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We will show you the very best that underwater Eilat has to offer: coral reefs, wrecks, and lots of the exotic and very diverse sea life that the Red Sea is famous for. You'll enjoy our top-notch diving gear, personal service and hassle-free diving.
We select the best sites every day in accordance with your interests and preferences, and your level of certification and experience.
Diving Info and Prices
If you would like to dive with us but you're not a certified diver, please visit our Discover Scuba Diving page.
We go out for two-tank boat and shore dive trips every morning in small groups. We always do our best to match up divers by certification level and experience.
Please arrive at the dive center at 9:15. We'll send you the paperwork in advance or you can already download it here:
Please fill in the paperwork in advance and send it back to us by whatsapp or email. This saves time and natural resources. Our boat docks about 30 meters (100 ft) from the dive center.
Our dive times depend on your air consumption, and hour-long dives are not uncommon in summer. After the first dive we take an hourlong surface interval with mineral water and snacks while we switch your tanks, then it's off to a second dive site. We're usually back at the dive center by 2:00 or 2:30pm, where you're free to use the freshwater showers and change, and log your dives while perusing fish ID books.
The fine print: please read our section on Israeli diving law to learn about insurance requirements, minimum age, and maximum depths.
‘Refresher’ DivesThe Israeli Diving Authority requires divers who haven't dived in 6 months to undergo a ‘refresher’ dive consisting of a few underwater exercises and checking that you can reasonably maintain your buoyancy. (If you have more than 50 dives then it's 12 months, and if you're a Master Scuba Diver or dive professional then you're exempt.). If necessary we'll do the exercises at the beginning of your first dive, and you'll still have plenty of air left for a great dive. We do not charge extra for the skill session if done in conjunction with 2-tank dives.
In any case, we recommend that you do your refresher dives at home and fully enjoy diving when you get here.
There's nothing like hopping on a boat and heading out to sea for a day of scuba diving. We offer daily two-tank dives
Our dive boat Ashira offers a comfortable, shaded ride for up to two or three small groups of divers, and a stable platform for entering and exiting the water. All of our dives take place at moored dive sites.
Many internet sites still advertise the Gulf of Eilat as the perfect shore diving destination. It is indeed easy to dive from shore, however, over the years many shore diving spots have declined. Those are now good training sites but they have little else to offer. There are huge sandy areas without any corals. That's perfect for diving instruction, but not great for enjoyment.
Our boat takes you directly to the best dive sites. While you drop down you immediately feel that you are in the ocean, surrounded by schools of fusiliers, sometimes mackerels, needlefish, and lots of little fish moving in the blue water.
Our boat reaches dive sites which you won’t find on any of the dive site maps on the internet. Eilat has a second reef which is distant from shore (Twin peaks, Ridge). This reef is little known, has generally excellent visibility and you can see a vast coral landscape with dense coral cover. Other sites like Japanese Gardens, although close to shore, can be reached by boat only. The Sunboat wreck, a purpose sunk boat and very successful artificial reef lies 300m from shore is best dived from a boat. It has attracted many fish species, which are otherwise rare in Eilat.
A Few Restrictions
If you need a 'refresher dive' under Israeli diving regulations (see the section above), then you may not be able to go out on the boat on your first day.
A couple of boat moorings are close enough to shore to allow a surface-swim from the boat to shallow water for the refresher excercises, but we don't go there every day. Although we have excellent shallow boat diving sites as well, not every site is suitable for people who are only certified as Scuba Divers (12m). Please make sure to let us know in advance what certification and experience you have.
We take people shore diving who haven't been diving for a longer period and who need a refresher dive which can't be done from the boat.
Diving from the beach may sometimes be more suitable for divers who have Scuba Diver (12m) rating only and for people who feel more comfortable while they still can feel some land under their feet until they disappear under the water surface.
We dive along the 14km (9 mi) of Israeli coastline at the northern end of the Gulf of Eilat, a narrow extension of the Red Sea bordered by Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Without exaggeration, nobody knows these reefs better than we do. We visit some dive sites that nobody else goes to, either because they're unfamiliar even to experienced Eilat dive instructors, or because they're only accessible by boat.
