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Most of the Dive sites are reef sites and all recreational diving spots are reachable right off the shore. There are practically little to no boat dives in Eilat as the dive territory is quite small and the slope drops off so close from the shore meaning that in a few minutes you can reach depths between 20 to 40 meters.

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Coral Reef © Nicolas Barraque

A very interesting dive site is the Nature Reserve where Joshua and Moses Rocks are located. Moses rock is a big coral head: it’s a magnificent reef containing an exceptional bio-diversity.

At the end of the Nature Reserve starts the Japanese Gardens that you are only allowed to access by boat. It’s a really beautiful site, well preserved with a slope going to 50 meters and more. The visibility is usually great and only a few people are usually diving this site.

There is also the site of Neptune Tables where you can see very old tables of Acropora corals ranging between 15 to 40 meters depth with abundant aquatic life.

There are few wrecks in Eilat. The top one is the Satil, a former “Vedette of Cherbourg”, very well preserved. This missile boat is about 45 meters long and lies between 20 and 25 meters depth with a lot of soft corals around.

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Satil Wreck © Geraldine Pahaut

At all of the different spots, you could come across turtles, eagle rays, stingrays, blue spotted rays, all kinds of coral reef fishes, many clown fishes, butterfly fishes, parrot fishes and gracious lionfishes, scorpion fishes, stonefishes, frogfishes, groupers, sea snakes, crocodilefishes, barracudas, trigger fishes, puffer fishes, eels and all kinds of moray eels, also octopus, sometimes dolphins and exceptionally whale sharks (during the summer only but every summer). So there is plenty to see!

The Red Sea coral reefs are the northernmost tropical coral reefs in the world.

Most of the Red Sea coast is rimmed by extensive shallow submarine shelves that support fringing reef systems, which are the major coral reef type found in the area. These reefs are mainly covered by branching corals of the genera Acropora and Porites.

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© Nicolas Barraque

The coral reefs and corals are a very diverse and beautiful living world in the Red Sea. You will find a huge variety of corals: reef-building corals or stony, brain, table, branching corals, also many kind of soft corals, sea fans, gorgonians, fire corals… You also have anemones and sponges.

In Eilat, all levels of divers can participate as the sites are ideal for both beginners and experienced divers. The sea conditions and the weather are good all year long.

The new divers can learn in quiet and preserved environments while more experienced divers can enjoy deep dives and/or technical dives. Almost all of the dive sites are reachable from the shore which limits the logistics of organising a boat trip and allows a more flexible schedule.

The average price for a guided dive is 125 NIS.

The average price of Open water is 1400 NIS.

In this page you will find more detailed information about scuba diving in Eilat.

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Where to stay?

I usually use this website to book in advance my hotels in Eilat as they usually have the lowest rates I find. I like it because it's free to cancel and change the dates.

Best time to dive in Eilat

Eilat welcomes divers all year long with the very high season in July and August. Eilat is then completely crowded when the water can get to 29 degrees Celsius.

September and October is the best time to come diving as Eilat is quieter and the water is still really warm. January and February are usually the low season and the coldest water temperature with a minimum of 19 degrees Celsius.

During the summer, you might have the chance to approach a Whale Shark that comes every year, usually a female with her baby.

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Scuba Diving conditions

Eilat is an ideal place for scuba diving: warm and calm water with few or no currents, excellent visibility all year round.

Current: few or no current

Average Visibility: 40 meters

Average water temperature: 24, 25 °C

Depth range: from the shore between until 65 meters

Snorkelling in Eilat

Eilat is a paradise for snorkelers. All the coast from Coral Beach until the Egyptian border is covered by corals and directly from the shore, at a few meters depth, you can snorkel and see as much as scuba divers do.

The Nature Reserve beach is specially organized for snorkelers with snorkelling equipment rental and 2 pontoons from where you can jump directly in the sea. One of them is located just in front of Moses Rock a huge and magnificent coral head with a reef containing an exceptional bio-diversity.

Diving Safety

If you are planning an upcoming dive trip or travelling to Eilat, it is a really good idea to invest in travel insurance for scuba diving, because you never know what could happen and when you might need it (because accidents do happen!). I recommend this diving insurance as they offer worldwide coverage and focus on providing scuba divers a quality insurance and medical assistance service.

Review written with the great help of Claire from U Dive Eilat.

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  1. I am really would like to thank Shulamit’s Eilat Diving Adventures for their service. Dives with Shulamit went smoothly and nicely. Shulamit always keeps her eyes on divers.
    The equipment is new and not cheap – just perfect.
    You do not need to bring with you anything. Shulamit has everything for high quality diving.
    Brihg with you just your certificate (if you have it) and your smile and good mood.
    Also, separate thanks to David – Shulamit’s instructor. He is perfect and patient guide and instructor. David can explain nicely and clearly existing issues and helps to eliminate them painlessly.

    • In my experience, the cheapest is not the best. More often than not, the “cheapest” company will charge you for other things that other companies will not. Ask around when you get to Eilat. In my experience, many of the locals know what dive companies have good reputations and which ones exist only to separate tourists from their money.

