They call it Dead
Sea Swimming, but I better call it Dead Sea Floating. The concentration of
minerals in the water is so high that humans float even if they don’t want to. During my many years as a Tour Operator, I always included one or two days of any Holy Land itinerary to the Dead Sea. My clients used to ask for it.
That's me floating on the Dead Sea
The Lowest Point on Earth
The Dead Sea Israel is the lowest point on the Planet Earth with more than 400 meters below Sea Level. To get there you have to drive past the Judean Mountains and go down from heights of 800 meter above to 400 below. The Dead Sea is the final stop of the Jordan River where it ends with a very small flow due to the usage of waters during his rout from Banias in the north to the Dead Sea in the south.
Since the waters have no exit they remain in the sea and evaporate because of the high temperatures that range between 30 and 40 degrees Celsius year round. This constant evaporation creates the large amount of Dead Sea minerals and the high density of the waters.
On our last visit to the Dead Sea
How to go Dead Sea Swimming
If you are on your own arriving with your vehicle or by public transportation, you just get to the beach of your choice and swim at your own risk.
But this is not the way most people do it. They either stay in one of the Dead Sea Hotels that provide all the facilities for a safe swim or if they don’t want to stay at a hotel ore one of the Kibbutzim like Ein Gedi, they’d go to one of the organized beach and for a small fee will enjoy of the facilities and some fresh water.
Now that I say fresh water, I want to emphasize how important clear water is when you go swimming on the Dead Sea. The water is so salty and oily that after a while you really need to shower with some fresh water to clean yourself. An needless to say that if you have any small “Booboo” anywhere in your body, it will burn like fire.
But, that said; let me tell you that Dead Sea Swimming is an unforgettable adventure for the whole family. We have done that with children and grandchildren and it’s a great experience.
Great view of the Dead Sea from our hotel room
Things to know before you dip into the waters of the Dead Sea
All images are from our last trip to the Dead Sea
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