What You'll SeeFun things that are very often seen include many species of moray eels, all kinds of scorpionfishes, stonefishes and lionfishes, octopi, shrimps and crabs, and various nudibranchs and shelled molluscs. We may occasionally encounter turtles, blue-spotted stingrays, frogfishes, eagle rays and ghost pipefishes, but they are not everyday sightings. Besides the dozens of species of colorful reef fishes, we'll occasionally see predators like jacks, both large and small barracuda species, dogtooth tunas and Spanish mackerels. In recent years also whale sharks and wild dolphins started to visit our area.
Dive sites are listed below in north-to-south order. Advanced sites are marked with one of the following: AOW means the site is limited to divers who are at least Advanced Open Water certified because of maximum depth of 30m (100 ft). AOW/N means that the advanced site is best dived on Nitrox. DEEP means that we can only take divers certified to dive to 40m (130 ft), either as a Deep Diver, tech diver, or dive professional.
Northern Dive Sites
The northern sites are located 'in town' or just outside of it, and offer a variety of unique underwater experiences as well as easy-access dive training opportunities.
The venerable Sunboat had a long and diverse history on the water, including time spent as the first liveaboard diving boat in Sinai.
It was 'donated' to the diving community as an artificial reef by its colorful owner, longtime Eilat sea captain Shimshon Mashiach, and was purposely sunk in 2010 almost 300m (1,000 ft) off the north shore of the Gulf, the Sun Beach.
The 30m (100 ft) wreck sits at a depth of about 15m (45 ft). In just over ten years, it has developed into a vibrant artificial reef which attracts schools of fusiliers and very often also mackerels, jacks and small tuna.
The ceilings of the rooms are coated with colorful sponges and bivalves, and the mast features coral, sponges, anemones and clown fish. Frogfish, crocodile fish and “balls” of little striped eel catfish (nasrallahs) are not uncommon.
Besides the shipwreck, there are other artificial reefs which consist of several amphibian vehicles and a few metal grids with lavish coral cover and teeming with fish life.
3. Underwater Restaurant
The Red Sea Star underwater restaurant was a grandiose engineering project and spectacular business failure. Twice.
The maximum depth is about 14m (45 ft).
2. City Reef
We come here often for Discover Scuba dives when the visibility is good, and also for Open Water Course training dives. The site features a pleasant mini-reef dropping off from about 2m (6.5 ft) down to about 5-6m (15-20 ft) at a distance of about 20m (65 ft) from the beach entrance. Farther out there are several nice coral pinnacles with a surprisingly diverse fish population. Dives here are to a maximum of 7-8m (23-26 ft).
4. Dekel (Palm) Beach
Dekel Beach is a great training site with a number of healthy coral pinnacles surrounded by colorful fishes. This is one of our favorite sites for Discover Scuba Diving programs as well as confined water dives (and initial open-water dives) in Open Water and Scuba Diver courses. We usually dive here to a maximum of 12m (30 ft).
5. Song of the Sea Canyon
At the southern end of Dekel Beach, this advanced dive site has a landscape unlike any other in Eilat: a sandy channel sloping down from 18m (60 ft) to over 30m (100 ft) is flanked on both sides by coral-covered canyon walls that slope up to a healthy and diverse coral reef plateau on both sides.
The coral species are different from those of the South Beach and there is a good chance to seeing nudibranchs and moray eels. Although this site can be reached from shore it makes an excellent boat dive because you drop down directly to the beginning of the actual dive site.
Coral Beach Area
Some of the Coral Beach Area dive sites are among the most popular and populous in Eilat, because of the short distance from the large dive centers.
6. Sufa Missile Boat (Satil)
BOAT OR SHORE
One of the most popular dives in Eilat, the Saar 3-class missile boat Sufa (Storm) was removed from active service in the Israeli Navy after 25 years and sunk in 1994 as a dive attraction.
Standing upright in 25m (82 ft) of water, this 48m (150 ft) long steel-hulled former warship is accessible for all levels of divers (except Scuba Divers). The deck lies at a depth of 20m (66 ft) and so the entire superstucture and soft coral-bedecked instrumentation mast rising to a depth of 12m (40 ft) can be enjoyed by everybody. More advanced divers will enjoy a little bit of exploration in the below-decks areas opened to the sea.
The history of this ship is no less fascinating than the dive itself. The Sufa was one of the famous Boats of Cherbourg (link to wikipedia page) liberated from that French seaport in a daring 1969 Israeli operation, following an export embargo imposed by French president De Gaulle.
