"Underwater Observatory Marine Park in Eilat" Egypt Things to Do Tip by gabriellefox
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Visitors to the Underwater Observatory Marine Park in Eilat can experience the wonders of the Red Sea without having to dip so much as a finger in the water.
The park offers a dazzling array of experiences. There's the Circular Reef Tank, which presents a sample of the rich assortment of species that live around a reef, then there's the Shark Pool, which holds 15 different types of shark.
The Young Turtle Pool nurtures baby hawksbill turtles for release back into the wild, and is the first place in the world which has succeeded in breeding them in captivity. The Underwater Observatory enables visitors to experience the sea at a depth of six metres, while the observatory's yellow submarine - Jacqueline - can dive to a depth of 60 metres, enabling many to enjoy the wonderful silent underwater world of the Gulf of Eilat's deeper coral reefs.
Back on dry land, the Aquarium Room is one of the best in the world and well-equipped with educational information. Add to this the Dark Room, the Oceanarium and the Special Displays Room and you have a day's worth of fascination for the whole family.
This observatory is situated 6 metres below sea level at the bottom of a White Tower which is accessed through a 100 metre bridge. A tunnel joins the two underwater halls, one of which observes the surrounding corals in the underwater reef known as the “Japanese Gardens” while the other gazes at clambering corals and schools of fish, deep into the sun dappled waters of the Red Sea. Visiors can stand here for hours watching the scene which changes from window to window, by hour, by day and by the season of the year. One can not only view the rich corals and colourful fish of the Red Sea, but also Shark and Sea Turtles swimming in large open-air custom built tanks. After a visit to the sea bed, the Tower Bar on the entrance level offers a welcome break for coffee, cake, pizza etc. For the adventurous, a 90 stair climb provides access to the Lookout Terrace on the top of the tower and a view of four countries.
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