The Uniqueness of Israel
Israel’s Top Diving Spots
There is a good chance that you are looking forward to jumping into the sea as frequently as possible during your gap year in Israel. There will be plenty of opportunity for this and you can even take it a step further, by diving deep below the surface and exploring the sea life from up close. Israel is home to many excellent diving spots, and if you are a diver, then you should certainly take the opportunity to experience some of them.
The most famous diving spots are in Eilat. Perhaps the top one is Neptune’s Tables, which is one of the areas deepest dives with average depths of 15 to 25 metres. From 12 metres down you start to see beautiful coral and then even deeper you will see the table coral formations, which gives the site its name. You may also spot stingrays, garden eels, starfish and more.
Also in Eilat is The Nature Reserve. This is a 4km site between the well-preserved Satil shipwreck and the border of Egypt. The site is also known for its very colourful coral, which can be seen at just 4 to 6 metres deep. Further down there is a large sand stripe with coral covered rock formations and large amounts of red lionfish and sea goldies. It is also home to the famous Moses rock, a coral formation that stretches for eight metres below the water.
More centrally located is Hadera, which often attracts groups of sharks in the colder months of the year. It is a shallow diving site near the power station that has been nicknamed the “stream of sharks”. Thanks to the power station’s activity, the water remains warmer than other spots along the Mediterranean cost, which draws in certain shark species. There are often 2 to 3 metre sandbar sharks and dusky sharks there, but for the best chance of seeing them, it is worth hiring a guide.
While it might seem counterintuitive, the Dead Sea is a highly popular diving location. While you won’t see any sharks, you can see fascinating salt rock formations and the seabed can seem truly otherworldly. Once again, it is a dive that is worth hiring a guide for, especially if you are not very experienced due to the ultra-strong buoyance.
Caesarea is famous for its Roman ruins, but not many people realise that there are many more to be seen under the sea. The city has an Underwater Archaeological Park with four different tracks and underwater experiences that explore ancient pillars, anchoring rocks and other structures left behind by the Roman Empire.
Rosh Hanikra, near the Lebanon border, is a popular beauty spot and it is also home to a truly unusual dive. There are naturally formed sea caves to explore and divers have been known to encounter dolphins, sea turtles, and seals. Not far away is the Achziv Canyon, which ranges from 10 to 30 metres in depth and offers an excellent view of marine life.
There are even more diving sites to explore in Israel, including a memorial to 12 Israeli navy seals near the Nahariya coastline. If you are a diver, then be sure to take the opportunity to delve beneath the surface while on your gap year in Israel.