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The Red Sea Jazz Festival

The Red Sea Jazz Festival

Eilat travel guide

This year, the Red Sea Jazz Festival returns to the wonderful port of Eilat – the festival’s classic location under the stars – with performances and original productions by some of the best leading artists today.
The International Jazz Festival is back after two years of great anticipation!

Red Sea Jazz Festival – returns to Eilat port!
with dozens of artists from Israel and the world
November 12 – 10, Eilat port

Maestro Yossi Payne, the music man and artistic director of the festival, curated and connected artists from here and there for three days with 18 (!) performances that you won’t want to miss, and so that you don’t miss a single show – this year you can purchase a PASS and enjoy all the shows.

Along with well-known and beloved names that are always wonderful to meet again at the festival, this year you will meet quite a few young and up-and-coming artists who preserve and refresh the Israeli and global jazz scene.
In the 36th edition of the festival, we are proud to announce the opening show of the Israeli super-group THIRD WORLD LOVE, in a one-time reunion show exclusive to the festival. After almost a decade of absence from the stage – Yonatan Avishai, Avishai Cohen, Omer Avital and Daniel Friedman return to play together in the port of Eilat. Another artist who will land and come straight to the festival is Jacob Collier from London who comes to us in his prime and in the middle of a world tour with 4 albums and 5 Grammy Awards. Grammy winner (3 to be exact) this time from the USA, Corey Henry will come up and perform with the famous keyboards, in a trio show that combines jazz with soul. In an original production for the festival, Gidi Gov will host Alon Olarchik, with non-standard performances of the hits we all love.

And close the festival with a final show conceived by Maestro Fine combining musicians from all his favorite genres – a super group that will form for the first time on the festival stage. Conducted by Neta Barzilai, Nono, Eko and Cohen will be guests for a cross-genre celebration of jazz with hip-hop and spoken word.

The Dolphin Reef Eilat

The Dolphin Reef Eilat

The Beach The dolphin reef beach is a private beach, offering a diversity of services, such as bathrooms and showers, restaurant, diving courses, swimming and diving with dolphins and a lot more. The beach itself is not very big, but the golden sand compensate you for the little round stones covering the other Eilatian beaches. As soon as you enter the beach, you see the defined area, in which the dolphins are swimming. For the time being, there are ten dolphins, some of them were brought from the Caspian Sea in Russia, and some of them were born in Eilat, and are Israeli citizens…. The uniqueness of the place is the fact that there was not and there isn’t an attempt to domesticate the dolphins. That defined area in which they are living is not closed, and allows the dolphins free entrance and exit. As a matter of fact, the dolphins are staying there out of their own free will. The dolphins frequently swim to the open sea, for the simple fact that they have to supply themselves with food. The “Dolphin-reef “ crew does not supply them with food, and does not interfere with their private life. Aside from that, those dolphin has a good taste of their own…they too - same as we - loves the Red Sea, with all of its beautiful coral reefs and spectacular undersea creatures. Preparing to swim After struggling with myself, I chose to swim with the dolphins, rather than diving with them. Sarit, the instructor, gave me a short brief, focusing on the interaction between those diverse mammals and us. There are some rules such as not chasing the dolphins, not touching sensitive areas like the eyes, the blowhole on their head and their genitalia (as if we wanted to do that…). We also got an explanation regarding the personal equipment, which includes snorkel, diving-mask, flippers and diving suit. If you are anxious to commemorate the occasion, you can rent an under-water camera, or pay to professional photographer to come along with you, for video shooting or stills. No one promised us that we could get real close. After all, that depends on the dolphins themselves. We were a little disappointed, but our hopes increased while remembering that half an hour of swimming is a lot of time. After a short demo practice, outside the defined area, we moved into it (“we” means me, five other visitors and, of course, Sarit). In the water with the dolphins What can I tell you…from the first moment you can sense the presence of that amazing creature, by hearing the unique sounds that it can produce. It is unbelievable! You can Swimming and Diving with dolphins in Eilatnot see them yet, but you sure can hear them. We all tried to make the first eye contact, but came out with nothing. I raised my head out of the water, and caught a glimpse of back-flippers about 50 meters from me. After a few minutes I nearly had a cocktail of salty sea water, when my mouth almost opened wide because of a huge dolphin, swimming in superb, passing along my swimming buddy, a tourist from the Netherlands, who actually was able to touch it. I saw the dolphin moving on into the deep water, and I was so envious of my friend at that time, because I was afraid that this time I wouldn’t share his experience. The first encounter But, after a few minutes of swimming here and forth, came, just out of the blue, an amazing dolphin, named Bunchy, according to Sarit. Bunchy was a young dolphin, which explains the fact that he still doesn’t get bored of meeting groups of enthusiastic people such as we were. The wild dive Bunchy stayed with us for about 15 seconds more, and during this time he surely felt like the most beloved dolphin in the world. We touched him, caressed him and played with him. It took us a while to realize that we are swimming with a dolphin (!), but soon it seemed like the most natural thing to do. Bunchy surrounded us and examined us above and under the water… it was really hard to say who enjoyed this meeting more…Bunchy or us… Conclusions I can hardly explain the feeling touching his smooth skin, and the feeling I got out of a 10cm distance between my head and Bunchy’s. You just have to be there in order to understand. Swimming with dolphins was something I dreamt about since I was a little boy. I guess it was under the influence and impression of books that had been read to me, or because the mythological and unforgettable TV show - “Flipper”. Out of that short experience I’ve had in the Dolphin Reef, I can say that dolphins are the most amazing mammals. You can sense, in every moment, their high intelligence (no doubt, much more then a few people I happened to have met in my life). All farewells are sad, especially if that farewell is from the first dolphin you have ever met, but you can find some comfort knowing you can always do that again, if you are in Eilat, and have about two hours and some bucks (about 200NIS) to spend.

