Yes, Israel’s landmass consists of more than fifty percent desert, but it does have its coastline which does provide locals and tourists to enjoy the beach and watersport related activities almost year-round. In fact, Israel is home to some of the most qualified divers in the world and is home to some of the best diving spots in the surrounding area. In this article we will discuss some of the top beach and watersport locations in Israel, and what you can do at each location.
The Sea of Galilee
With its freshwaters, the Sea of Galilee is a great spot for you to enjoy motorboating activities. This is also a very good location to enjoy jet skiing. While you are visiting the Sea of Galilee, you can also visit the Jordan River, which is a great spot for kayaking, tubing or water rafting activities. You will also have the opportunity for sightseeing at the waterfalls and natural pools, so be sure to take your time and thoroughly explore the surrounding area and natural beauty.
The Dead Sea
When you are visiting the Dead Sea you will notice a completely different atmosphere. This is just not the right place for you to partake in extreme water sports, the water is too salty, containing 21 different types of minerals and thirty-five percent of minerals per liter. However, it is a very popular spot for paddle boarding activities. Fortunately, there are other activities you can enjoy while at the Dead Sea. For example, you can do a tour of the Dead Sea in the winter, which will allow you to explore places that you cannot reach on foot or by car.
The Red Sea
Eliat, home to the Red Sea, is another go-to spot for watersports, especially water diving. There are numerous dive centers located throughout this city. Fortunately, they are available to both experienced and beginner divers. Kitesurfing and inflatable paddle board-related activities are also very popular. It is also a great place to view marine life, and the nearby mountains serve as the perfect beautiful backdrop for your water adventure.
The Mediterranean Sea
If you enjoy diving and fairly experienced, Caesarea’s National Park has an underwater museum that you can dive through. Caesarea is located along the Mediterranean Coast between Haifa and Tel Aviv. Michmoret is also along the Mediterranean Sea, which is a hub for boarding and surfing. You will also find a variety of beaches here. On the beaches, you can enjoy volleyball, Yonex badminton, and frisbee throwing. This is also a great spot for boating if you’re looking for something a little more relaxing.
Tel Aviv is an obvious destination for watersports because watersports is a part of the lifestyle in this city. The Topsea Surfing Center located in Tel Aviv is a good place for both beginners and experienced surfers to receive lessons. You can even rent equipment here, too, if you’re not interested in receiving lessons.
In conclusion, there are many watersport locations and attractions you can enjoy in Israel, despite the desert climate that predominates the country. From diving, paddle boarding, beach badminton, to snorkeling, there are a wide variety of activities you can enjoy in Israel’s waterways.