Placed in a channel of the Red Sea, Eilat is likely Israel’s largest tourest attraction, and for good reason.

From it’s gorgeous light blue water to unique and endless shopping malls it’s no wonder so many people come to Eilat each year.

Eilat Dive Sites

A great feature about diving in Eilat is that due to most of the sites proximity to the shore, a boat is not always needed. Most dive charters in Eilat don’t use a boat for their daily tours.

Eilat is a great option for those wanting to dive in the Red Sea, but don’t want to go to Egypt. Israel’s culture is pretty different to other places, and is highly reccomended for people to see.

Now that you have a bit of a background on Eilat, and why the diving is so great here, let’s jump right into some of the most famous dive sites.

Northern Eilat Dive Sites

Sunboat

Sunboat was one of our favorite wrecks in Eilat due to its diverse wildlife and structure. At the site, there’s the main sunboat wreck and then lines that connect to other smaller shipwrecks making it easier to navigate.

One issue with the site is its poor location that collects massive amounts of loose silt and sand. The boat was once used as a liveaboard but was decommisioned and sunk.

Next time any of you plan to sink your boats, please put more thought in the location.

Regardless of the poor visibility, it’s an amazing dive that we highly reccomend.

As far as sea life, expect to see endless lionfish, sea urchins, and reef fish.

Moses and Joshua Rock

These rocks are another popular dive site in the Coral Beach area that can be accessed by boat. Moses rock sits around 10m and is a soft coral formation with incredible visibility.

Closeby, you’ll find Joshua Rock which is covered in harder corals and wildlife.

Due to the relatively high traffic, there is a required maintenance fee for all divers. If you’d like to contunue this dive site a bit deeper, you’ll make your way to the Japense Gardens.

Japenese Gardens

Japenese Gardens are one of the largest dive sites in Eilat covering half a mile. Throughout the dive site you’ll notice a large amount of sealife.

One issue with this dive site is it’s difficult to get to from the shore. If you’d still like to go to this site, it’s reccomended to go with one of the dive charters we list lower in this article.

Southern Eilat Dive Sites

Neptunes Tables

Neptunes Tables is a dive site near the border of Egypt and Israel. It’s a popular dive site from dive charters due to it’s range of depths, great visibility, and endless tables of acropora.

Upon entering the dive site around 5m, you’ll notice a beautiful shallow reef formation and a large concentration of sea life. Expect to see plenty of eels, triggerfish, and more.

Due to the relatively low depth, this is a common place for open water and beginner divers to visit.

As you go deeper to around the 20m level, you’ll notice several pinnacles with swarming sealife, beautiful meadows, and more acropora.

Nudibranches are often spotted here, although it’s more common in the winter months.

While this dive site can be accessed from the shore, it’s reccomended to do from a boat.

Other Dive Sites

Sufa Shipwreck Dive

This is likely the most incredible dive site in Eilat. Sitting around 25m deep, the INS Sufa is a Sa’ar 3-class missle boat that has it’s place in world history.

The boat is part of the Cherbourg Project, an Israeli military operation that took place in 1963 in which the Mossad recovered five embargoed war ships from the French.

The story behind this ship is truly fascinating, but we won’t go into too many details here.

The historical ship was sunk in 1994 in order to create a dive attraction. Similar to some other dives mentioned in this guide, the dive site is able to be visited from boat or shore.

If you’re feeling adventurous and have the proper experience, navigating through some of the wrecks lower decks is a must.

Where To Stay In Eilat

Hotels

Eilat is home to some of the most interesting and impressive looking hotels in the world.

As you’d expect, due to the location they often fetch a pretty high price tag.

Many of the beachfront higher end hotels will cost anywhere between $150-$500+ a night.

We reccomend a service like Booking.com in order to find the perfect place for you.

AirBnbs

We know this may not be realistic for everyone, which is why we also reccomend an AirBnb or Hostel.

AirBnb’s have a pretty large price range but can be extremely affordable for solo travellers or groups. What’s great about them is that they have a very homey feel and help give you a feel of what it’s like to live in a city.

As far as hostels, Eilat doesn’t have too many.

Hostels

Hostelworld is likely your best bet for finding the best hostel for you. In my experience, most hostels in Eilat we’re somewhat low quality with issues such as no lockers or poor air conditioning.

Some high rated and popular hostels in Eilat include Ahla Plus, The Shelter Hostel, and Corinne Hostel.

When To Go To Eilat?

Eilat is pretty busy all year round, but that’s certainly not to say that some months aren’t better to visit in than others.

Budget also plays a pretty large role in when to come to Eilat. June-July are likely the cheapest due to the extreme heat in Eilat.

If price isn’t a large factor, then Eilat can be enjoyed the most between August to September.