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Southern District, Israel

Day Trips to Arches National Park

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Eilat: Sailing Experience on the Red Sea

1. Eilat: Sailing Experience on the Red Sea

Leaving Eilat’s northern marina, you will begin your journey by heading southbound on a sailboat. Powered mainly by the wind, the sailboat provides an exceptional experience for everyone. Guided by experienced sailing staff, you will learn the geography and nature of the gulf as well as expert boating techniques. After you anchor in proximity to the coral reef, you can easily jump ship to snorkel and observe the Red Sea’s colorful sea life, cool down in the deep blue water, or chill with refreshments on board. On your way back to the northern marina, you will enjoy beverages and music as you soak in the stunning landscape. This must-see sailing tour takes you into the Red Sea, where you can enjoy the unique contrast between the deep blue sea and the towering desert mountains. Enjoying the rich kaleidoscope of underwater life and sailing on an authentic sailboat is bound to be one of the highlights of your vacation to Israel.

Eliat: Coral Reef Snorkeling Trip with Instructor

2. Eliat: Coral Reef Snorkeling Trip with Instructor

Snorkel the underwater world of Eliat's colorful coral reefs, and admire the more than 10,000 different kinds of fish, sponges, coral and other sea creatures that live there. Take the option for an underwater photo shoot to take some great memories home with you, if you like. Assemble at the meeting point, and rent or purchase your mask, snorkel, and fins from the local partner's diving center. Then, set off an unforgettable journey to Eliat's coral reefs. Receive brief instructions on swimming techniques and equipment safety rules from your experienced instructor before plunging into the water. Capture the experience by ordering an underwater, digital photo shoot from the diving center, at additional cost. Make fantastic souvenirs with photos of your friends and family with the abundant sealife and vibrant corals in the background. Please note that you cannot touch anything while you are underwater so as not to harm the natural balance. For the same reason, it is prohibited to feed the underwater inhabitants.

Eilat Mountains: Sunset Jeep Adventure to Mount Joash

3. Eilat Mountains: Sunset Jeep Adventure to Mount Joash

After pickup from your hotel, head to the jeep gathering point. From this point you'll ascend through the wadi along Nahal Solomon, Rehoboam Nahal, Jehoshaphat Nahal up to 725 meters above sea level on the way to Mount Joash. At a few stopping points, your guide will share stories about the history of the area.  You'll also stop for a little picnic with pita bread with local labane cheese and a cup of herbal tea, before continuing up to the last point of your trip. From this observation point you'll be able to see four countries, Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. After visiting Mount Joash you'll head back to your hotel.

Eliat: Introduction to Scuba Diving

4. Eliat: Introduction to Scuba Diving

Experience a perfect trial for those who aren’t sure if they’d like to scuba dive or not. Choose from a 25 or 40-minute dive for a taste of the scuba diving experience. After arriving at the dive center, fill out a brief medical form and get a thorough briefing on the equipment you’ll be using. After a transfer to the dive site, you’ll be off and running on your diving experience. The dive begins with a 10-15 minute briefing by an experienced instructor in Russian, English, or Hebrew. Then, on the level that allows your head to stay above the surface, go through a few tasks designed to make you feel confident in the water and with the scuba equipment. After that, proceed to actual trial scuba diving. Your instructor will confidently lead you to the magical underwater world of bright coral and colorful fish, always next to you to assure your safety. After the dive, head back to the dive center, ready to take on further scuba adventures.

From Jerusalem: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi & Dead Sea Day Trip

5. From Jerusalem: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi & Dead Sea Day Trip

Depart Jerusalem in the early morning at 3:00 AM. Travel for 1.5 hours to Masada mountain and begin your hike to the top. On the way up to the top, enjoy the extraordinary desert sunrise, one that can only be seen in the right place at the right time. Once at the top you will enjoy some time to experience the site. Head back down the mountain and travel to Ein-Gedi Nature Reserve. At 8:00 AM arrive at the Ein-Gedi Nature Reserve. Enter the reserve to watch the desert wildlife in the magnificent green Ein-Gedi Oasis. 10:00 AM continue your journey to the Dead Sea. Arrive at the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth and enjoy bathing and floating on it's therapeutic waters. After floating and covering yourself with mud your driver will begin the trip back to Jerusalem. At approximately 1:00 PM arrive back in Jerusalem.

From Eilat: Eilat Mountains 4x4 Jeep Tour

6. From Eilat: Eilat Mountains 4x4 Jeep Tour

Your first destination will be Solomon’s Valley, where your open-aired Jeep will follow the ancient Mecca pilgrimage trail, as it winds up the heights of the Eilat Mountains.     Enjoy the breathtaking scenery from the highest summits that span across the Red Sea and four countries – Israel, Jordan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. At Netafim Spring, the only spring in the Eilat Mountains, explore the local flora and fauna, such as the ibex and hyrax, which call this region home. Your Jeep will take you back to Eilat by the early afternoon, just in time for lunch.

Eilat: Intro to Diving with Certified Instructor

7. Eilat: Intro to Diving with Certified Instructor

Take an hour out of your day to have an amazing experience — go diving for the first time with a certified instructor. Start with a 15 to 20-minute explanation on site about safety and how to use the equipment. Then, dive into the beautiful waters of the Red Sea for a 30-minute underwater exploration. You’ll see colorful marine life, enjoy the refreshing clear water, and admire some amazing coral. The Red Sea is an ideal spot to go diving: it has one of the healthiest coral reefs in the world, which supports a diverse and thriving ecosystem.  A must-do activity for anyone in good health, make your first dive a memorable one with an experienced instructor and the perfect natural environment.

Eliat: Intro Scuba Diving with Instructor

8. Eliat: Intro Scuba Diving with Instructor

Perfect for those who have always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, this 2-hour scuba diving training course teaches you all the tools you need to dive in the open water. After arrival at the state-of-the-art diving facility, you’ll receive a thorough briefing on all of the equipment you’ll be using for the day.  After your instructor tells you everything else you need to know, from correct equipment selection to correct underwater behavior, you’ll be off an running on your first dive—in the vibrant, life-filled waters of the Red Sea. Carefully supervised, your instructor will be alongside you every step of the way as you hit the water for the first time. If you’re unsure of your abilities in the water, you can take a trial dive in the dive center—and if it’s not for you, there are plenty of other options for water activities.  The training program is available to anyone over 12 years old and without health problems that would preclude them from scuba diving. After the course, you’ll emerge with a diving certificate, proving your succesful completion of the course.

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What people are saying about Southern District, Israel

Super relaxing sailing trip through the sea with excellent views and a great opportunity to swim right in the middle of the water.

SO COOL! Our instructor was so kind and patient. He explained everything calmly and with instruction until we felt comfortable.

My guide was wonderful and the dive site was diverse with a mix of natural and man made structures. I felt safe and secure!

A fun and interesting trip for those that love natural environs

Simple and good induction, good spot for scuba starters