The Dead Sea is one of the world’s most curious phenomenon. Located 420 meters below sea level, it’s the lowest dry land on Earth. The salinity level, at 30% is 8.6 times saltier than the ocean. This salty lake that is bordered between Israel and Jordan is a contender for the New 7 Wonders of Nature.
Naturally, it’s on my list of gotta go to while I’m in Israel or Jordan as I’m visiting both countries. Since my friend in Jerusalem offered to take me, I went to Dead Sea in Israel. Masada and Ein Gedi are the two most suggested places to go to the Dead Sea when I was planning, but because it’s really far from Jerusalem, and we were only doing a day trip, we went to Kalia beach, about half and hour drive from Jerusalem center.
Due to the high salinity of the Dead Sea, it makes anyone float effortlessly. I tried to sink (of course) but it just flips you over! So how salty is it? Like I told my sisters, it’s saltier than if you put a spoonful of salt in your mouth. I tasted it (of course!). I dabbed a drop on my tongue and it stung. You won’t even associate the sensation with saltiness, more like something cutting your tongue!
Ladies be forewarned (I was), so you’re going the beach and parade in your bikini, so you may naturally decide to shave your legs and various areas, think again. I had a small cut in my fingers and it stung! I can only imagine what it will feel like with million of mini cuts. And I guess, needless to say, do not dip your face into the water. But for some reason, my friend did, and was crying for a long time.
I didn’t know that there’s a standard touristic photo of reading a book while floating the dead sea, sayang. So I only had this photo.
And this. It is believed that the mud in the dead sea has therapeutic benefits. So everyone is busy covering themselves. You dig the mud from the sea floor. It’s actually difficult to come out of the water because of the soft mud. Anyway, you’ll manage. :)
I saw some of the photos of Dead Sea with beautiful salt crystal formation. I promised to go back to Jordan so I’ll visit that side of the Dea Sea. They don’t have it in the side of Israel, but they do have this — land mines. :)
Treat yourself to a Dead Sea experience – it will make you feel alive! – popular quote in the dead sea