Trip to Aqaba
Eilat is very close to the Jordanian city of Aqaba, so when you are in Eilat you can have some great views of Aqaba and if you have spare time you can visit it, even if it just for a few hours. From Eilat you can also pass the border to Jordan and visit beautiful Petra where there is amazing engraving in the huge rocks. One of the ways to get to Aqaba is to take a boat and have a short visit.
There is winter in Eilat
During the winter months you will need a light jacket, pants and sometimes even an umbrella. During summer, you will need your lightest clothes because it gets very hot in Eilat. Don't forget suntan lotion for the summer.
Airodium - learning to fly - DOING IT
YEP, thats me, the biggest bird in Eilat, it is such an exhillirating feeling to be floating there in the air with no motor or plane "strapped" to your back, just you and your funny suit...
They accomplish this by use of an enormous fan under you..that huge donut shaped yellow pad that you see is to save you from your blunders and in the center where the instructor is standing is a large grid through which the fan blows...they control the speed and strength according to your body weight. As you become better they increase the speed and you fly higher...many of the very good "fliers" rise up above the surrounding walls and you can see from outside the building suddenly a body "floating" overhead....
sardines on the beach
...who doesn't like the beach life???sun, surf, snorkelling, scuba diving in the red sea??Nice cold beer to top off the day's activities??...However, Eilat, like most tourist areas in and around the world, has all of the above to offer, and more!!!BUT - if you are looking for a secluded beach, with next to nil inhabitants, you will be sorely mistaken..Eilat in the height of summer is a high priority destination for Israelis themselves, and other wanderers from around the globe..you can literally ask your fellow beach neighbour to rub sunscreen on your body, whilst trading cigarettes, and fumbling for lighters...this is one of many sights you will be able to experience, while trying to hide behind your latest copy of your favourite author..you can always expect a beach 'waitress' to ask you whether or not you would like a refreshing beer/ice slurpy, but be warned, if tempted to go to the bathroom after downing a few, padlock your sunchair to your kind neighbour and profusely explain through broken hebrew, 'i need to go to the bathroom', 'it is your fault if my chair has been taken through my absence!!!'..but do not expect him/her to care if you are going to meet the queen, Israeli's simply go to the beach to partake in the many available watersports, have a quiet beer with maybe a token 'shakta', with an added game of 'shesbesh'..(backgammon)..they are not there to accomodate a lost tourist, or play 'security guard' over a plot of sand space..They will merely use this as an oppurtunity, to take precious 'centimetres' of sand space you had graciously fought for, two hours previously..so, smile, have fun...and enjoy the life...Israelis have many beautiful people to look at, and are a very boisterous culture, so if you don't mind listening to other people talk about their latest aquisition, or don't mind the whiff of mother natures many herbal products...go to eilat in israel..your beach sardine in a can!!!
Birding & Research Center in Eilat
Just by the outskirts of the city near by the Jordan border crossing there is unique birding center. At this places which is a tiny reservation you can see waterbirds, song birds and some birds of prey, depends on the season of course. Try to get as early as possible in the morning for this, I went there early and only afterwards I returned to my hotel for breakfast.