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Coral Beach Nature Reserve: Put on a snorkel and marvel at the brilliantly colored fish and entrancing corals at one of the world's finest protected coral reefs.

Hiking the Negev: Explore the splendid scenery, deep wadis, rugged heights, and steep cliff faces of the Negev. The mountains of Eilat and the desert craters offer spectacular hikes.

Makhtesh Ramon: This giant crater is an utterly unique geological phenomenon, with hundreds of rock formations and multihue cliffs.

Timna Park: A half-hour from Eilat, trek across the lunarlike landscape, making sure to see this desert park's famous red-hue Solomon's Pillars and its 20-foot mushroom-shape rock formation.

Yotvata Hai-Bar Nature Reserve: Come face-to-face with fearsome birds of prey in the Predator Center of this thrilling nature preserve north of Eilat.

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