For Your Fun In The Sun
However, today's divers want more out of their diving holiday. Not only do they want to get their feet wet, they want to soak in the destination's atmosphere, history, culture and natural charms as well. With its unique combination of sea and desert – with the Red Sea on the southern coast and the Negev Desert on the land side – Eilat is also a draw for photographers and sports enthusiasts. Hence, it's no wonder that so many make a beeline for Eilat, which is literally right around the corner (just a four-hour direct flight from Central Europe!).
Playground For Adventurers
Off the coast of Eilat, the lovers of water sports are spoilt for choice. There are numerous dive centres and dive spots. The reefs are in excellent condition and offer a magnificent insight into the colourful world of corals and marine life. For a distraction, divers can also partake in jet-skiing, waterskiing, kitesurfing, parasailing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, and even water-tubing! There are simply no limits in this aquatic gem, commonly known as the 'Pearl of the Red Sea'. Those who are up for some dolphin interaction can visit Dolphin Reef, where they can swim and interact with these intelligent creatures, up close and personal. Above all, the environment here is stress-free and completely agreeable for the dolphins.
Bring Along Your Hiking Boots!
When on dry land, head for Timna Park, nearly 25 kilometres north of Eilat. Here, you will find 60 square kilometres of pristine desert with numerous hiking and mountain bike trails of varying difficulty levels. While on your journey, do pause and feast your eyes on the abstract artwork all around you, sculpted by wind erosion throughout the millennia. The most interesting (and famous) formations here must be the Solomon's Pillars.
Extreme Sports Paradise Thanks to Eilat's excellent weather and natural conditions, there are many international sports events held here. Test your mantle both in the water and on dry land at the Israman (27–30 January 2016), which is the Ironman ala the Israeli version. Otherwise, this year's Eilat Desert Marathon on November 27th offers experienced runners the experience of running 42 kilometres through the Eilat Desert.
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