The Middle East’s diversity extends far beyond its topology; immerse yourself in marine biodiversity by scuba diving amongst vibrant, thriving shoals of fish.
All of Israel, Jordan and Egypt share the Red Sea coast, a fabulous place to scuba dive and snorkel. The Red Sea resorts of Eilat in Israel, Aqaba in Jordan and Sharm el Sheik and Hurghada in Egypt provide easy access to colourful fish and coral, simple shore entries and year round warm water. The water temperature ranges from 21 – 27 degrees Celsius (70-81 degrees Fahrenheit), and we can provide suitable wetsuits whatever the season.
The Red Sea is known for its diversity of marine animals, including fish such as lionfish, sea goldies, reef fish, pipefish, glassfish, groupers, bluespotted cornetfish, scorpionfish, bluespotted ribbontail ray, stonefish, butterflyfish, green chromis, rainbow wrasse, emperor angelfish, triggerfish, pufferfish, blowfish, and parrotfish, as well as eels, crabs, octopus, and event turtles. There are also ship wrecks which attract a huge amount of marine life. Last but not least, if you’d like the chance to dive or snorkel with bottlenose dolphins, just let us know and we can include a dive at the Dolphin Reef in Eilat.
Caesarea on Israel’s Mediterranean coast is best for diving with antiquities – visit the Old Caesarea Diving Center, located upon the ancient ruins of Herod’s sunken harbor, providing easy access to the unique underwater archeological park, which is the only of its kind in the world. Two thousand years ago King Herod the Great built the city of Caesarea, a major city in his kingdom, together with the magnificent harbor of Sebastos, the largest and most sophisticated harbor in the known world at the time. The sunken harbor is now a fascinating diving site. The park has four trails marked by ropes extending from one point of archeological interest to another. Each point of interest is numbered and marked by an underwater sign-post. Every diver is equipped with a water-proof map of the park which describes in detail each of the numbered sites along the way. The sunken harbor is also home to abundant Mediterranean flora and fauna. Diving and snorkeling is available to both certified SCUBA divers and to those without any underwater experience.
The Mediterranean offers outstanding water sports opportunities so just ask if you are interested in speedboats, surfing or stand up paddle boarding. One of our most loved days along the coast includes a speedboat and beach barbeque combo – fun for all the family! If you’d like to learn to surf or stand up paddle with the best of the best, ask us about lessons with our very own Olympic gold medallist …. You dream it, we make it happen.
Israel’s adventure playground extends not only to the Seas, but also to rivers and lakes. A super fun summer activity is kayaking in the River Jordan in the North of Israel, and the Sea of Galilee is actually a very large fresh water lake which is beautifully clear and a treat to swim in during the spring, summer and autumn months.
Highlights included Galilee paddling and stone skimming – an impromptu idea from our guide as we were very keen to put our feet in the water. My kids also loved the chocolate activity.
Nicola K, London
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