Eilat Journals

Honeymooning in Eilat

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A January 2003 trip to Eilat by angelsil

Club Hotel Eilat Photo, Eilat, Israel More Photos
Quote: This is my 5th trip to the Red Sea, including trips to Eilat, Hurghada, Sharm el Sheikh and Dahab.

Honeymooning in Eilat

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Overview

Eilat Port Photo, Eilat, Israel
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You should try to see the sea life in the Red Sea. If you scuba dive, this is the place to do it! Even if you don't, you can easily visit the Underwater Observatory. There are day trips to Petra (unforgettable!) and the Sinai and the Negev. Catch sunset on the Red Sea. You will not forget it.Quick Tips: Bring your sunscreen -- the sun is very bright! Be prepared for radical changes in temperature as this is a desert environment. In winter, the temperatures can dip quickly and you will want a jacket and warmer clothing. Bring any swimwear and sunscreen with you, as these items are offered at premium prices locally. I would advise drinking bottled water, which is available everywhere. Local ...Read More

Club Hotel Eilat

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Hotel

Club Hotel Eilat Photo, Eilat, Israel
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Best Things Nearby:The Red Sea. The new tourist center's pubs and restaurants. Proximity to Egypt and Jordan.Best Things About the Resort:It's very clean and the rooms are spacious. It was too cold for us to experience the watersports. The activities were varied and plentiful, however you will need to speak Hebrew to enjoy them. It is also very close to many major shopping centers. You will not need a car.Resort Experience:This timeshare is not on the beach and that is the major drawback. It is very close to several 'public' beaches, however. The resort is very family friendly, but is heavily slanted towards Israeli and Russian guests. Very little inf...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 29, 2003

Club Hotel Eilat
P.O. Box 4444
Eilat, Israel
(08) 636-1666

The Unplugged Bar

Attraction

The Unplugged Bar Photo, Eilat, Israel
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The Unplugged attracts a young and rowdy crowd. It sits in the front of the New Tourist Center (directly across from the beach and the Hayam Mall) in the center of town and next to another perennial Eilat watering hole - the Underground. Unplugged features 2 main areas: A bar that is actually inside the building and an covered area across the sidewalk which features picnic tables, plastic enclosing, and heaters in Winter. There is nothing pretentious about the bar - the focus is on cheap drinks and pub food. Happy hour lasts until 11pm and offers Draft Beers for 7NIS and cocktails for 10NIS. These are served with complimentary popcorn ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 30, 2003

The Unplugged Bar
New Tourist Center
Eilat, Israel
(972) 76325776

Coralworld

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The Underwater Observatory Park is actually an amalgam of sites directly on the Red Sea and you can easily spend a full day there. The most noticeable is a large observatory that goes below water and allows you to observe life on a created coral reef. You can also climb up the tower of the observatory and see Jordan and Egypt and eat lunch there. The park also has a shark tank and several aquarium exhibits, as well as revolving exhibitions. These are mostly standard and in-line with what you would see at any good aquarium. Additionally, the park offers a chance to ride in a *real* submarine (the Yellow Submarine) out to a reef wall. DO IT!...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 29, 2003

Coralworld
Near the Orchid Hotel
Eilat, Israel

Mall Hayam

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This is the best mall in Eilat, hands down! It features a variety of boutique shops and specialty merchandisers, as well as a food court and a movie theatre. It is an enclosed mall, so it's the perfect escape should it happen to rain in the desert or if it is unbearably hot outside. Security getting into the mall is a bit tight, so don't be surprised when you are asked to step through a metal detector and open your bag. It's for your protection! Mall Hayam is located directly across from the New Tourist Center and is midway between the North Beach and South Beach areas. It is multi-level, with the food court and cinema on the top le...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 6, 2003

Mall Hayam
Sea Side Promenade (by airport)
Eilat, Israel

Pharoah's Island

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Pharoah's Island Photo, Eilat, Israel
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The historic fortress of Saladin known as Pharoah's Island is located just off the shore of Taba, Egypt. It is known as Gezirat Pharaon in Arabic. The island can be seen from the 3 cities of Taba, Eilat, and Aqaba and features an impressive military structure with fortified walls. The island itself is quite small and can easily be toured as part of a day trip. There are snorkelling trips out of Eilat that will take you to the reef for snorkeling, out to Pharoah's Island for lunch and a tour. Be aware, however, that the influx of tourism has largely destroyed the reefs immediately surrounding the island. You will see fish life...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 26, 2003

Pharoah's Island
Just South of Taba
Eilat, Israel

Princess Hotel & Beach

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Attraction | "Princess Beach"

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Eilat sits along the northern coast of the Red Sea and are wedged in between the Jordanian and Egyptian border. Into this small spit of land are crammed numerous 5-star hotels, restaurants, an airport and a humming international port. The result is that Eilat's beaches leave much to be desired and are often over-crowded. This is especially true of the Northern Beaches which sit close to the center of town and get the most traffic. Assuming, like many tourists, you have secured accomodation in one of the less expensive hotels (or hostels) off the beach, you will need to find a place to lay down your towel to enjoy the #1 attraction of Eilat - the water. I highly recommend the Southern beache...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 9, 2003

Princess Hotel & Beach
Gulf of Eliot
Eilat, Israel
972-8-6365555

Yotvata Photo, Eilat, Israel
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Yotvata is a kibbutz (communal living community) about 30 minutes north of Eilat. It sits on an oasis and is the last pit-stop in the desert before coming to the Red Sea. There is a small rest facility, a round-about and a gas station. It look like any other Negev outpost. However, hidden behind the tall fences leading to Kibbutz Yotvata is a very special secret--the key to the best chocolate milk in the world. Some of you may scoff at my assertions. That's okay. My husband, a chocolate milk fiend, did as well. Once he tried Yotvata chocolate milk, he quickly changed his tune. Unfortunately, there are no tours of the dairy availabl...Read More

Crossing the Border

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So, you want to go to Egypt? While you can take an organized tour from Israel, it is far cheaper to travel on your own and you get the benefit of doing what you want on your own schedule. The easiest (and cheapest and way to get from Israel to Egypt is using the Taba border crossing. It's also the only way to get there by land. There was a border crossing near Gaza in the past, but due to tensions it's closed. Besides, you really don't want to go near Gaza. Trust me. The border crossing at Taba is a fairly low-key affair, as Middle East border crossings go. You'll want to take a taxi from Eilat to the border, or you can take Public Bus #16. A taxi will run you in the neighborhood of 30 shekels ...Read More