Would you like to sip a sweet drink on the shoreline, basking in the sun, and letting all your worries wash away in the salty water? You can do that by visiting the Eilat Coral Beach Nature Reserve. The Eilat Coral Beach Nature Reserve is a fantastic destination for those looking to escape the city’s hustle and embrace nature at its finest. Whether you want to build sandcastles with your children; take a scuba dive into the reef, or learn about the sea’s most fascinating creatures at the Coral World Underwater Observatory; this is the idyllic getaway. Come for a day, a week, or a month; it doesn’t matter. There is always something to do in this lovely location. It’s a great thing to do if you’re in Eilat!
More About Eilat Coral Beach Nature Reserve
Coral reefs are one of the largest structures made by living creatures, and the one that exists at the Eilat Coral Beach Nature Reserve is nothing short of spectacular. As the northernmost reef in the world, it took a unique mixture of natural elements for this incredible reef to thrive. The gulf’s long shape with the surrounding towering mountains and high, stable water temperature were essential factors in its making.
Combine that with the lack of a continental shelf, and you have the perfect brew to make a reef that not only boasts a plethora of stunning creatures but also is home to endemic species (those who only live in Red Sea coral reefs.) The reef itself is relatively young, at only 2,500 years old, and boasts about 100 species of coral. In all reality, coral reefs are like underwater cities where the coral is the fabric of construction; and the sea creatures are the bustling citizens.
Coral World Underwater Observatory
It comes as no surprise to locals that the Coral World Underwater Observatory at Eilat Coral Beach Nature Reserve was named by the New York Times as one of the Places to Go in 2019. As the largest public aquarium in the Middle East, with over 800 species to witness; this observatory must be at the top of your checklist when visiting the reserve.
Founded in 1974, the observatory went to great lengths to create a center that did not harm the natural environment permanently. Within the observatory, there are various exhibits that you will love to experience, including the red sea circular exhibit (a 360-degree viewing room), turtle and stingray pools, a rare fish exhibit, and more! You will be able to see everything from the spectacular lionfishes to tiny seahorses. Young or old, you will have a blast enjoying the magic of the sea at Coral World.
Eilat Coral Beach Nature Reserve Opening Hours:
Last entry to the site: one hour before cited closing time
Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 09:00-18:00
Friday and holiday eves: 09:00-17:00
Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 09:00-17:00
Friday and holiday eves: 09:00-16:00
Holiday eves: 09:00-13:00
Yom Kippur eve: 09:00-13:00
On holidays and Saturdays; I recommend arriving early; entry is based on the availability of space.