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‘Where else?’ That’s right, ‘WHERE ELSE‘ is an Israel Tourism Conference organized each year by Ortra that helps travel agents from around the world learn about everything Israel has to offer. I had the opportunity to be a part of this amazing journey, and it was well worth it!!

As part of the group that did the Southern circuit of Israel, I visited Tel Aviv, the Dead Sea, Eilat and Jerusalem over a period of 7 days. Eilat, at the Southern-most tip of Israel is a different experience from the rest of Israel, which is more religious and historic. Eilat on the other hand is the place where people come for rest and relaxation.

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Stars on the Water at Eilat

Eilat Dolphin Reef

I have been to Eilat before, but I enjoyed this time even more. We visited the Eilat Dolphin Reef, a major tourist attraction and infamous the Ice Mall.  At the Dolphin Reef, I experienced the restfulness of the relaxation pools, where one is pampered by calming underwater music while floating and assisted by the water team people. They catered to the guests by giving you lavish massages. (Each of the 3 pools has a different soothing music theme.)

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Eilat Dolphin Reef

Above the relaxation pools was a VIP area where one can lounge around and taste the variety of meals and drinks.

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Cat at Dolphin Reef
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Another cat at the Dolphin Reef

There were also a few cats and peacocks hanging around, that gave you a sense of being closer to nature.

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Peacock at the Eilat Dolphin Reef

There was a splendid view of Aqaba (Jordan) in the distance, especially beautiful from the upper levels.

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Aqaba, Jordan in the distance

Later in the day, we had a chance to interact with the dolphins staying at the reef.

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Dolphins living at the Reef

These dolphins have the freedom to come and go as they please, and to interact with humans too.

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Dolphin

The dolphins also help children with learning disabilities. It was a fun and educating experience!

Eilat Ice Park and Mall

That evening we visited the Ice Park and Mall – the only mall in the world with an ice skating rink, another great experience. (Although considering the brands there, it was more a place for the rich and famous…)

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Inside Eilat Ice Park and Mall

We watched a lovely skating and saxophone performance, after which we had time at leisure to shop. Well, more so window shopping for me, couldn’t afford it!  😉 But for those who could, it was a VAT free experience. Hmm!

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Eilat Ice Mall – Saxophone Performance

After returning to my room at the luxurious Hilton Eilat later that evening, I was treated to an amazing view of the sunset over the reef. Beautiful!

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Sunset from the Hilton

After a good night’s rest, the next morning we headed to the airport for our flight to Jerusalem, the Eternal city, but more about that later…

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18 thoughts on “Naturally Eilat – Visiting the southern-most tip of lsrael

  1. I saw Eilat from the Jordan side. I saw the view from Aqaba side. I was in Jordan in May, 2016 and I was craving to cross the border. I could see Israel from so many places. That didn’t happen. Never mind, after seeing your blog, now I know whta Eilat is all about.

  2. This seems to be a lesser know destination of Israel to me. I like such places tucked away at corners but capable of satisfying a traveler and tourist both.
    Dolphins are such pleasing creatures, love the friendliness captured in these pics. Last time I interacted with one was in Singapore.

    1. Yeah, most people believe Israel is only about religious and historical sites, but there is a whole lot more to see. They have a lot to offer.

    1. There is a lot to Israel that people don’t know about. Did you know you can also go skiing in the north ? It is an amazing country, a lot of diversity.

  3. It’s good to read about a different place in Israel, I’ve never heard of Eilat on the southern tip. The dolphin reef looks fantastic, I wouldn’t have imagined there were dolphins in Israel. Jordan looks so close in your image, incredible, you could swim there!

  4. I’m ashamed to admit that I knew NONE of these things were in Israel until your post. I hadn’t even heard of Eilat. I mean a dolphin reef? A mall with a skating rink? This definitely seems like a place I will add to my bucket list for the future!

  5. I am always very wary of animal based attractions so it’s great to see a place where the dolphins come and go as they please but actually want to interact with humans rather than being forced. it looks like a fantastic experience! The views out towards Jordan are beautiful! If I head to Israel at any point, I will make sure to add this to my itinerary!

  6. At first I was impressed by the beaches and dolphins you experienced. But then an ice park! I had no idea that Eilat had an ice park in the mall. Whilst it does look interesting, the beaches and dolphins would be the highlight of the trip for me!

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