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Located by the Gulf of Aqaba, just a few kilometers south of Eilat, Princess Beach is one of Israel’s most visited snorkeling spot. Its free and easy access, and calm, crystal-clear water, make it a perfect spot for both beginners and seasoned snorkelers. Around the piers and coral patches, snorkelers can spot a wide diversity of reef fish, including schools of sergeants, lionfish, clownfish in their anemone, butterflyfish and surgeons.

Violent storms in March 2020 damaged the reefs in the Gulf of Aqaba, and may have affected the reef patches at Princess Beach. All the pictures on this page have been taken before this event. If you snorkeled this area recently, feel free to contact us and send us your feedback.

Princess Beach, Eilat
View of Princess Beach and its southern pier.

How to go snorkeling Princess Beach?

Princess Beach is located by the Gulf of Aqaba at the southernmost point of Israel, only a few hundred meters from the Israeli-Egyptian border, opposite the abandoned Princess Hotel.

Access to this spot is by public buses, taxi or car. Parking space seems limited overall. The bus ride takes approximately 20 min from the downtown hotel area in Eilat. There is no entrance fee.

Princess Beach snorkeling map, Eilat

Water entrance for snorkeling Princess Beach

Water entrance is directly from the beach, or by the two old piers that are located on the beach. The piers may be partly closed due to poor maintenance and should be used with some caution. However, they are the easiest to access the water and are interesting snorkeling areas in their own right. Look out for urchins if you walk into the water directly from the beach.

Princess Beach snorkeling exploration tips

The snorkeling area extends along the beach, which is approximately 500m-long. It encompasses the two piers set on the beach.

Parrotfish in Princess Beach
Many fish gather around the piers, such as this rusty parrotfish. A broomtail wrasse is also hiding below the last step (partially visible).

From the beach, the sand slopes gently onto large sandy beds, scattered with many coral patches (↕6-12ft/2-4m). We advise you to look out for the different reef patches located along the beach, where the coral is healthy and the fish gather. The best reef patches are located south of the southern pier, in the direction of the border crossing – but don’t stray too close to the Egyptian border.

Also check the piers areas. There are plenty of different fish hiding under the piers with coral growing from the foundations. The depth at the end of the piers is around 12-15ft/4-5 meters.

Coral patch and reef fish in Princess Beach
A rich marine life can be found around the coral patches – in the foreground, a pair of Red Sea raccoon butterflyfish.

The most common fish species that can be seen at Princess Beach include green chromis, yellowtail surgeonfish, lionfish, different species of parrotfish and butterflyfish, sea goldie, the Red Sea clownfish, the Red Sea bannerfish, and many more.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

There is a small kiosk for renting sun-beds, buying drinks or ice cream on Princess Beach. Several seafront hotels and diving clubs are available along the coast, especially in Coral Beach area.

 

  • Level required Beginner
  • Maximum depth15ft/5m
  • Water entranceFrom a sandy beach or piers
  • Potential DangersSea urchins and lionfish, sometimes close to shore
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersMedium
  • Access costsFree

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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.