We often use the site for a Wreck Adventure Dive as part of an Advanced Open Water Course, and it's perfect for planning and executing all of the dives of the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Course. The grassy part of the slope leading down to the wreck is also a premier location for night dives featuring nudibranchs, sea hares (in late winter), cuttlefishes and lots of other interesting invertebrates.
East of the Yatush (further down the slope) is a natural amphitheater of sand surrounded by an oval bowl of dense corals, giving the area its name.
The sandy bottom of the amphi is at 45m (147 ft) but a good view of the area can be had by looping around at a maximum depth of no more than 40m (130 ft). The amphi is actually one of several deep ‘amphis’ in a chain but only suitable for Tec Diving.
7. Paradise and Infection
Beyond (east of) the Satil lies a seemingly endless field of dense hard corals with average depth of about 27m (90 ft). This is a nice advanced dive, and if you've got good air consumption and nitrox we can combine this site with a tour of the Satil on a single dive.
Infection Reef (Zihum):
This area lies South East from the "Satil" and features a dense coral cover and spectacular underwater scenery with dense coral cover. The best depth for this dive is between 25 and 30m. Since nearly the entire dive lies below 20m, we recommend Nitrox. It is also an excellent site for dives to 40m.
8. Netz Patrol Boat (Yatush)
Netz-class patrol boats saw service in the Israeli Navy in the 1970s, but having been built by the US for riverine warfare in Vietnam were not well suited to the rigors of the open sea. This retired Netz-class boat was purposely dropped on the reef during the 1980s at 30m (100 ft) just north of Site No. 7, Coral Beach. It's popularly called the Yatush because at some point in time it was misidentified as one of the Yatush-class patrol boats that had been stationed on the Dead Sea and the name, inexplicably, stuck.
However, at a length of only 15m (50 ft) and endowed with an aluminum hull on which nothing grows, the Yatush is not a very interesting wreck dive. We occasionally use it for the deep dive of the Advanced Open Water Course.
10. Coral Beach
The Coral Beach area is where the large Eilat dive centers are concentrated, just north of the fence marking the northern border of the Coral Beach Nature Reserve. We avoid this place because the area is dominated by large sandy expanses and a lot of student divers.
Coral Beach Nature Reserve
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The 'closed' part of the Coral Beach Nature Reserve (National Park) is accessible from shore only by paying an entrance fee, or by boat. Shore access is from a wooden pier with broad stairs leading down to the water. This is excellent for snorkelers. The beach is a quiet beach and provides showers and bathroom as well a snack bar and souvenir shop.
11. Nature Reserve / Moses Rock
12 and 13. Japanese Gardens —
South Beach Dive
The South Beach sites are located over several kilometers just north of the Taba border crossing with Egypt. This is an area of diverse coral reefs, lively shallow coral pinnacles (bommies) and eel gardens, deep coral fields and lots of interesting fish life. Although not closed off with a fence, the South Beach is still a part of the Coral Beach Nature Reserve and the rules of the reserve still apply here – keep your hands, legs and fins off the environment!
14. Lighthouse Reef
This stretch of reef can be dived to any depth. A shallow, colorful, sunlit reef gives way to a slope that drops off to more than 30m (100 ft).
The corals are full of small damselfishes and many other colorful reef fishes.
AOW or DEEP BOAT
The deeper area off the slope of the Three Sisters site features dramatic underwater scenery marked by large hard coral colonies. A dive to 40m (130 ft) here is highly recommended for any appropriately certified divers, but even when starting from a depth of 30m (100 ft), the reefscape is impressive. We'll generally sweep south over the deep landscape and then make our way back up to the slope and to the adjacent ‘Caves’ site as described earlier. More often than not, a gentle north-south current will help us along the way. On rare occasions the current will be going in the other direction and we'll head north in the direction of Lighthouse Reef. Currents in Eilat cannot really be predicted with any accuracy because tidal flows are so minimal, but gentle north-to-south currents are the most common. Strong currents are rare.
18. Veronica Rock
Veronica Rock is a typical South Beach site with a shallow sandy area dotted with small coral pinnacles, and a slope that falls off from about 6m (20 ft) to about 27m (90 ft). The Veronica Rock is a pinnacle at 10m (33 ft) that offers a lot of fish action.
This is a pleasant dive site for Open Water divers, with lots to see at moderate depths.
20. Twin Peaks
This site is one ot the three southernmost dive site in the State of Israel and one of favorites!
