them food or does not hinder with their private life.
Visitors will have the rare chance of getting close to the dolphins, either from the floating piers and observation areas or on one of the guided dives or swims, perfect for those who are not afraid to get wet.
Snorkeling sessions are done in guided groups of three persons, with one guide. Visitors will wear a snorkel, mask, fins and wetsuits. It is important that participants for snorkeling session have experienced using a mask and snorkel before. As for the introductory dives, participants should wear full scuba equipment plus air tanks. Each participant will dive with his own personal instructor.
Guided dives with dolphins are also available to all divers with a valid insurance and a logged dive within the last 6 months. The maximum dive depth is 14 meters and dive duration of 30 to 35 minutes. Dives should be done in groups of no more than four persons plus a guide.
Dolphin Reef is open daily, from 9am until 5pm. There are available facilities for disabled guests too. The entrance fee is about 40 NIS, although special rates are offered for kids and disabled people. Other interesting parts within the resort are the underwater photography center and the relaxation pool. Browse through the souvenir stores inside the premises, or take a stroll on nearby secluded beaches to watch the sunset. A restaurant and a bistro are available too within the premises.