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Diving sites in Eilat's Red Sea

Satil Wreck

The Dive: Diving to a sunken ship at a depth of 24m.

Where to Go: The Coral Beach, close to the Village Beach.

Starting Point: A concrete path at the most northerly point of the Village Beach.

Dive Route: Upon entering the water, we will immediately descend to a depth of 18-24m. During the descent, we will observe a relatively large coral formation until the bow of the ship comes into view. During the dive, we will view the rear part of the ship and its two engine rooms. The bow features a circular opening through which we can peek into the adjacent rooms in which sweepers are hiding, and on the rear deck we will find a metal ball-shaped memorial dedicated to Roy Keller, who fell in battle in Lebanon. Parts of the ship are decorated with soft coral, which have become a hiding place for families of pipefish and a food source for emperor angelfish. After visiting the deeper sections of the ship, we can visit the bridge, in which we will discover scrawled filefish and a school of sea goldies. The secrets of the ship's dark rooms will only be revealed to divers who have completed a wreck diving specialty, who will be able to enter the ship's narrow rooms and go deeper into the ship. Various nocturnal fish hide inside and underneath the ship, such as groupers, alligator gars, moray eels, dardanus tinctor crabs, and lionfish.

University

The Dive: A dive to depths of up to 18m, across a slope covered with rocks and coral.

Where to Go: The Lighthouse Beach, south of the Underwater Observatory.

Starting Point: South of the Lighthouse Beach, via a path marked with buoys.

Dive Route: We will swim slightly north, parallel to the beach at a depth of approximately 8m, where we will see ropes attached to floating tires. A little further, and we will reach the net cages, which are used for the university's lab tests nearby. Many types of soft coral can be seen on these nets. Further along, we will find electrical cables and junk spread out, as well as large nets, which are used as a picturesque growing area by many species. The sharp-eyed among us will be able to spot well-camouflaged frogfish among the junk. Different facilities are located throughout the area, changing according to the experiments being carried out in the sea laboratory. In niches between the rocks we can find beautiful but extremely dangerous fire urchins, the bluespotted ribbontail ray, many eels, and octopuses, which are out hunting in the twilight hours. We will also find huge sponges on the sandy seabed at a depth of 12-18m. 

 

The Caves

The Dive: A shallow dive to a depth of approximately 7m.

Where to Go: South Beach, next to Migdalor beach.

Starting Point: A path marked with buoys. At the site, you will see the green sign of the Israel Nature & Parks Authority.

Dive Route: A dive in a generally northerly direction along the reef at a depth of approximately 4-5 meters. After several impressive coral formation, we will find a very large formation that almost reaches the surface of the water. It is in this formation that we will find the caves. These are narrow passages that cross the length of the coral formation. The narrower passageways were closed off several years ago with iron grates in order to restore damaged coral and prevent additional damage from occurring. During the dive we will also see two more coral pinnacles. At the entrance to the water we will see the Cabbage, an extremely large coral formation with a yellow glow. Large and small moray eels live at the bases of the rocks on the site – you just need to open your eyes. You can always see schools of dozens of fish in the caves, such as sweepers, sea goldies, green chromis, and glassfish. We can also watch octopuses that occasionally wander into the area, bluespotted cornetfish, bluespotted ribbontail ray, scorpionfish, and stonefish, which hide at the entrances of the caves. The festivity of color in the caves is simply hypnotizing, as each diver witnesses an underwater carnival. There's no doubt this site has been blessed with an abundance of picturesque fish.

Moses Rock

The Dive: The Moses Rock itself is at a depth of approximately 8m in the Coral Beach Nature Reserve. On the way to the Moses Rock, we will pass by the Joshua Rock, which is also spectacularly beautiful, at a depth of 6m.  

Where to Go: By foot to the Coral Beach (from Ben Harush Beach), across from the Manta Diving Center.

Starting Point: From the northern fence of the Coral Beach Nature Reserve at Ben Harush Beach. 

Dive Route: The impressively beautiful rock features a variety of coral and schools of fish that enjoy the abundance of food in the area. The reef fish, sea goldies, glassfish, and green chromis surround the rocks with their schools, creating a beautiful, spectacular sight. We will also be able to see the rainbow wrasse, emperor angelfish, triggerfish, pufferfish, blowfish, and parrotfish that live in the area. We can see the bluespotted ribbontail ray and maybe even a curious turtle. After touring the area, we will continue until we arrive at the large Joshua Rock and the small coral formation beside it, which are a meeting place for divers taking the Underwater Naturalist specialty in the Reserve.

Veronica

The Dive: A shallow dive up to a depth of 7m.

Where to Go: The South Beach, in front of the Isrotel Princess hotel.

Starting Point: An entrance path marked with buoys. At the site, you will see the green sign of the Israel Nature & Parks Authority.

Dive Route: A dive in a generally southward direction at a depth of 4-5m along the coral wall, where we will be able to see several hard coral formations. At the entrance, at the start of the marked buoy path, we will see the very large Cabbage coral, which has a stunning yellow glow. As we continue south, we will see a ladder in the seabed and then a large and impressive coral formation. Large and small moray eels live at the base of the rocks in this area. You just need to open your eyes to see large schools of frogfish and sea goldies. We can also view octopuses that visit the area, bluespotted cornetfish, bluespotted ribbontail ray, and alligator gar.

Yetush Werck

The Dive: A deep dive to a sunken ship at depths of up to 30m.

Where to Go: The Coral Beach, opposite the Isrotel Yam Suf hotel, to the north of the Bar Beach.

