Israel’s boating scene has impressed me, and with summer almost gone, I am going to miss a lot of boating spots. I know that the sun shines for most of the year, so I will be back on the water again soon, but for me, the summer months have always been about the water.
And I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I moved to Israel.
I knew there was a boating scene, but I didn’t realize how big boating was out here. The experience has left a lasting impression on me, and the spots I liked best were:
Eilat is an amazing place to kayak, rent a motorboat or sail around, but that’s not unique to Eilat. You can enjoy most of these activities in other waters, but what really makes Eilat shine is the exotic fish and corals that are under the water.
It’s a true oasis, and the glass-bottom boats are the perfect choice for a day out on the water.
You can talk to the boat gas engineer or captain to learn how the boat works, and it’s definitely a great option for anyone that hasn’t been on the Eilat waters yet. But, if you’re even more adventurous, you can take a submarine under water and get an up-close view of the fish and corals.
I’ve never been in a grotto before, but I have been to one now. Rosh Hanikra is an obvious tourist hotspot, and there’s so much to do in the area. I was interested in the grottoes, and they blew me away.
You’ll be on the Lebanon border, but you’ll have one of the best views of the Mediterranean that you’ll ever see.
You need to go with a guide. I didn’t mind this because it’s a trek leaving from Betzet Beach. I enjoyed the orientation and training, and the group I was with was very diverse. We had people of all ages on the boat.
I had no idea that gondola rides existed in Israel, but they do. The Park Ra’anana is breathtaking, and you’ll also find a solar-powered cruise boat that cruises around the artificial lake. It’s a beautiful, scenic adventure, and one that I definitely recommend couples go on.
Friendship Park is right here, too, so it’s a great place for a picnic and a ride on the lake.
4. Jordan River
The Jordan River is a lot of fun. There’s rafting available, and it’s about 10 minutes from Rosh Pina. Kayaking is also available, and you’ll pass through beautiful groves on your journey. What I really enjoyed was that the kids could come along as long as they were 5 or older.
Rafts come in all sizes, too.
Kayaks are the recommended option for groups of two because it allows you to have an intimate, fun time kayaking through the Jordan River.
There are so many other fun spots to enjoy on the water. Israel is a diverse location for anyone, like myself, that can’t get enough of the water.