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Water Sports

Fishing, sailing, swimming, surfing, water skiing and yachting are all available in Israel. There are marinas in Eilat, Akko, Jaffa and Tel Aviv, and all the big hotels have swimming pools. S

Skindiving and aqualung diving are particularly popular in Eilat on the Red Sea coast with a brilliant underwater observatory descending to the floor of the coral reef near the town. Eilat is a predominantly good destination for winter sun for visitors from Western Europe.

Please note that the Red Sea coastline has been designated a preservation area and any tourists found with souvenirs such as coral will endure severe fines from both the Israeli and Egyptian authorities.


At Mount Hermon, which is on the northern border, there is a full skiing season. Among yearly sports events are the Tel Aviv Marathon and the Kinereth Swimming Gala. Basketball and football are popular and many hotels have tennis courts.

There is a top quality 18 hole golf course at Caesarea. Horseriding is available throughout Israel, there is also the opportunity to take camel rides, please contact the Israel Government Tourist Office for further details.

Cycling is additionally popular. There are brilliant facilities at kibbutz sportsgrounds and in cities. The Israel Government Tourist Office (please see Contacts section) can provide further information.