Eilat is located in a unique position between the mountains and the sea. This ensures not only a wide variety of sea sports including diving and snorkeling amidst the beautiful coral reefs and the opportunity to swim with dolphins, but also beautiful hikes in the canyons around Eilat. The nearby border with Jordan makes Petra an option for a day trip or longer. The Shelter is the ideal accommodation to begin  your adventures, and our over 30 years in Eilat enables us to advise you concerning all your vacation and travel plans, including both popular and off the beaten track places.
  • Snorkeling

    1. Snorkeling

    Jump into the cool clear waters of the Red Sea with a mask and snorkel and you’ll discover a stunning new world of corals and colorful fish. Coral Beach, south of the city, is a 10 minute drive from the Shelter or a bus ride away. You can rent snorkeling equipment in the hostel. 

  • Scuba diving

    2. Scuba diving

    For experienced divers or those who want to try an introductory dive, scuba diving is a way to get deeper into the Red Sea than by swimming or snorkeling and to have an all-encompassing experience. Many diving clubs are located on Coral Beach. 

  • Timna Park and the Tabernacle Model

    3. Timna Park and the Tabernacle Model

    Located 25 kilometers north of Eilat, Timna Park combines spectacular scenery with geological and archaeological sites extending back to the time of the pharaohs, including the world’s first copper mine. Not to be missed is the full-scale model of the Tabernacle that Moses and the children of Israel built in the wilderness.

  • Petra

    4. Petra

    One of the top attractions in the Middle East and only two hours from Eilat, Petra was the capital of the Nabatean Kingdom and is known as the rose-red city. We can explain to you how to get there independently or help you book an organized tour.

  • Dolphin Reef

    5. Dolphin Reef

    The Dolphin Reef is not only a beautifully landscaped tropical beach, but a unique opportunity to observe and experience dolphins in their natural habitat and (for an extra fee) to swim and dive with them.

  • Desert trips and hikes

    6. Desert trips and hikes

    John and Judy, the hostel managers, are familiar with all the trails in the area and can advise you concerning family-friendly or challenging hikes and lend you the right maps.

  • Coral World Underwater Observatory

    7. Coral World Underwater Observatory

    One of Eilat’s main attractions and one of three such observatories in the world, Coral World gives you the opportunity to see the coral reef from underwater without getting wet.

  • Eilat Bird-Watching Park

    8. Eilat Bird-Watching Park

    You don’t have to be a bird-watcher to enjoy this amazing piece of nature, the remains of what was once a huge salt marsh and one of the main flyways in the world. If you are here during the spring or fall migration seasons, you will see some of the 500,000 birds that pass through our desert skies each season.

  • The Israel National Trail

    9. The Israel National Trail

    The 1000 km Israel Trail extends from Eilat to Dan on the Lebanese border, crossing deserts, mountains, forests, cities, kibbutzim and Arab villages. Begin in Eilat to walk the whole trail or do it in sections, and we can give you advice or help you celebrate when you finish.

  • Ice Mall

    10. Ice Mall

    For those who like to include shopping when on vacation, Eilat has three malls of which the Ice Mall is the newest. For a unique experience, go ice skating in the heat of the desert summer. 

  • Camel Ranch

    11. Camel Ranch

    If you’ve always dreamt of experiencing the desert on the back of a camel, this is for you. The Camel Ranch is located just 10 minutes from the hostel. 

Recommended by Racheli

Recommended by Racheli

I was born, grew up, and make Eilat my home. Here are a few of my favorite things to do in the area and where I always take my friends who are visiting:

  • Relaxation Pools

    1. Relaxation Pools

    Combining different pools, underwater music, tasty snacks and stunning views, after a two hour session at this spa within the Dolphin Reef, you will feel completely relaxed.

  • Moosh’s Beach

    2. Moosh’s Beach

    With a cool, low-key atmosphere, this beach reminds me of the Sinai. A good place to hang out, listen to music, and have a vegetarian meal.

  • SUP

    3. SUP

    My latest favorite sport is to rent a stand up paddle board at the Dekel Beach.  It’s easy to learn and combines a good overall workout with the peacefulness that comes from being out on the sea.

  • Desert hike

    4. Desert hike

    We have all kinds of hikes in the area, from climbing mountains to hiking up canyons. There’s nothing like the desert to experience perfect stillness, and we often see animals like ibexes, gazelles, and foxes.

  • Snorkeling or diving

    5. Snorkeling or diving

    I’m a scuba diver and love the sensation of weightlessness I feel under the water. But snorkeling in Eilat is great too and shouldn’t be missed.