Floating on the Dead Sea

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I hate underwater animals and plants. It’s really scary, especially when I can’t see the seabed. When I heard that the huge salinity in the Dead Sea makes the place not friendly for any living creatures, I thought “ This is the sea, that I can come in and swim” 🙂

I guess, everyone heard the story about Dead Sea, that you don’t need to know how to swim. Salinity makes you a swimming champion, at least in the championship of keeping yourself on the surface of the water. You can find lot of pictures in Internet with people floating on the water with newspaper in their hand.

Wieczorna kąpiel w Morzu Martwym / Floating on the Dead Sea
Wieczorna kąpiel w Morzu Martwym / Floating on the Dead Sea

So, I decided to float, as everyone else. My fear of water was much bigger than desire to feel how it is when you don’t need to do anything to keep yourself on the surface of water. I came into the water maximum to the level of knee, dipped in water in express time, just to feel some wet on my buttocks and… I guess I was floating, I hope, ‘cause I’m not even sure if I felt that. That was a really express time.
Anyway, Jacek was excited and he was floating on the Dead Sea every evening.

In the Dead Sea area there’s a lowest point on the earth – 429 meters below the land. When you drive the car from Karak’s Castle into the Dead Sea direction, you will pass the sign, that shows the place where sea level starts (and land level ends). Staying there and looking into the water you can really imagine how deep it is.

Znak "Poziom morza" / Sea level sign
Znak “Poziom morza” / Sea level sign

The Dead Sea is not just salty, but also very oily. When you dip at least a finger in the water or just touch one of the salty stone, you have to wash your hands. Your hand is greasy. The wind transfers the salt, so everything around the sea was very salty and greasy, even my legs were covered with a thin and white layer of salt.

Solne wybrzeże Morza Martwego / Salt on the sea coast
Solne wybrzeże Morza Martwego / Salt on the sea coast

The Dead Sea (Hebrew: יָם הַמֶּלַח, Yam ha-Melah, “Sea of Salt”, also Hebrew: יָם הַמָּוֶת, Yam ha-Mavet, “The Sea of Death”, and Arabic: البحر الميت‎‎ About this sound Al-Bahr al-Mayyit (help·info)),[4] also called the Salt Sea, is a salt lake bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel and Palestine to the west.
Source: Wikipedia

ATTRACTIONS

The biggest attraction is floating in the sea 🙂

There’s Wadi Mujib nature reserve. You can go trekking or canyoning. Just click the link so you can find contact to the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) and leaflet with tourist trails in Wadi Mujib.

ACCOMODATION

Mujib Chalets – it is run by RSCN. Chalets are located on the Dead Sea shore – each has a terrace directed into the sea, so you can observe the sunset from your terrace. Just 5 minutes walk there’s an entrance to Wadi Mujib Siq trail.

You can read our recommendation on TripAdvisor.

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