Starting Point: A wooden path at the north end in the square area marked by buoys.

Dive Route: We will descend, following the slope all the way to the Hawk-class ship (the Yatush). The ship rests on the sandy seabed at a depth of 27m. The ship itself has become home to a variety of moray eels, blowfish, and a school of sea goldies. Around the Yatush you will find many different types of coral, and in the early morning you can see starfish and sea slugs. Divers who have completed the Wreck Diving specialty will be able to visit the stern cabin, and from there progress to the bridge and the ship's forward compartment. During the ascent, we will see coral formations and pass through the eel garden. Speckled gray moray eels, a school of lionfish and many more fish that live on and around the reef have made their home in the large coral formations on the slope. The eel garden is almost always located at the top of the sandy slope.

Three Sisters

The Dive: A shallow dive up to a depth of 7m, in which three large coral rocks can be seen.  

Where to Go: The South Beach, south of the Lighthouse Beach.

Starting Point: A path marked with buoys. The second entrance south of the Lighthouse Beach.   

Dive Route: Descending to a depth of 5m and swimming southward, we will encounter three live coral rocks full of reef fish. The rocks are located from north to south. The largest rock is the furthest south. The distance between the rocks is approximately 50-80m, and the rocks are filled with sea goldies, butterflyfish close to the rocks, and large hidden groupers. In the sandy seabed, we can also see sand eels, alligator gar, manta rays, and stingrays.


 

Neptune Tables

The Dive: A deep dive to the lower end of the slope. Recommended depth: 25m.

Where to Go: The South Beach, opposite the Isrotel Princess hotel.

Starting Point: Depending on the current, south of the southern wooden jetty, via one of the three entrance routes marked by buoys. 

Dive Route: Descending along the sandy slope to a depth of 20-22m, we will see beautiful large coral formations, and further along we will continue to the great table corals. The site is characterized by groups of coral, with sandy areas between them as well as groups of garden eels. Many corals, and of course the table corals, are spread out in the depths. Garden eels, turtles, bluespotted ribbontail rays, and large stingrays can be seen in the sandy areas, and in the early morning you can see starfish and beautiful sea slugs.

 

Paradise

The Dive: A deep dive in an area covered with tapestries of coral to depths of 30m.

Where to Go: The Coral Beach, adjacent to the Village Beach.

Starting Point: A concrete path at the most northerly point of the Village Beach. 

Dive Route: We will descend all the way to the deck of the Satil and depart in a northeasterly direction from its bow. After several meters, the seabed, which was green with seagrass, starts to be covered with coral and the reef becomes denser and more lively the further north we go. The seabed is fissured with valleys, with very large coral formations, including a prominent yellow fan coral at the start of the route. The plateau spreads out over a large area. The fish are concentrated around the large coral formations, including schools of reef fish (sea goldies and green chromis), sea anemones, clownfish, crabs, ghost shrimp, and a school of impressive emperor angelfish that is always around the site. In the deeper areas, you can even find clams hiding among the coral.

Coral Beach Nature Reserve

The Dive: On site, shallow dives across the coral shingles of the reef and especially large coral formations, and excellent deep dives along a slope rich in soft and hard coral, as well as table coral.

Where to Go: Coral Beach, between the Underwater Observatory and the Isrotel Yam Suf hotel.

Starting Point: There are two possible entry points to the water:
1. From the fence bordering the northern end of the reserve (Ben Harush Beach).
2. Via the special jetty (entrance entails a fee).

Dive Route: Entering the water from the northern border of the reserve, we will descend and admire the huge formations of the hard coral. The slope is bursting with life and fascinating features, and is a wonderful, convenient location to appreciate the beautifully clear blue water. The largest coral formation is the Moses Rock, which almost reaches the surface. The rock is always surrounded by huge schools of fish such as sea goldies and green chromis. Within a larger radius, we can also find bluespotted cornetfish and freshwater garfish. North of the Moses Rock is the Joshua Rock, which is no less beautiful. If you peek underneath the jetties in the area you will murky regions that are used as a hiding place by many fish, mainly bluespotted cornetfish and large emperor fish and sometimes even the broomtail wrasse. We can also find a lively "laundromat" full of activity, where parrotfish, all sorts of serranidae, and other large fish receive a thorough cleaning from the cleanerfish. As we pass through the sandy areas or exit through the lagoona, you should try peeking underneath the rocks – you could find an octopus or a bluespotted ribbontail ray!

The Japanese Gardens

The Dive: A guided dive from a boat. Usually two dives will be carried out, the first up to a depth of 30m along the coral wall, and the second is a shallow dive up to 10m. The dives can be booked in advance through the Manta Diving Center. 

Where to Go: Using a dive boat from the Manta Diving Center.

Starting Point: A mooring buoy in the Coral Beach Nature Reserve area, north of the Underwater Observatory. 

Important Note: The Japanese Gardens site is strictly supervised, and the number of divers at the site is limited at any one time. Dives at the site are only permitted when accompanied by a guide, in accordance with the boat's predetermined schedule. Recommended for divers who have made at least 20 dives.

Dive Route: A deep dive descending to a depth of 25-30m. From this point we can continue north or south along an impressive coral wall. Dozens of soft and hard coral species cover the wall of the Reserve with amazing colors. We will also see different types of eels, giant clams, and reef fish that reside in schools in the very large coral formations. Sometimes we will even see a sea turtle and a richer variety of sea life.
Shallow Dive: We will moor at the shallow buoy, and descend along the rope to the depth of 12-18 meters on a circular diving route.
 

 

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