The boat is built of
aluminum, eliminating the need for special
maintenance required in wooden or iron ships.
Width: 4 meters Depth:
2 meters Passengers
Permitted: 45 Engines:
2 Ford diesel engines, 63 horsepower and an
additional 2 engines at the bow, enabling
better maneuvering between the reefs. Windows:
48 acrylic windows. Window thickness: 2.5cm.
Window size: 50cm / 60cm. Speed:
6 knots. During tours near the reefs the boat
sails much more slowly, to avoid disturbing
the underwater environment and to enable optimal
viewing of the coral and marine life. Crew:
The boat has three crew members: Captain,
First Mate and Deck Attendant
for Coral 2000 Passengers
are asked to arrive 10 minutes before departure
cruises last 35 minutes.
and video cameras are quite suitable for photography
onboard. We recommend using 400 ASA or higher
film for best results. Film is available at
the photography shop inside the park.
is no age limit.
times: Monday – Saturday, 11:00, 13:00
may be postponed or cancelled due to weather
conditions or technical difficulties
Coral 2000 boat was built in Australia at
the end of 1994 for reef tours. The
'glass boat' is built so that passengers can
observe from individual windows. Coral 2000
has 48 windows placed about 1.5 meters
below the water level so that one can look
out directly, and not just below, as with
glass-bottomed boats. This enables an especially
large viewing area.
boat was originally destined to be used at
an underwater observatory in Egypt, which
was ultimately not built. In 1995 the
boat reached Eilat, where it was anchored
and lay idle until 1999. In 1999 it
was decided to put the boat into operation
for the underwater observatory park at the
Tur-Yam Southern Marina. From that time until
February 2004, Coral 2000 was operated independently
from the Tur-Yam Southern Marina. Today it
works within the Underwater Observatory Marine