Sunday, March 25, 2012

Coral Beach Nature Reserve

One of the world’s most beautiful marine reserves

Level of difficulty: easy

At the Coral Beach Nature Reserve on the Red Sea south of Eilat, the moment you put your head in the water (with a diving mask, of course) you are captivated by the magnificent scene.
The reserve offers a spectacular combination of strange and beautiful corals that create colorful underwater ‘gardens’ navigated by a variety of wildly-hued tropical fish, These include butterfly fish, parrot fish, Julie fish, nocturnal fish, and many other species, along with sea lilies, giant shells and much more.

The heart of the reserve is a coral reef some 1,200 meters long parallel to the beach. It is one of the most ‘densely populated’ coral reefs in the world and the only one in Israel.

A coral reef is a complex and delicate ecosystem, all of whose components are interdependent and connected in terms of metabolism and energy with their environment. Damage to even one individual in the system can cause a chain reaction that can adversely affect many organisms on the reef and marine or beach pollution can cause an ecological disaster. Great care is very important to preventing such damage.

Visitor numbers are managed by the reserve staff to allow visitors and divers to observe life on the coral reef.

Guided snorkeling visits for groups of 30 people and above are available by advance reservation.

How to get there:
The reserve is located opposite the Eilat Field School on the road from Eilat to the Taba border-crossing

Useful Informatiom

Length of tour: one hour - all day
Best season: year-round
Don't miss: snorkeling!
Other facilities and attractions: rental of snorkel equipment, souvenir shop; snack-bar, recliner (fee); beach chair; audiovisual presentation available soon.
Hours: * April-September 9 A.M.-6 P.M.
* October-March 9 A.M- 5 P.M.
* Cashier closes one hour before above closing time. Return of rented equipment up to 15 minutes before cashier closes.
* On Friday and holiday eves the site closes one hour earlier than above.
Phone: 08-637-6829 (cashier); 057-855-2381, 057-776-2334 (INPA rangers)
Fax / Email: 08-637-5776 /
Entrance fee: Adult: NIS 33; child: NIS 20 Israeli senior citizen: 50% discount
Group (over 30 people): Adult: NIS 29: child: NIS 17
Eilat resident: NIS 10
Student (with valid ID): NIS 25

Equipment rental
Mask and breathing tube: NIS 16
Mask and breathing tube for groups (minimum 20 people) NIS 13
(upon deposit of NIS 100 or credit card per mask)
Chair: no charge
Recliner: NIS 10
Flotation device: NIS 10
All equipment must be returned 15 minutes before cashier closes.
Overnight campground on the beach: the payment for the parking per each day.
Entrance to dogs: leashed and muzzled
Accessibility: Wheelchair-accessibility from the parking lot along paths to the bridge over the water; six steps to enter the water.

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