Watersports in Israel

Diving, surfing, wind surfing, jet skiing, sea kayaks and more…

Tel Aviv beach by Flickr user naama
Surfing is incredibly popular in Israel by Flickr user naama

Watersports are extremely popular in Israel. Israel has the highest number of qualified divers per person in the world, and has had Olympic and World champions in sports including windsurfing and kitesurfing. With so much coastline, you can do all sorts of watersports along the Mediterranean coast, including in Tel Aviv, at Eilat on the Red Sea, and in the Sea of Galilee.

Kitesurfing by Flickr user david55king
Kitesurfing by Flickr user david55king


Eilat’s diving has been described by Dive Magazine as some of the best in the world, and we agree. The city is full of dive centers which are well regulated and give world class instruction whether you are a complete novice or well seasoned diver. What you will see underneath Eilat bay is spectacular – crystal clear waters allow visibility of 30 metres with its coral reefs being some of the most beautiful in the world.

But diving isn’t limited to Eilat. At Caesarea is the world’s first underwater museum where you can dive through the ancient underwater ruins of what was once the most impressive port on the Mediterranean. You can also dive along the Mediterranean coast including off the Tel Aviv coastline, an awesome experience!

Relaxing rowing in Tel Aviv by Flickr user RonAlmog
Relaxing rowing in Tel Aviv by Flickr user RonAlmog

Surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing

Along the Mediterranean coast are watersport centers offering surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. Some of these have trained up Olympic medalists and world champions so you are in good hands. Although there are loads of clubs, some of the most prestigious are in Tel Aviv, Herzliya, Caesarea, Beit Yannay, between Netanya and Caesarea, and in Haifa.

Of course, you can also surf (in all varieties) in Eilat and the many watersport schools there make you spoint for choice, whilst the Sea of Galilee also offers a more limited selection of surfing opportunities.

Click here to read our article dedicated to surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing in Israel.

Surfing by Flickr user yanec
Surfing by Flickr user yanec

Sailing, catarmarans, sea kayaks

Again, sailing, catarmarans and sea kayaking, amongst others, can be done along the Mediterranean coast, often at the same schools which offer surfing. At Eilat are some of the worlds best sailing clubs having trained Olympic medalists, whilst there are also opportunities for these sports in the Sea of Galilee: – awesome! More at catarmarans in Israel

SUP Stand Up Paddleboard

A new craze overtaking the world, stand up paddleboards are available in Israel either as lessons or just board hire. It’s great fun and easy to pick up. More at SUP in Israel.

Jet Ski, Water Ski and more…

Image by Flickr user yanec

Whatever watersport you are after you can almost certainly do it in Israel. As a country which lives mostly near to the beach, Israeli’s are a very water orientated people, and have brought back to Israel unusual watersports from around the world. Just ask and you’ll find something which is cool for you.

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