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The Caves is one of the most popular snorkeling spots in Eilat. Its varied underwater landscapes and its moderate depth make it an ideal site to observe the numerous fish that populate the Israeli reefs.

The Caves Snorkeling Spot is a haven for both novice and experienced snorkelers, offering crystal-clear waters that showcase the breathtaking beauty of the Red Sea’s diverse ecosystem.

Surgeonfish, angelfish and anemonefish are among the many species that can be seen here.

The beach at The Caves, Eilat
The shore at The Caves. To avoid stepping on coral, the water entrance is between the two lines of yellow buoys.

How to get to The Caves snorkeling spot

The Caves is located in the south of the Israeli Riviera, just before Princess Beach.  It is in front of the parking lot you will see on the right when you arrive from Eilat, where Snuba Dive Center is located. You can park in the spaces on the side of the road.

The Caves snorkeling map, Eilat

Water entrance for snorkeling The Caves

Several passages in the reef, marked by buoys, allow entering the water without damaging the corals.

The Caves snorkeling exploration tips

The Caves location got its name from the numerous small caves found in the reefs facing the beach. Most of the caves are closed by metal grids, and it is dangerous to try to venture into the ones that are still open.

This spot has the following topography: several round-shaped reefs, from 4 to 15 yards in diameter, are laid out on a sandy bottom. The reef tops are almost touching the surface (↕ 1-3 ft), and the sandy beds are about 15 to 18 feet deep.

Snorkeler observing a parrotfish at The Caves, Eilat
A heavybeak parrotfish on the top of one of the patch reefs.

While swimming from reef to reef, you will encounter rich and colorful sea life. On the small flats at the top of the reefs, Sohal surgeonfish are busy grazing on small algae, while many sergeant majors are swimming close to the surface. These fish swim along with the huge clown coris and rusty parrotfish visiting the reefs.

Emperor angelfish at The Caves, Eilat
A resident emperor angelfish.

On the small drop-offs, all around the reefs, you will see the most fish: lionfish, groupers, purfferfish, anemonefish, and occasionally the beautiful emperor angelfish. Schools of squirrelfish and Arabian scolopsis shelter in the shaded areas near the caves entrances.

Sandperch at The Caves, Eilat
Speckled sandperchs are frequently observed on the sandy beds.

You will see a lot of scuba divers at this location, which is one of the most popular in Israel for a first dive.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

There is no restaurant or hotel on site. If you go about 770 yards north, you will find places to eat, such as Migdalor Beach, in front of which there is excellent snorkeling.


  • Level required Beginner
  • Maximum depth20 ft/6 m
  • Water entranceFrom a sandy beach
  • Potential DangersLionfish, stonefish, stingrays
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersHigh
  • Access costsFree
  • Restaurants nearbyNo
  • Public toilets & showersNo

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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.