The Dead Sea is one of the most unique places we’ve visited during our travels in Jordan. It’s 427 meters below sea level and the sodium levels in the water are so high (34%!) that you can actually float. The Dead Sea does certainly live up to its name, because there’s no living thing in sight. No green, no animals, no plants, nothing. It sure is a unique experience.
Are you planning on visiting the Dead Sea in Jordan or Israel anytime soon? Read the following tips & tricks for the best experience and prepare for Jordan Dead Sea in the best way possible.
Tip 1: Book a resort if you want to float in the Dead Sea
Ok, not quite what you’d expect, especially not from me since I’m not a resort person. However, if you want to float in the Dead Sea, this is the best way to do so. The thing is: there are no villages or hostels along the shore. It’s all resorts. In addition to that, the accessible beaches “belong” to those resorts. You can get a day pass, but these are expensive (allegedly around $80 – $85). Then there’s the public beach, but this also has an entrance fee of around 20JOD (around $28) per person and the mud is often not included. In short: go for the resort. We stayed at the Mövenpick Resort & Spa.
A nice resort will set you back around $120,- per room, but it’s luxurious, you get free entrance to the beach, you can do the whole mudding thing, you’ll get access to sun beds and towels, and breakfast is included. It’s a nice treat yoself kinda thing at the end of your Jordan road trip itinerary.
Tip 2: Enjoy the healing powers of the Dead Sea
Centuries ago, people were already visiting the Dead Sea because they believed the water had magical powers. Today there are still lots of people who take special medical trips to this place, in order to cure skin diseases such as psoriasis.
The water of the Dead Sea is full of minerals such as sodium, bromide and magnesium. The mud contains those same minerals, but within a soothing clay. Both the water and mud are thought to draw out toxins, so it’s a truly soothing and healing experience. The water is a minimum of 22°C, so you can visit all throughout the year. When we were there (May 2019), the water was a whopping 29°C.
Tip 3: This is how you take a Dead Sea mud bath
Like I already mentioned, the Dead Sea mud is full of minerals. That’s why many people take a mud bath. Since you don’t want to go head under water to get your mud straight from the ocean, most resorts have a big bucket of Dead Sea mud for you to use. It’s best to float in the sea for about 10 minutes or so, just to let your body get used to it. Then you can cover yourself in mud, let it dry and rinse it off in the sea. Hello super soft skin!
Nice to know: the mud works like a natural sunblock.
Tip 4: How to swim in the Dead Sea?
Spoiler: you can’t. The water is really thick (almost oily), so it’s hard to actually swim. Also: you don’t want to get the salty water in your eyes, so being careful is important. Just walk into the water, turn around and slowly “sit down” in the sea. Tadaa; you’re floating.
Tip: take a magazine or book for that super cliché (but must-have) photo. Just show off those floatin’ skills. Here’s mine 🙂
Tip 5: Take your old swimwear
The Dead Sea is a miracle for your skin, but not so much for your swimwear. Make sure to take an old bathing suit / swim shorts / bikini when going to the Dead Sea. The mud can damage the material, leave traces on light colored swimwear, and can decrease the elasticity. Luckily I read this tip before I went to Jordan as well, so I took an old black bikini with me. The top was already bad, so I didn’t even take it back home with me. I threw it away at the resort.
Tip 6: Don’t shave before floating
Well, you CAN shave of course, but don’t do it right before going into the Dead Sea. It may sound a bit excessive at first, but the water is very very salty. The sodium levels are approximately 10 times higher than those of other seas & oceans. So yes, this hurts. Also, if you have any visible cuts or little wounds, make sure to bandage those before entering the water. And if you have invisible cuts or wounds, you will find out about them once you’ve entered the Dead Sea ;).