The City of Aqaba is Eliat's Larger Cousin as the city is larger and has a bigger population as the City of Aqaba is Jordan's Only Outlet to the Sea. There is a border crossing from Eliat to Jordan called the Araba Crossing (one of the only three crossings from Jordan to Israel and Vice Versa). Both Eliat and Aqaba have the same market for tourists who want to to beach activities, red sea cruise and also snorkelling as both of these town are located in the Same area. Aqaba has more luxury hotels in the beaches and near the beaches than in Eliat.
Althoug Eliat and Aqaba are popular reosrt towns at the start of the Gulf of Aqaba, the beaches and coral reefs and the views are more spectacular in the South Sinai Egyptian Side as the Egyptian part is Named the Egyptian Rivera and the beaches and diving areas of Nuweiba, Dahab and Sharm Al Shiekh are more breathtaking. You can cross the border into the Taba Crossing into Egypt via the Taba Crossing Point on foot, after clearing Israeli Immigration, you will walk about 500 meters to the Taba Immigration Post in the Egyptian Side and then walk another 300 meters to the large Bus and Taxi Station where your tour bus (or renting a taxi if on your own) will then shuttle you to your destinations in the South Sinai.
Eliat is one of the 4 major towns lining the Gulf of Aqaba part of the Red Sea (as the Red Sea is actually like a fork tongue, with the larger part, also known as the Gulf of Suez, going to the Suez Canal and the smaller Gulf of Aqaba Part, facing the South Sinai in Egypt, Arava Valley in Israel and Jordan and Tabuk Province in Saudi Arabia. The major Towns here are famous tourist towns and many of the tourists go on a Red Sea Cruise too, besides the snorkelling and beaches.
according to wikipedia:
The Gulf is located to the east of the Sinai Peninsula and west of the Arabian mainland. This and the Gulf of Suez are the two gulfs extending from the northern portion of the Red Sea; the Gulf of Aqaba is east of the Gulf of Suez. Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia all have coastlines on the Gulf. It reaches a maximum depth of 1,850 m in its central area (the Gulf of Suez is significantly wider but less than 100 m deep).
The Gulf of Aqaba measures 24 kilometres (15 mi) at its widest point and stretches some 160 kilometres (99 mi) north from the Straits of Tiran to a point where the border of Israel meets the borders of Egypt and Jordan. The Gulf of Aqaba, like the coastal waters of the Red Sea, is one of the world's premier sites for diving. The area is especially rich in coral and other marine biodiversity and contains a number of underwater wrecks, some accidental shipwrecks, others vessels deliberately sunk in an effort to provide a habitat for marine organisms and bolster the local dive tourism industry.
Eliat is located at the southern end of the huge Negev Desert. the Negev Desert comprises roughly half the land mass of Israel and it starts just at the middle part of the Dead Sea and ends here at Eliat and then the desert becomes the Sinai peninsula in Egpyt. The Part of the Negev Desert in Eliat is the driest as it recieves the lowest rainfall in Israel that is why eliat is the resort capital of Israel.
according to wikipedia:
The Negev covers more than half of Israel, over some 13,000 km² (4,700 sq mi) or at least 55% of the country's land area. It forms an inverted triangle shape whose western side is contiguous with the desert of the Sinai Peninsula, and whose eastern border is the Arabah valley. The Negev has a number of interesting cultural and geological features. Among the latter are three enormous, craterlike makhteshim (box canyons), which are unique to the region; Makhtesh Ramon, Makhtesh Gadol, and Makhtesh Katan.
The Negev is a rocky desert. It is a melange of brown, rocky, dusty mountains interrupted by wadis (dry riverbeds that bloom briefly after rain) and deep craters. It can be split into five different ecological regions: northern, western, and central Negev, the high plateau and the Arabah Valley. The northern Negev, or Mediterranean zone, receives 300 mm of rain annually and has fairly fertile soils. The western Negev receives 250 mm of rain per year, with light and partially sandy soils. Sand dunes can reach heights of up to 30 metres here. Home to the city of Beersheba, the central Negev has an annual precipitation of 200 mm and is characterized by impervious soil, known as loess, allowing minimum penetration of water with greater soil erosion and water runoff. The high plateau area of Ramat HaNegev (Hebrew: øîú äðâáý, The Negev Heights) stands between 370 metres and 520 metres above sea level with extreme temperatures in summer and winter. The area gets 100 mm of rain per year, with inferior and partially salty soils. The Arabah Valley along the Jordanian border stretches 180 km from Eilat in the south to the tip of the Dead Sea in the north. The Arabah Valley is very arid with barely 50 mm of rain annually. It has inferior soils in which little can grow without irrigation and special soil additives.
It is an evening show at 8:30.
Admision for kids 4 and above.
It is an amazing show. The acrobats are amazing.
The show is funny and entertaining.
I've said WOW a couple of times because it's really WOW.
I highly recommend going to the show ...
We stayed Eilat for 2 nights, and we bought a day trip to Petra. it was a long day, we started at 7am, and came back Eilat hotel around 8pm. and because we only had one whole day in Eilat, we decided to buy the tour from a tour company, even it is pretty expensive, aroung $300 pp, instead of doing the whole thing: going Petra in Jordan from Eilat in Isarel, and back to Eilat at the same day ourselve. there is borders crossing, then taking either bus or taxi on Jordan side for about 2 hr ride to Petra, and then coming back from Petra for 2 hr bus or taxi ride to cross borders again before they close.
but since we came a long way to that part of the world, the trip is totally worth it.