  2. I had been snorkelling in Eilat for the last thirty years repeatedly,in the summer, always enjoying amazing experience. Over the years I had been observing some of the changes in the structure and development of the reef, together with sighting of amazing creatures, many species of fish and coral, octopuses, different kinds of eels, spotted rays, a few beautiful sightings of sea turtles.
    My favourite part of the beach for snorkelling is from Aquasport to the Princess Hotel, done with the north wind which helps cover the distance which includes some of the sights mentioned (the Coral Reserve) and more. Like an long snorkelling walk along the best sights, including the underwater observatory from the outside.

  3. Have you dove the red sea from israel and Egypt.? How do the compare to each other? For Egypt is it better to do a live-abroad?

  4. Hello Eric,

    Eilat, the southernmost city of Israel, is a unique oasis on the coast of the Red Sea. Eilat is blessed with everything that makes a perfect vacation – beautiful mirror-like sea, lively beaches, seafront bars and restaurants, first-rate hotels, all kinds of water sports, spectacular underwater world and coral reefs, diving clubs, desert treks, camel tours and even swimming with dolphins. Flights to Eilat arrive daily to the International airport located in the city.
    Eilat- The Red Sea
    Eilat lives by the rhythm of the sun, the desert, but mostly the sea. The water of the Red Sea hide a delightful surprise – breathtakingly beautiful Coral Reefs and an enchanted under water world, featuring thousands of varieties of fish and other marine life forms. The astonishing fish and corals of the temperate gulf waters are unique in their color and variety, and Eilat boasts the northernmost coral reef in the world. On shore, there is a Dolphin Reef facility where visitors can observe dolphins, and even swim and dive with them. Eilat’s famous Underwater Observatory is also a must. It is only one of four such facilities in world. A spiral staircase in the round observatory takes you below the water surface allowing you to comfortably observe actual life along the coral reef. If you are wondering about the name, the Red Sea is not actually red. Like all seas is blue. Its’ original name is the “Reed Sea” (Yam Suf, in Hebrew). Its’ modern name is the result of a mistake in translation changing “reed” to “red”. Even though, in the sunset the stunning red mountains to the east are reflected in the water painting it beautiful red color. So, some mistakes are meant to happen!
    Nature Attractions
    Eilat has many attractions accommodating any kind of vacation. If you are looking for adventure, Eilat offers scuba diving, windsurfing, trekking, climbing, snorkeling and much more. If you are looking to relax and lay back, Eilat’s luxurious hotels and relaxed beaches offer the perfect setting to do just that. But there is more to Eilat than the azure waters of the red sea. Eilat is a haven for bird observation. It’s the only land bridge between Asia and Africa and of the world’s most important bird migratory routes. Fall and spring are the main migratory seasons, but birds can be seen crossing continents every month of the year. In addition Eilat is surrounded with spectacular mountains – the Eilat Mountains from the west and the Jordanian Edom Mountains from the east. One famous place in the area is the Timna Park – the site of ancient copper mines. Today the place is known for its beautiful colored rocks, stunning cliffs and canyons. The Desert Mountains surrounding Eilat contrast beautifully the stunning blue of the red sea.

  5. Thank you again Claire and Serge for the superb diving that you organised last week. I found your “more technical” course (wrech, deep, NitrOx) very useful and professionaly run. But I have to confess you that the course I have enjoyed the most was the Digital Underwater Photograpy: it is clear that you have a passion for the topic, besides the fact that you are an superlative underwater photographer! Love to comeback next years. Love Eilat, Love Udive. XOXO

  6. I went diving with Marine Divers just last week and had a fabulous time. While I do have to say that the rental equipment was a bit worn (I had some fin problems and a seal issue) – the people that worked there were INCREDIBLY nice! They didn’t nickel and dime you like a lot of other SCUBA outfits that I’ve patronized. They charged me 1200 Shekels for a private Advanced Adventurer course (six dives and equipment was included, to include Nitrox) – and offered me the chance to dive in a couple of different locations that appealed to me.

  7. Hi, I’ve dived for many years in Eilat, I dived with the Dolphin Reef, Marina Divers,
    The Dolphin Ref are excellent people, and I know everyone there after all this years. I used to dive all over Eilat with them, and one of the best places I still think is the Nature Reserve.
    Last year also dived with Marina Divers, they treat you very well and ask where you would like to dive, and they give you a choice, they really look after you.
    Also have dived with Aqua Sport, and they where fantastic.
    I’ve been diving in Eilat since 2001.
    Hope you enjoy and have a great time.

  8. I dived on the Satil wreck off Eilat this summer, and it was fascinating. I went with Aquasport, who were very good, but have to say extremely busy, so not really my cup of tea. The beaches were very crowded, and there were hoards of other divers in the water, so if you prefer a quieter life, as I do, pop over the border into Egypt, and dive from the Taba Hilton, where things are much calmer, and very much cheaper too!

