Hiring a boat is an excellent way to explore the hidden beauty of Israel, located along the eastern coastline of the Mediterranean Sea. With the eyes and experience of a sailor, the Tel-Aviv coastline, the major rivers in Israel, a large lake in Galilee, and even the Dead Sea offer surprisingly beautiful sailing experiences. Israel has several marinas where you can find the ideal catamaran, motor yacht, sailboat or speedboat of your choice. You will also find many rowboats, rafts, party yachts, pedal boats, etc. You can directly contact the owners of the vessels for the ideal boat, or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.
You have plenty of options:
You can book and hire a sailboat or speedboat with a skipper, or without if you own a license, and enjoy a one-day cruise along Tel-Aviv’s unique coastline, You also have the option to rent a motorboat and enjoy an adventure tour in Eliat or explore the caves of Rosh Hanikra with ease. If you book a catamaran, you can throw a birthday or bachelor party, you will also have plenty of space to celebrate a wedding anniversary onboard. Finally, you can hire a luxury yacht or sailboat at a great price and enjoy a multi-day adventure in the destinations of your choice.
Israel is a country with amazing history, admirable natural beauty, and culture and people that continue to wow the rest of the world. Israel’s capital and largest city is Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv is the country’s economic and technological center. Israel has a long list of religious and heritage sites. With over 200 museums within its borders and the largest three in Tel Aviv, Israel has the most museums in the world. For followers of Judaism, the grave of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and the Western Wall are two of the most famous tourist sites, while the Church of the Nativity and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Bethlehem and Jerusalem respectively are popular destinations for Christians. Muslim tourists can visit the Tomb of the Patriarchs, the Ibrahimi Mosque, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Sitting between Israel and Jordan, the Dead Sea, which is interestingly the lowest point on earth, and so salty that animals cannot live in it, is one destination the tourists in Israel must visit. The Dead Sea has continued to shrink over the years, but remains enchanting to visitors and tourists. The very waters of the Dead Sea have healing properties that can boost your immune system, relieve body pains, and offer anti-aging benefits as you relax in them. While you're looking to secure a yacht rental in Israel for the ultimate sailing experience, there are many stopovers and locations to give you an exciting and adventurous boating experience.
Tel-Aviv, Herzliya and Haiffa.
You can rent a luxury yacht and cruise the sparkling coastline of Tel-Aviv which fronts the Mediterranean Sea. You will find many beaches, bars, restaurants, and clubs on your way. You can spend a day visiting Herzliya which is on the central coast of Israel and enjoy the unique waterfront that ends in the port city of Haifa. You will find the beautiful Banana, Gordon, and Hilton Beach during your cruise. Tel-Aviv and Herzliya are definitely the best way to spend a day or two on a yacht. You can sail along the shores, take pictures, swim, and even have a romantic sunset or dinner cruise with your loved ones in complete style.
Israel is bordered by Egypt and the Gulf of Aqaba which connects the beautiful Red Sea. You can therefore rent a yacht in Israel and Depart from Eliat Marina. This way you will have unending stretches of clean beaches where you can enjoy snorkeling and discover a world of fish variety, to scuba diving and parasailing. There's a lot to do in Eilat with a skipper on board. Besides water and adventure tours, you can go on a boat tour with underwater viewing. You can rent a catamaran and observe an array of exotic fish and beautiful corals down in the sea. You can also walk through the shopping booths on the shore, take pictures, and buy a few things that catch your eye.
Timna Lake and Park
From Eilat, you can make your way to Timna National Park, located about 17 miles north of Eilat. Timna Park is one of the biggest attractions you'll find south of Israel, and it sits amid a beautiful desert setting where you find archeological ruins from ancient times and a lot of history. Mount Timna is the first-ever copper mine in the world, and it sits in the middle of this desert. You can also find mining shafts scattered throughout the park. Solomon's Pillars, which have no connection to the actual Solomon, are towering columns of sandstone surprisingly and beautifully created by nature when volcanic magma froze into the cliff. One unexpected and amazing sight in Timna park is the man-made lake where you can sail on a pedal boat and enjoy several activities. You can also go hiking within Timna Park, discover plants, trees, and amazing wildlife.
Sailing the Sea of Galilee
The Sea of Galilee strikes a chord for many and is a great place to sail through. Also called Lake Kinneret, this sea is one of the largest freshwater lakes, and has the Jordan River as its main source while being fed by underground springs. There's a range of ways to tour the sea, including fishing boats, motorboats, and wooden boats called Jesus boats based on their style and patterns. Jesus boats are made with cedar planks, designed with shallow heights, and a flat bottom, with pews where you can sit down and allow the wind to blow on your face as you sail. If you go on a guided tour, your guide will tell you stories about the sea, both from a Christian perspective and the history surrounding the sea. You might also hear on your ride that the sea is nearly 13 miles in length, half a mile wide, and 140 feet deep.
The grottoes of Rosh Hanikra
The grottoes of Rosh Hanikra perches 210 feet above the Mediterranean Sea, northwest of Israel, near the Lebanon border. Arguably Israel's most visited tourist destination, Rosh Hanikra has beautiful and interesting sea caves, limestone grottoes, and other geological formations. The blue sea also crashes against beautiful white cliffs as the reflecting light creates a turquoise color on the water. Many people believe that the Rosh Hanikra caves were formed by an earthquake that caused crevices and fissures in the limestone rock, thereby letting rain enter slowly through the cracks and causing the limestone and chalk to get eroded. A motorboat from Betzet Beach can take you to the grottoes. You can go kayaking into Rosh Hanikra, beginning from the beach, and sail through the open ocean to the caves, spotting beautiful geological forms in the soft limestone as you go.
Below you will find some useful information for your boat rentals in Israel.
Marina of Tel-Aviv: The marina within the city accommodates crafts of up to 20 meters long.
The marina is about 12 km away from Ben Gurion Airport in Israel.
Marina Herzliya: 10 minutes from Tel-Aviv and can accommodate up to 680 yachts. There are also four berths for megayachts that go up to 60 meters in length. There is 24-hour security, electricity, water, fuel and chic bars, and restaurants within the marina zone.
Marina Herzliya is roughly 33 km away from Ben Gurion Airport in Israel (a 25-30 min drive).
Northern Marina Eliat: In the center of Eliat and offers adventures to stunning coral reefs. Red Sea tours, party boats for larger groups, and glass bottom boats are also offered here. The marina is home to many private yachts and speedboats. Within the marina zone, you will find restaurants, bars, and designer shopping stores.
Eliat Marina is 22.4 km away from Ramon International Airport in Israel.
Eliat Marina is 12.5 km away from King Hussein International Airport (roughly a 15-20 minute drive).
Ashdod Marina: The marina can berth nearly 500 vessels and is situated in Ashdod. The marina is a center for sea sports, surfing, sailing, and diving schools are onsite. The surrounding area is still being developed and will have hotels and restaurants.
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