IMAX is a great cinematic experience with 8-story-high screen, 12,000-watt sound system , huge building, huge screen, three dimensional quality, sharpness and intensity. A very nice experience and memorable for the whole family.The I-MAX presents virtual amusement park, , deep-sea divers and fish and sharks, or cruising in space.
If you are in Eilat, take the evening off and go visit.
By visiting the I-Max you can also get a free enter to a small wax museum.
Our friend Patrick is an avid "birder" so when we traveled to Eilat, the Birding Research Center was a must visit. We found the park filled with birds of all sorts, but NOT A SINGLE PERSON....
So we enjoyed wandering the park and taking a few photos all by ourselves. I guess the Jordanian Border Station that you can see in the photo was taking care of us and providing us with protection from any predator birds there.
The huge ponds of the Center also provide refuge for the millions of birds who migrate between Africa and Europe along the Syrian-African rift valley.
You will find two parks in Eilat where you can have a rest from the beach and sea: the Central Park with sculpture compositions and the Ophira Park. There is an IMAX Theatre and Opera.
You can watch my 3 min 02 sec HD Video Eilat Beaches and Promenades part 7 out of my Youtube channel.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Eilat on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 29° 33' 10.47" N 34° 57' 8.96" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Central Park, Sculpture Garden,
While strolling along the southern shore of the Gulf you will see a model of the ship with such an inscription:
“In May 1967 Gamal Abdoul Nsser Egyptian President announced the closure of straits of Tiran to Israel shipping. On June 5 1967 the Six day War broke out and the S.S. Dolphin which was purchased in East Africa was manned by a crew and received order to break through boycott. The S.S. Dolphin was the first vessel to cross the liberated straits of Tiran and to reach the port of Eilat.”
You will find it in the Southern part of Eilat close to the cargo port.
This theme park is devoted to king Solomon (Shlomo). There are four paths:
1) So-called 4D cinema offers a short animated movie on the ancient Egypt thematic. They try to affect your "forth dimension" by blowing (when, say, a bird comes over in the movie), splashing water, and even touching your legs (when a camera moves through myriads of scorpions!!!). Needless to mention that your chair is trembling and jumping.
2) The Word of Illusion. From geometrical illusions to a mirror labyrinth (on the photo)
3) Bible caves.
4) King Solomon waterfalls
Adult ticket costs 118 NIS.
THE PEACE CAFE
This was and maybe( If it still exists) a place
legends are built of. I arrived in Eilat after working
the previous 2 years on 2 different kibbutzim
located in various parts of Israel.
The city is a tourist resort, and brash hotel developments
were mushrooming up along the beach front - the city,
perched between the red rock mountains of
Negev desert and the azure depths of the Red Sea,
was experiencing a construction boom with charter flights
direct from Europe.
I had bundled up more than a month of free time
from my Kibbutz called Nativ Halamed Hei working
in the 'Refet' (cowsheds) as a milker, and needed
to experiance some working life out of the 'Social
experiment' of kibbutzim. I heard there was work to be
had in the hotels and at the port. I found the Peace Cafe
and a gathering of a stange motley crew of a mixture of
Hippy like Israelis, English, Aussies, Kiwis,
a South African, a Rhodesian,
Japanese, Irish,Russian, Swiss and Beduin.
But mind you not all at the same time....
CONTINUED IN NEXT TIP
Well I found an Israeli who rented a room
empty of furniture to me with just a matress on
the floor. I even considered on renting several other rooms
to travels in need of a cheap place to crash.
Alas, backpackers either had money to spend on a hotel
or they chose to just sleep outside in one of the parks or
on the beach. That was dangereous as there had been
some muggings and even a few murders in the past 2 years of
tourists choosing to sleep rough.
My first job I got was working at the Shulamit Hotel as a dish
washer. I think the salary was about ten or 15 English pounds for
an eight or ten hour day with some meals thrown in.Can't remember
exactly as it was 30 years ago now.Most of the European and Western
crowd worked in the port doing really heavy manual labour in the
port or on construction sites, some lucky ones got jobs for longer
periods on oil rigs on the other side of Israel off Ashkelon or
in the Sinia. Most of my co-workers were palestinian and listened to
Arabic music in our breaks. I found it strange being surrounded by
so many Palestinians but not at all threatened. I guess most
Israelis in this time down in the Sinia were hippies and for peace,
but not so much for work. Most Israelis who had just dropped out of
mainstrean society and wore beduin clothes and lived in primitive
shacks and some lived in stone houses had been either working
as kibbutnik for years or from the big cities like Tel-Aviv and its
suburbs, Ramat Gan, Herzalia, and a bunch of other places.
WILL CONTINUE SOON ABOUT THE PEACE CAFE:::
The King's city or in Hebrew - Ir Ha'melachim is a new attraction in Eilat.
A big park with the bible stories that everyone will enjoy and find something to do.
The main attractions are :
* A 4 dimensions presentation over big screens about the Pharaoh's time in Egypt
* The wisdom and illusions cave with many mirrors , caves and intelectual tests
* The Bible cave with famous scenes from the bible
* King solomon's waterfalls , a cruise in a boat around the area (can be wet)
A ticket will cost and adult 120 nis and a kid (4-13) 100 nis.
The IMAX-3D experience in Eilat is located very close to the airport and you just can't miss the location.
Inside the big blue pyramid you will find 300 seats to enjoy the IMAX movies.
A ticket will cost something like 80 nis for an adult and 70 nis for a child.
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