One of the striking natural phenomena in the Ha-Bonim Beach Nature Reserve is the abrasion platforms: smooth, flat rocky plates in the interface between the sea and the rocky coast.
These platforms once were hills of kurkar rock on the waterfront, and got abraded over the years by the waves, until they became leveled down and flat.
A few of the abrasion plates form "islands" near the shore.
The view of the waves endlessly covering and uncovering these rocky plates is beautiful.
Along the trail in the Habonim Beach nature reserve you will enter an ancient quarry, which supplied "kurkar" stone (an amalgamation of sandstone and seashells) to the neighboring villages.
The rock was taken out in an ingenious way: dry wooden planks were hammered into the rock, then they used to wet it with water, causing the wood to expand and push the kurkar rock apart.
Israel's coastline is generally straight, without many bays or coves. The exception is Ha-Bonim Beach, where the eolianite rocks ("kurkar" in Hebrew and Arabic) have created an indented, rugged coastline. Its declaration as a nature reserve will hopefully guarantee that it survives in its beautiful, pristine form. The reserve includes a 4.5 km long stretch of coastline, from Tel Dor in the south to Moshav Ha-Bonim village in the north.
From the parking lot take the trail marked in red and white. It can be done either as a circular route, 2 km long, or as a longer north-south trail of 4.5 km.
The trail first climbs the rocks overlooking the coast, and goes in and out of the little coves. It will take you to a little inlet with multiple layers of seashells, interestingly shaped kurkar rocks jutting into the sea, smooth abrasion plates washed by the waves, and more. Along the route you will encounter the characteristic flora, which changes dramatically as you move inland from the coastline swept by the salty wind.
About 1.5km south of the parking lot you can choose your trail: either do the circular route, taking the green-and-white marked trail back to the parking lot, or (as we did) continue south along the red-and-white marked trail. After a short distance you will get to an old kurkar quarry, which has left an array of cuboid kurkar blocks showing off all their layers of rock. The secluded bit of coastline near the quarry is especially beautiful.
Towards sunset you will enjoy the prettiest sea views, in pink, orange and blue colors.
Please note that the nature reserves's coves are not swimming beaches, and swimming in the reserve is forbidden. The Dor swimming beach is not far away.