Joining Israel and Jordan, is a world-renowned body of water, which is the lowest point on the planet earth, is the saltiest water body, has the most mineral-laden water, and goes by the name the Dead Sea. Though the name is a little scary, yet it is best known for its legendary skin healing qualities. This little place has been exploited for ages for its skin friendly properties, but the extreme salinity of the water here has its own drawbacks.
Swimming for one is completely impossible and the reaction of this water with any of your cuts and rashes drives you into agony. This sea is circumferenced by mountains on the east and with the rolling hills of Jerusalem on the west, making it beautiful beyond words. The buoyancy that this water lends to any weight including the weight of a human body is the biggest attraction of this place. Everything said and done this place is among the world’s most amazing places.
The Unforgettable Dead Sea in Jordan
Travel Details And Tips To Visit The Dead Sea
How to Reach There
The Jordanian side of the Dead Sea takes about a day’s trip from Amman, Petra and Aquaba.
From Amman: You can take a taxi from Amman to the Dead Sea. Many local hotels and resorts have shuttles that travel from Amman for free. You can also opt for the local buses that have daily runs from Amman.
From Petra: There are no buses, but you can go in for the cab services. The road is well built.
From Aquaba: A taxi can be hired for the whole day to reach the place and get back to Aquaba in time.
Itinerary for Dead Sea
Start the Jordan experience with the hotel transfer from the airport to your hotel in Amman. Check-in and enjoy the dinner at the hotel, spend the evening at leisure and sleep overnight.
Visit and explore Petra and head for the Dead Sea
Take the breakfast at hotel and head by a taxi to Petra. The stunning landscapes of Petra make for an astounding sight. Enjoy the Nabatean City, walk along the Narrow Siq, witness the jaw-dropping El-Khazneh and visit the rock built theatre here.
After exploring Petra, head back to the taxi and drive off for the Dead Sea. Spend the evening and stay overnight at a hotel near the sea.
Enjoy the sea and head back to Amman
Start your day with a good breakfast at your hotel, and head for the Dead Sea. Enjoy the rest of the morning and the early afternoon experiencing the surreal buoyancy of it. Laze on the beach and head back to the hotel for lunch. After lunch, check out of the hotel and head back to Amman or directly to the Amman Queen Alia Airport, depending upon your flight schedule.
Tips to Visit
- Don’t shave for at least two days before entering into the water, as any wounds, cuts or sores deeply agonize when they come in contact with the salt water of the sea. If you have any such sores or wounds, wrap them up nicely so they don’t sting.
- Do not put your face in the water.
- Take pictures before entering the water.
- Get acclimated first. Step into the shallow waters of the sea and squish the sand on the floor with your feet first, before entering the water to see how the skin reacts to the water.
- Beware of rocks under the sea. There are rocks on the seabed, so it is best to be walking carefully avoiding all these rocks and stones.
- Move slowly. Try your best to walk as slowly as possible, so that you don’t have the water splashing into your eyes, which may hurt deeply.
- Do not reach the place without wearing your bathing suit. The onsite changing rooms are a task to get into.
- Wear an old bathing suit. The water discolours many clothes, so make sure you wear an old bathing suit.
- Rinse what you are wearing. Even after all the precautions, it is extremely hard to rid the swimsuits of the salts in them, so make sure you rinse what you wear right after you come out of the water.
- Float only on your back. One of the basic rules, if a person tries to float on the stomach there is a high chance of drowning.
- Wear waterproof sandals.
Interesting Things/Facts About the Dead Sea
- The Dead Sea in Jordon is actually not a sea, it is a lake made up of 30% of salt.
- It is the lowest place on earth, with its altitude being 427 feet below sea level.
- The salts of this sea are known to cure many skin conditions and helps with respiratory problems also.
- The mud is used in spa treatments in many spas along the shoreline.
- This huge water body receives a lot of incoming rivers including the River Jordan, but once the waters reach the lake they become landlocked, so they evaporate and the dense minerals reserves of the Dead Sea are replenished.
- This is the saltiest lake on the planet.
- Owing to its extreme salinity, it is bereft of any sea life.
Other Relevant Information
- The east coast of Jordan has developed into quite an attraction for both religion, and health and wellness tourism. Resulting in great natural and spiritual significance of the place.
- The Dead Sea is warm, soothing and at least 10 times saltier than seawater.
- The sea has been visited since the ancient times (it has been visited by King Herod the great and queen Cleopatra of Egypt) for its magnificent black mud which is rich in salts like magnesium, sodium, potassium, bromine and others.
- The magnificent Mud of the sea is sold and can be purchased in the packets in the shops around the sea. Some other handicrafts and cultural artifacts can also be bought from the nearby souvenir shops.
- On the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea, both Arabic and English are spoken.
Have an experience of a lifetime when you visit and bathe in the Dead Sea in Jordan. One of the most spectacular workings of Mother Nature, this lake is a must visit. Share your experiences and knowledge of the same in the comments section below.