Coral Beach Nature Reserve
Coral Beach Nature Reserve
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 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, Israel31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 29 May 2021
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Mark H
Ra'anana, Israel35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 18 December 2020
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Gidons51
Herzliya, Israel4,746 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 21 March 2021
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realtangobabe
NEW ZEALAND71 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We only had a day and a half in Eliat and wanted to go to the best snorkelling spots. All the review on Trip Advisor and other websites were quite dated so we weren’t sure what to expect. On our half day which was first we went to Migdalor Beach which we loved (you can read our review) as based on the write ups we thought we should spend more time at Coral Beach Nature Reserve. But that was a mistake. First thing to note we were there in September and it was quite windy and there was a strong current. So if you are snorkelling with children then Coral Beach Nature Reserve is probably a good choice as there are ropes everywhere preventing you from going near the coral and you can hold onto them so you can pull yourself back against the current if you need to.

You won’t see a lot of fish or much coral as there are too many people and all the coral is roped off but there are some roped off shallow areas which smaller children will like. In theory there are two jettys which you can use to begin your snorkel from but one appears to be permanently broken. Which means you have to swim back against the current.

If you are a keen snorkeller don’t use the jetty it’s overcrowded with people with kids and you won’t see anything. Instead turn right at the entrance and go to the very end of the beach. There is an entry from the beach and far fewer people use it so it’s much more peaceful. There isn’t much coral to see most of the reef is roped off so you are just swimming along the side. There weren’t many fish compared to Migalador beach. So for the entrance fee I wouldn’t recommend this beach unless you have never seen coral before. On the plus side there was plenty of shade and free chairs.

You can’t pay cash to go on the local buses which is annoying. A taxi from the Eliat museum cost us 40 shekels and it was easy to flag one down on the way back.
Written 23 September 2023
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Nadav S
Thursday Island, Australia35 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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 18 February 2020
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Bernief
59 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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 8 January 2020
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clevafatboy
Coventry, UK14 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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 30 April 2020
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Lancellot
London, UK107 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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 8 July 2020
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Gennady
36 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Last visit showed us a disappointment from facility.
This site has 2 traps to access snorkeling area and start water trip.
However about 4 years ago 1 of the 2 traps damaged by storm and since then the site management not invests nothing to repair it.
What is big issue when you expect to enjoy full facility, but 50% of it now allowed.
Untill this won't be repaired, i'll think twice before Be aware! bringing my family here again
Written 29 April 2024
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Victor K
Hong Kong, China567 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Charges ILS35 for entry or free if you have valid Israel Pass. Changing facilities with a few shower. It has a very wide area of sizeable coral heads but it was basically not allowed to snorkel over them. Still can enjoy sighting of many corals and fishes. The entry/exit platform was very nice.
Written 9 October 2022
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