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About scuba diving in Israel

Israel, officially the State of Israel, is a country in Western Asia, situated on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It borders with Lebanon in the north, Syria and Jordan in the east, and Egypt on the southwest, and contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area. Israel also has a plethora of museums, interpretive centers and reserves. Israel’s main international airport is Ben-Gurion International Airport (TLV) in Tel Aviv. A second international airport, used mostly by charter flights, is located at Ovda (VDA) and serves the south of the country, predominantly, Eilat. Scuba diving in Israel should not be missed because of its variety of coral and marine life. We can recommend fantastic diving in Israel. Some popular diving destinations include Eilat, Tel Aviv, Nahariya and Haifa. The best dive sites are Satil Wreck, Yatush Wreck, Eel Garden, The Caves, Coral Beach Reserve, Gordon Caves, Bird Head Canyon, The Amazing Sea Wolf, Dolphin Reef as well as many others. While on the dive tourists can spot turtles, rays, clown fish, butterfly fish, parrot fish, lion fish, scorpion fish, frog fish, groupers, sea snakes, barracuda, trigger fish, moray eels, octopus, dolphin and the occasional whale shark, especially in the summer. The underwater landscape features a wide variety of corals including reef-building corals like stony, brain, table and branching corals, as well as many kinds of soft corals, sea fans, gorgonians, fire corals, anemones and sponges. The depth of dive sites varies from shallow, which is suitable for novices, to deep, more than 40m/130ft, great for advanced divers.

When to go to Israel

The warm season lasts from May through October with the average air temperature staying around 29C/84F. The cold season lasts from December to March with the average temperature staying around 20C/68F. Coastal cities, such as Tel Aviv and Haifa, have a typical Mediterranean climate with cool, rainy winters and long, hot summers. The region around Eilat has a desert climate with very hot and dry summers, and mild winters with some precipitation. The averge water temperature of the Mediterranean Sea ranges from 17C/63F in the winter to 29C/84F during the summer. In the Red Sea, water temperatures range from 20C/68F to 30C/86F. Currents can be locally significant with some drift diving. The visibility varies from 15m/50ft to over 40m/130ft depending on the site and prevailing conditions. The sea conditions and the weather are suitable for diving throughout the year.

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