Eilat is just across the border. The border crossing is easy and depending on traffic it takes about 30 minutes and you are in a different world.
Here are a few things to do while in Eilat:
A must see is the Dolphin Reef which offers the unusual opportunity of meeting and observing dolphins in their natural habitat. The Dolphin Reef is just midway between Taba border and town center.
The Underwater Observatory Marine Park invites for a dry experience to observe fish. The observatory is built so that you stand in the middle and the fish swim around you in a huge circular tank. Other features are a variety of large outdoor pools for sharks and turtle and stingrays.
IMAX is the ultimate amusement park. You can’t miss the blue pyramid in the center of town featuring special live performances, 3D movies, moving cars and other multimedia presentations that take visitors through the natural world of earthquakes, hurricanes, outer space and the human brain.
Finish the day with a stroll along the promenade and some shopping. ‘Mul HaYam’ (as the name suggests, the mall is situated in the town center and opposite the sea) is close by and offers brand names and unusual gifts like the Elath Stone, a gemstone also called King Salomon’s Stone. A mixture of chrysocolla intergrown with turquoise and copperis explain its blue to green color. No two pieces of this stone are alike.
Coffee shops, bars and restaurant are abundant. Try the falafel shops: pitta bread filled with falafel and salads of your choice as much as you want.