Day 4: Breathing and Floating

Trip Start May 19, 2009
Trip End Jun 16, 2009

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

(Day 4, Eilat, 9:00pm) Today was another hot one. As far as I know, it hit 101 degrees today, and right now it's 88. But it was a (mostly) relaxing day on the beach, and thank goodness for a strong breeze all day and tonight as well. After another bountiful breakfast, we walked the ten minutes to the Coral Beach Reserve, a long, uncluttered stretch of beach, dotted with thatched-roof shelters and bounded on the sea by a long coral reef. 

We rented snorkel equipment and headed into the water, which was comfortable, but surprisingly a little cooler than we expected. It's been 30 years since I snorkeled (at Sharm el-Sheikh at the southernmost point of Sinai), so I was a little rusty. Not to mention, in the interim, I seem to have lost some of my youthful adventurousness or developed some middle-age anxieties. Anyway, the first attempt wasn't too much fun: water in the mask (thanks to the moustache causing a less-than-tight seal) and the breathing tube (high waves and too much raising of the head). After a break under a beach shelter to recover for a bit, we (OK, I) gave it a go again. Success! We went quite a distance, and the coral and abundance of fish of many colors was impressive. I'm afraid pictures will have to wait as I need to get the film from the underwater camera developed separately at some later date.

The rest of the afternoon was indeed restful: reading, snacking, and napping under the shelter, looking at the rocky hills of Jordan rise across the water into the hazy blue sky. Then it was back to the hotel for an hour by the pool, which is serenaded by Israeli pop over the loudspeakers. The place is called the Prima Music Hotel, so there's a music theme: album covers line the corridors and the lobby; and there are music shows in the evening. After waiting a bit for it to cool, we went across to the street for dinner, finding a great spot literally on the water: a nice, clean beach restaurant, with open-air seating on a deck jutting out just above the crashing waves below. Night divers headed into the sea, a shifting cluster of headlights moving deeper. We had a terrific meal of large portions, and I enjoyed a mango-mint smoothie, while Kevin enjoyed his watermelon for dessert. Music followed us there: first, loud "mizrachi" (Eastern-flavored) Israeli music from next door, then relaxing American stuff, while we watched the lights of Aqaba, Jordan, strung across the bay.

Tonight, early to bed, since we're up and out of here by 6:50 a.m. for a tour of Wadi Rum and Petra, Jordan. Will be out of touch until Sunday night, when we come back to Eilat before renting a car for the drive to the Dead Sea on Monday. 

(As an aside, be aware that you can see larger version of the pictures just by clicking on them. This might be useful especially for the panorama in this entry. Also: Kevin's blog is here, too: Check it out!)
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Deena on

Hi there! I work for Prima Hotels and would love to hear more about your experience at the Prima Music Hotel. If you would like to elaborate on the hotel or provide any personal insights on how to make the hotel any better for our guests, please email me at

thank you!

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