Level: Free shore access This spot have a free shore access: you can go snorkeling there freely and without having to book a tour or pay an entrance fee.
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Even before wearing your diving mask, you will see them all around you, through the crystal-clear water: brightly colored wrasse, surgeonfish and sergeants majors, inviting you to join them in the Red Sea warm waters. Welcome to Migdalor Beach! If on the reef, the corals are quite damaged, the diversity of fish that can be seen here makes it one of the most amazing snorkeling locations in Israel.
Migdalor Beach is located in Eilat, less than 6km south of the city center. About 250m after the Coral World Underwater Observatory, you will see on the left Migdalor Beach restaurant, the beach restaurant facing the reef.
A car park allows parking near the entrance. You can then access the beach through the restaurant or via the public access, on the right.
Water entrance is from the beach, in front of the restaurant. A green sign on the beach indicates a passage between two lines of buoys, which allows entering the water in a coral-free area. The seabed, made of pebbles, allows an easy water entrance.
As soon as you enter the water in the very shallow pebble areas near the beach, you will be surrounded by fish (↕2-3ft/0.5-1m): sergeants majors, yellowtail surgeonfish, but also huge and inquisitive broomtail wrasse, clown coris and parrotfish.
Probably fed by some visitors (please don’t do it, as it is very harmful to the fish), they come very close, making them great subjects to photograph.
A few meters further, you will reach the first coral patches. The reef is narrow, and after a few dozens of meters, it gives place to a sandy slope interspersed with a few pinnacles (↕6-12ft/2-4m). Beyond, about 40m from the shore, the slope plunges into the blue (↕20-25ft/6-8m).
The reef at Migdalor beach is overall damaged, with large areas of worn coral. In places, there are still beautiful coral clumps, especially where the depth puts them out of reach of incautious visitors.
If Migdalor Beach reef is not as extensive as the reef in Coral Beach, it is spectacular by its underwater landscapes but especially by its abundance of species.
Butterflyfish (several species), Arabian Picasso triggerfish and Klunzinger wrasse are very common throughout the area.
Bluespotted cornetfish, masked puffer and sea goldies enjoy the jagged coral and the small drops, where Red Sea clownfish can also be spotted in small sea anemones.
If you’re lucky, you might also spot an emperor angelfish or a yellow-ear angelfish, two of the most beautiful fish species in the Red Sea. In total, hundreds of species can be seen here.
Since fishing is not allowed at Migdalor Beach, the fish are big and really not shy. These protected waters are also home to bluespotted ribbonail rays and large octopuses, which are frequently encountered on the sandy slopes.
The Migdalor Beach restaurant is located on the beach, facing the reef.
These snorkeling spots are accessible to beginners and kids. You will enter the water gradually from a beach, or in a less than 3ft. deep area. The sea is generally calm, shallow, with almost no waves or currents. These spots are usually located in marked and/or monitored swimming areas. It is not necessary to swim long distances to discover the sea life.This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.
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Snorkeling spots are part of a wild environment and their aspect can be significantly altered by weather, seasons, sea conditions, human impact and climate events (storms, hurricanes, seawater-warming episodes…). The consequences can be an alteration of the seabed (coral bleaching, coral destruction, and invasive seagrass), a poor underwater visibility, or a decrease of the sea life present in the area. Snorkeling Report makes every effort to ensure that all the information displayed on this website is accurate and up-to-date, but no guarantee is given that the underwater visibility and seabed aspect will be exactly as described on this page the day you will snorkel the spot. If you recently snorkeled this area and noticed some changes compared to the information contained on this page, please contact us.
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