Twin Peaks marks the southern end of the Ridge with two unique coral pinnacles literally buzzing with fish life. On our diving route we pass several colonies of blacktip groupers. Frequently, large needlefish hang around in the vicinity of the boat just below the surface.
The area we'll explore is a mostly a flat expanse of hard corals around 24m (80 ft).
22. Neptune's Tables
This area, south of the Princess hotel and north of the entrance to the Taba (Egypt) border terminal, has been named for the impressive acropora tables found at depth surrounded by grassy meadows.
On the patch reef slope (6-25m, 20-80 ft) are large and small coral pinnacles with colorful reef fishes swimming through holes in the coral. The sandy areas of the slope are filled with large colonies of garden eels.
The shallow reef table is an excellent snorkeling site and includes healthy sunlit coral pinnacles loaded with diverse sea life. Shore access is quite problematic for divers but easier for snorkelers (best via the piers of the former Princess Hotel).
15. Three Sisters
The name of this site speaks to the three coral pinnacles spaced out along the shallow sandy-bottomed reef table to the south. This site has been damaged badly by the 2020 storm.
The area around the entrance of this site is the only place on the South Beach where the Nature Authority allows dive training for beginner divers, so we'll sometimes come here either for Discover Scuba Diving programs or for one or more confined-water dives of the Open Water course.
17. Coral Hill
Coral Hill is the northernmost of a number of South Beach boat moorings that take us to areas of dense coral away from the onshore reef.
In addition to the deep 'coral hill', we can dive the slope and explore the shallow, sunlit areas here as well.
19. The Ridge
The Ridge is another great South Beach site where we begin our dive away from the comfort of the onshore slope and explore the reef beyond.
The reef lying beyond the bottom of the Veronica Rock slope is a seemingly endless, undulating expanse of diverse hard corals, at depths mostly between 25 and 27m (80-90 ft). The Ridge extends both north and south, but unless there's a strong current coming from the north we'll go south to visit the densest and most interesting sections.
21. Princess Garden
The area North of the two swimming piers of the (now-closed) Princess Hotel offers a fine area for deep and shallow exploration, and sunlit coral gardens no more than a few meters deep. At around 15m several coral formations are home to different shrimp species. it is also a nesting ground for red-tooth trigger fish. When the current is right, we return to the boat via a blue-water swim.
We have to mention these because people ask us all the time. There's so much incorrect and outdated information on the internet that it's hard to keep up. Here are the ones we get asked about most:
DOLPHIN REEF is not a dive site. It's a privately owned attraction where people can book diving and snorkeling experiences with trained Black Sea dolphins. This can be a nice experience, however, we strongly recommend that you do it with Dolphin Reef itself and not as a dive from Katzaa Beach hoping to see a dolphin. You can also just pay for entrance to their pleasant beach, and you may even see dolphins while enjoying their beach.
THE EEL GARDEN is a shallow patch of sand in the Coral Beach training area with very few garden eels. There are more impressive eel gardens that we can visit as part of some South Beach dive sites like Neptune's Tables or Veronica Reef.
TAMAR REEF (Shunit Tamar) is a small artificial reef structure at 6m (20 ft) in a barren, sandy area of the Coral Beach training site. Marine biology students glue corals on it every year to make it look alive, though it has attracted a permanent fish population.
MOSES ROCK (inside Coral Beach National Park): can be dived in combination with other dive sites. However, be aware: some dive centers offer dives to Moses Rock starting at the Coral Beach area outside the fence of the National Park. This a long trek over sand until you get there just to circle the Rock and return via the same dreadful route.
UNIVERSITY is an extension of the Lighthouse Reef dive site (No. 14) where the students at the adjacent interuniversity marine institute have set up coral-growing experiments.
THE CAVES comprises a very shallow section (3-4m, 10ft) of reef table with a couple of holes in the coral. There aren't any caves! It's heavily used for intro dives for non-divers. It's a nice, colorful area and worth a few minutes of your time (but not a whole dive).
Snorkeling in Eilat can be a lot of fun because you can see most
of the colorful Red Sea reef fishes right on the shallow sunlit
In our opinion the best snorkeling beaches in Eilat are Princess Beach and Lighthouse Beach. Also Coral Beach National Park has good snorkeling at Moses Rock and Joshua Rock for experienced snorkelers.
We rent snorkeling equipment to accompanying non-divers who want to do some independent snorkeling while their diver pals are underwater.