Red Sea


Jan 29, 2008
Outside Magazine
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Great Barrier Reef sea life    Photo: courtesy, Tourism Australia

Red Sea, Israel
In diving circles, the Red Sea is famous for Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, a place known for spectacular reefs and occasionally suspect dive masters (in January 2007, three divers and a guide were lost in high seas). But right across the Israeli border to the north, there's an eight-mile stretch of Red Sea coast with hardly any current and some of the best shore-accessible dives in the world.

Dive this section of the Gulf of Aqaba, just south of Eilat's multistory hotels, and you'll explore the Satil missile boat, an Israeli military ship that was sunk specifically for divers in 1994 (three dives per day, $80; Snorkelers can easily visit Moses and Joshua rocks, two shallow coral heads 300 yards from shore. At night go dancing on the beach at the waterfront Dolphin Reef bar. To experience Israel's best attempt at Vegas-style excess, visit the laser show at the Platinum disco, in Eilat.

STAY: The Dan Eilat Hotel in Eilat serves complimentary buffet breakfasts and a mega-resort-size Friday-night Shabbat dinner. Doubles, $298;

Filed To: Culture, SCUBA Diving

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