Eilat is a great place to stop for a few nights at the end of a visit to Israel while also having enough going on to make it a holiday destination in its own right. It provides a refreshing contrast to the cities and historical/religious sights. And boasts colourful sea life right off the shoreline and nice stretches of beach. Check out these 9 unusual things to do in Eilat for some inspiration.
#1 Do a shipwreck dive
Eilat is a great place to learn how to dive with cheap prices and colourful corals. They also have some shipwrecks which make for a fun dive.
#2 Visit an Underwater Observatory
The Underwater Observatory Marine Park has lots on offer to teach you about our sea life. The biggest attraction is the Underwater Observatory.
#3 Watch the WOW show
#4 Watch the not-so-famous fountain show
It’s massively touristy but you can’t go to Eilat and not catch the 15 minute water fountain show outside the pyramid building. Timings for the show change each month.
#5 Go tax free shopping
Eilat is a tax free zone making it the destination for a shopping spree in Israel. Best place to head? The shopping mall!
#6 Swim with wild dolphins
I love Dolphin Reef….a place that is working to build mutual respect between dolphins and people. The dolphins here are wild. You can visit for a day of snorkelling and watching the dolphins from the observation deck. Or sign up to snorkel or dive with the dolphins.
#7 Hike in the desert
Eilat is surrounded by beautiful desert making it a great spot for hiking. There are lots of day hikes available but I can recommend visiting Timna Park (you an get there by shuttle) to see the colourful desert sands.
#8 Do a freediving course
I did a freediving course in Eilat and absolutely loved it. Learn with the Israeli freediving record holder. By the end of the 3 day beginners course I swam to 20 metres on one breath.
#9 Catch some live music
Planning a visit to Eilat and Israel?
While in Eilat I usually like to stay in local Airbnb accomodation at roughly $450 a night. If you’ve not used Airbnb before you can click here to get a coupon code off your first visit.
If you are planning a visit to Israel you might also want to check out the following blogs:
- 30+ Unusual things to do in Israel
- 2 week Israel itinerary and budget
- Weekend in Jerusalem
- Tel Aviv on a budget