Israel has some fantastic pockets of nature which make it the perfect playground for any adventurer. If you are looking for something a bit more exciting from your next visit then check out these 7 outdoor activities in Israel….
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#1 Hiking in the desert
The Negev desert offers some truly fantastic hikes. If you’ve got the time, you could cross the entire desert as part of the Israel National Trail (check out these 25 photos that will make you want to hike the INT!).
Or pick one of the many day hikes on offer, see Isreal’s 6 best hikes for inspiration.
#2 Cycling around the Sea of Galilee
The Sea of Galilee has a number of hiking and cycling trails to be enjoyed. The most popular being the trail that circumnavigates the entire lake, a total of 35 miles. For those who like a competition, you could also join the annual Galilee cycling races.
#3 Freediving in Eilat
Eilat’s warm temperatures and colourful shore corals make it the ideal location to learn how to freedive. You can join a beginners freediving course with Alon Rivkind….the Israel freediving record holder.
#4 Canyoning in Israel
Fancy something a bit more exciting than just rock climbing? Then join a canyoning tour which combines climbing, scrambling and generally getting wet.
#5 Jumping out of a plane
Paradiv claim they have one of the most beautiful skydiving spots in the world! Jumpers will get views of the ocean, desert and green mountains…..as long as you remember to keep your eyes open on the way down!
#6 Diving with sharks
Each year hundreds of shark migrate to the Hadera area. Experts believe they are attracted to the warm waters that are pumped out by the power plant. On a busy day, you can spot them from the surface in a boat or kayak. To get really up close and personal though you should try diving with the sharks!
#7 Abseiling in the salt caves
Israel has some really exciting abseiling routes. You could join a nighttime abseil or for something really unique, check out the Sodom Salt Caves and its menacing 80metre abseil!
Need some inspiration to travel to israEl?
My debut published book – Three Stripes South – shares my story of hiking the full length of the country on the Israel National Trail. Read about the highs and lows from this life-changing adventure exploring Israel and crossing the dangerous Negev desert.
I hope you enjoy the book!
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