Eilat Beaches - Swim & Tan in Eilat

Eilat Beaches - Swim & Tan in Eilat

The beautiful, vibrant beaches scattered along the Red Sea coastline, run from the north edge of Eilat Bay, near the Jordanian border, down to south beach near the Egyptian border. The beaches are localized in two major areas - the North Beach, where the main hotel area is located, and the Coral Beach, further south of Eilat. The first is perfect for the more easygoing swimmers, sunbathers and water sport worshipers, whereas the latter serves as the main arena for scuba diving and snorkeling. Dotted with palm trees, straw parasols and lively bars playing music, most of Eilat's beaches offer vivacious, tropical atmosphere during the day and incredibly romantic feel at night. At the beach, you are likely to see sunbathers from all over the world lying on beach beds just a few steps from the water. Others are busy dining at one of the nearby snack bars, playing "Matkot" (Israeli beach tennis) or simply relax in front of the fascinating vista. After a long day at the beach (remember to wear sunscreen!) it is time to get ready for the perfect finale - Eilat's sunset. When the sun goes down beyond the hills of the city, just sit back and gaze at the gorgeous mountains of Aqaba across the sea, while they become amazingly red. Finally, as the night falls over the city, you can join the festivity at one of the beaches, which transformed into bustling locations for dancing parties and pubs. Those of you seeking for romanticism or maybe camping in a tent, where the beaches are less busy. Lying on the pebbles and the cool sand, listening to the whisper of the waves as they break into the shore, and staring at the moonlight gorgeously reflected on the water, is truly a remarkable experience.

Eilat Desert Adventures

Eilat Desert Adventures

Situated between the southern edge of the Negev Desert and the beginning of the Sinai Peninsula (and yet only 7 hours drive from the green Galilee at the north part of Israel), Eilat offers a great desert experience lapped in a Bedouin-like scene. The desert adventures available in Eilat vary from private and organized hiking, to wild jeep tours and exciting camel treks, all touring around the Eilat region. The colorful multilayered mountains and the natural beauty of the desert make it highly exhilarating traveling to fascinating sites, such as King Solomon's Pillars, Timna Valley Park, the Red Canyon, Ein Netafim and Pillars of Amram.

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