Coral Beach Nature Reserve

Coral Beach Nature Reserve, Eilat: Hours, Address, Coral Beach Nature Reserve Reviews: 4.5/5

Coral Beach Nature Reserve
4.5
Reefs • Nature & Wildlife Areas
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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With more than 100 types of stony coral and 650 species of fish, this coral reef is an excellent spot for underwater enthusiasts.
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Eilat, Israel32 contributions
May 2021 • Family
Eilat has many beaches, something for almost everyone. We choose the Coral Beach Nature Reserve. Even though a small entrance fee is required.

Reservations are recommended - especially at the busiest times of year and holidays.

The park is clean and well maintained. There are nice bathroom and dressing rooms with warm water showers. There is a snack bar with drinks and some food items. And you can bring in food and drink. There is also, a gift shop with a good selection of beach items.

Quality plastic chairs are included in the admission cost, so you don't have to schlep your own. Lounges are abvilable but cost extra.

Snorkeling is the big attraction here. Equipment can be rented if you do not have your own. Entry into the open water is easy (and painless) via a long jetty over the reef.

There is plenty of covered seating area and there are small, family friendly swimming areas roped off - full of big and colorful fishes.

The coral in this part of the world is unfortunatety dying off, but still provides habitat for lots of marine life. The waters are an unreal azure blue. The views of Aqaba, Jordan and the Red Mountains are spectacular and the colorfl kite surfers next door provide plenty of excitement.

Written May 29, 2021
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Mark H
Ra'anana, Israel36 contributions
Dec 2020 • Family
We went to the coral beach with three teenagers . We had pre booked due to COVID 19 restrictions. The staff were friendly but the information was not accurate enough . Our three teenagers had never used goggles and snorkels . We rented goggles, snorkels and flippers and then went out on the main pier . The boys and my wife didn’t manage . An experienced snorkeler came out the water and suggested we walk left to the end of the beach and then go into the snorkeling lane with the current and then exit via the main pier . This suggestion changed the entire experience. The coral from the beach to the pier is better preserved and the inexperienced teenagers could easily enjoy the experience and see a lot without fighting the current . Unfortunately the second pier is damaged . I did the route from the main pier all the way to the end . The coral was massively damaged a few years ago and is only partially recovered.
The experience doesn’t come close to my last experience snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia . Snorkeling and coral enthusiasts will be disappointed. Even though the coral is damage and there is still a lot to see . Our boys were introduced to snorkeling and coral for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I highly recommend this activity . Young kids who are not good swimmers should take life jackets .
Written December 18, 2020
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Gidons51
Herzliya, Israel4,224 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
This natural reserve , world known for its corals and variety of colored fish. Snorkeling here is just a breathtaking experience. All facilities like deck chairs, big shade umbrellas, kiosk, shop , lavatories, rental of snorkeling equipment. A must visit ! Admission 11 USDLRS per person , half price for children and seniors.
Written March 21, 2021
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Nadav S
Thursday Island, Australia35 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
The clised nature reserve is not the best reef to visit, but the only one you have to pay to get in. And it is not set as very welcoming, especially considering the entry fee.
You may want to consider the beaches further south, such as the caves, or even north of the southern piers of the old princess hotel.
And, if you are a strong swimmer, snorkeler,. You can swim from the north of the reserve all along the coral reef, and back.this way you avoid high entry fee and enjoy better service on the beach
Written February 18, 2020
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Bernief
21 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
The snorkeling was not bad but I’ve seen much better. The area to swim was restricted but still long enough to see a fair amount of fish. It was better earlier before too many people arrived.
The staff we dealt with was rude, very unpleasant in answering basic questions, maybe she was having bad day. Of the 3 staff we interacted with, only one was pleasant. High cost to rent snorkel equipment.
If I returned to area, I would look for other options, at least check out diving store across street for rentals. Their staff need training on proper customer service.
Written January 8, 2020
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clevafatboy
Coventry, UK11 contributions
Dec 2019
I am a keen snorkeler, and had looked forward to visiting Eilat for a long time, having been south of the border in various Egyptian resorts many times. I have also snorkeled/scuba dived in lots of places around the world, but none can better the Red Sea for an easy, close to shore experience. So it was an enormous disappointment when I paid to get into Coral Beach, only to find that the reef was actually cordoned off with a string of floating buoys, so you had to swim maybe 5 - 10 meters away from it. I didn't even bother getting in the water! To be fair, somebody who hasn't snorkeled before might have loved it because they didn't know any better, but I would recommend Taba Heights, Sharm El Sheik and Hurghada for a much better dip in the Red Sea.
Written April 30, 2020
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Lancellot
London, UK109 contributions
Jul 2020
I visited in July 2020 and you need to be aware that half of the snorkelling trail is cordoned off as a bridge out to the coral reef is broken. There is extremely limited snorkelling and access to the impressive Moses Rock is not practical. Due to COVID, you also need to book in advance on the National Park website.

It is still a great place with great facilities.
Written July 8, 2020
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Juho Ä
Espoo, Finland242 contributions
Mar 2020
Never had the chance to snorkel close to corals and this place offered great opportunity to do just that. A vast beach with lots of restrictions in where to swim. Then again it's a nature reserve and you should respect it. Few shops also around where you can but some refreshments. Remember to take a stamp if you go outside the area so you can re-enter later!
Written March 11, 2020
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Elana B
11 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Good place for snorkeling, but corals are not so close as in Migdalor beach, which is free of charge.
But coral beach is secure place with the bey watch.
Would be great if the entrance price would include sun beds as well.
Written February 9, 2020
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Irina P
24 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Lovely day out, be warned it’s hot so have a hat snd sun protection. Lots to see, shame that talks on the yellow submarine are not in English but everywhere there are signs in all languages.
Very friendly staff in restaurants snd shops. But on gâte a bit short but it’s not to bad!
Thank you Alon from South Africa for a friendly chat.
Written July 25, 2021
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