  9. Hello,
    I have been in Eilat a few times since I have family living in Israel, I have only done snorkelling there and I was wondering if there is a possibility to get my divers license/bufet there. I will go there again in Januari and after that i’ll go to Australia, so it would be nice if I could get my divers license here since it is very expensive in Australia.
    Anybody who knows if this is possible here?

    • Hi there.
      I have many times in Eilat, and you can do your Open Water and Advanced Open Water course in Eilat in 7 days, You have Eilat Divers, and Eyal Sayag Master Instructor and Course Director at Deep Siam.
      You also have Aqua Sport, and Marina Divers.
      Give me a message if you want to know more about diving in Eilat.
      Good Luck

      • thanks for the info,
        I now finally have exact dates in when i’m visiting israel and eilat. I will go in February, and i know this isn’t one of the warmest months in isreal but is there still diving lesson oppurtunity in this month? is everything still open in eilat?
        Do I have to book diving lessons more than a week before i want to do them or should i just contact them and make an arrangement?
        Thanks in advance for the answer

  10. Have not yet firmed up an Israel-Jordan trip. Want to include a diving/snorkeling site—either Eilat at start of trip or Aqaba at the end for 4 days. Which site is better for first-time visit.

    • I think the Israel side as more snorkelling and diving oportunities, but the jordan side have a few big wrecks. In Israel Eilat you have the Dolphin Reef, where you can dive with Dolphins, and also have Marina Divers, and they have a wreck just at the back of the dive centre. Or as well you have Aqua Sport, next to the Nature Reserve.

    • in Eilat you have a lot of options for diving ( dive sites). Marina divers is a stone’s throw away from the water’s edge. One of the most famous diving sites ( Satil) here in Eilat is literally in our back yard, a wreck of sixty meters length at a depth of 24 meters. The “Caves” is a good option, too.Definitely you can combine the trip with dive in Aqaba for one day. The dive center can organize this for you

  11. Dive in Eilat is one of the famous activities. My last dive in Eilat were with Marina divers ,located a stone’s throw away from the water’s edge. One of the most famous diving sites ( Satill ) here in Eilat is literally in back yard of the dive center, a wreck of sixty meters length at a depth of 24 meters.
    Definitely you can combine the trip with dive in Aqaba for one day. The dive center can organize this for you

    • Hi Simon
      I’ve just came back from Eilat, and I’ve spent probably about 200 pounds for a week diving 3 dives a day, you have over there Marina Divers or Aqua Sport, Deep Siam and also Eilat divers, they are about a couple of miles out of town towards the Taba Border.

        • Hi Simon
          You have Aqua Sport is really good, it’s on the beach, you have a bar where you can drink and eat as well, and they will take you around diving in a few of the places. in Eilat.
          Diving the wreck “Satille” that is a 5 minute walk, the caves and also the University, just a few to mention. In front of Aqua Sport you have a few Hotels as well. and Just next to it there is Marina divers, and ask for Dror, the dive guide, she is really nice.
          Next door to there is a very nice restaurant “The Ship Wreck”

        • When you get there, you just book the dives, it’s also good the if you want to do a Dive with the Dolphins, At the Dolphin Reef. In Eilat. a bit Expensive, but you spend a all day there.

  12. Many years ago (1982) I dived Red Sea, doing shore-dives whilst on Landrover safari. We started in Eilat. I remember diving on abandoned underwater habitat. But, I cannot find any mention of it. It was not very far from Eilat. Any ideas or is my mind “going”

  13. I am on a group tour visiting archeological sites. I am considering visiting Eilat (on my own) to scuba dive and recuperate from fast paced tour when it is over. I hold PADI certificate, but have not been diving in years. I understand that I need a refresher course. Given this background, where should I stay, and who should I dive with and how should I get there? (My group tour ends in Tel Aviv) What should I expect to pay for these things? Going end of Sept. 2016.

    • Hi Sam,
      You can get from Tel Aviv to Eilat by bus, by rental car or by plane whatever suits you best.
      Shulamit from Shulamit diving adventures would be happy to answer all your questions about your dives and for a a relaxing place to stay after your fast paced tour Cactus B&B in Eilat would be an option to consider if you don’t want to stay in those big hotels.

  14. Hi . I want to go to Eilat for diving . pleas can someone help me with a good dive center (PADI) Eilat and a good accomodation ?
    Thanks

  15. Qualified BSAC CLUB DIVER. Not very confident but Aqua Sport r brilliant going back next May. Moses rock has to be seen to be believed. Always dived with one buddy Richard Hatrick but he has now moved to Sharm so who knows which poor person will draw the short straw.

  16. It was a mesmerizing experience. Huge variety marine creatures, colors hard to visualize unless experienced. I can’t find right words to describe coral reef.
    Initially water felt cold but in few minutes it was very comfortable and relaxing.
    Its hard to believe that I swam with dolphins. Just wanted to hold them but couldn’t.
    Also saw a piece of sunken ship.
    Bottom line; I would like to do it again
    Regret; why didn’t I agree to full session video taping to enjoy later

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