Top 3 Spots for Boat Rentals in Israel

Despite its size and Middle Eastern climate, Israel is a country rich with bodies of water, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan River and numerous springs, tributaries, streams and waterfalls. One of the best ways to enrich your appreciation of Israel’s various waterfronts is to rent a boat and feel the current under your feet.

Before you finalize your Israel trip itinerary, consider including these three fun boating attractions.

Rafting on the Jordan 

As a kayaking and rafting destination, the Jordan River rapids are calm and family-friendly (great for children aged five and older). Enjoy the fast-running Hatzbani section of the river, the eucalyptus trees on the shore and the fun of bumping into other boaters along the way. Assume everything you bring with you will get wet, so don’t bring a camera unless it’s waterproof. If you’re looking for a bit of a thrill and adrenalin rush, take the Kfar Blum route, which features a ten-second rapid. A camera set up here takes your picture as you crash through the water, with prints available for purchase at the route’s exit point.

Sailing to the Grottos

The grottos at Rosh Hanikra are among the most beautiful wonders of northern Israel. Waves crash at the rocks, spraying water in the air and coloring the interiors of the rock caves in shades of purple and blue. You can see the grottos by taking the cable car down to the caves and walking along an underground path, or you can approach the grottos from the sea. Row a kayak from Betzet Beach to the grottos and back, accompanied by a guide. The activity takes about two hours, including kayaking instructions, sailing to Rosh Hanikra and the opportunity to maneuver amongst the rocks and enter the grottos.

Peering into the Coral-Rich Depths 

The Red Sea is home to some of the most colorful fish and sea creatures in the world. With 1200 species of fish and 2000 km of coral reef, there’s much to see beneath the surface. Sail on a glass-bottomed boat to catch a glimpse of the rich ecosystem of the Red Sea. Cruises on these boats range from half an hour to two hours long and can be combined with a visit to the Underwater Observatory, where you can see fish and sea life in their natural habitat while keeping your feet on solid ground.

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