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The Dead Sea - swimming, floating and relaxing in Dead Sea salt

Updated on December 16, 2010

On any trip to Israel, a visit to the Dead Sea is unmissable. I've visited Israel 7 times now, and been to the Dead Sea on 6 of those holidays.

I've been with my partner, my parents, and latterly, my small son. And we've all enjoyed it hugely each time we've gone there.

It's unlike anything else in the world. It has a number of unique features - the lowest point in the world (in terms of feet / metres below sea level), the concentration of minerals and salts in the water, and the astonishing scenery and surroundings.

This article is about the pleasure and experience of visiting the Dead Sea on the Israeli side of the waters.

A few Dead Sea facts

A few facts and figures about this amazing place:

  • The name, "Dead Sea" is actually gentle compared with its name in Hebrew - Yam ha Maved, which means, "Killer Sea";
  • The surface of the Dead Sea is 1,385 ft, or 422 metres, below sea level;
  • The Dead Sea salt is hostile to fish, animals, and even small creatures. Fish which end up in the Dead Sea from the Jordan River die quickly;
  • The concentration of salts and minerals in the Dead Sea is caused by the inflow of fresh water, no out-flow, and evaporation, which causes the salts to get left in the water;
  • The concentration of Dead Sea salt, or the salinity, is about 8 times normal ocean saltiness (33.7% salt and minerals);
  • The salinity means that the water is much denser than normal sea-water, causing people to float much higher in the water than in a lake or the sea;
  • The Dead Sea is 42 miles long, and a maximum of 11 miles wide, with Israel on one side of it, and Jordan on the other.


A satellite picture of the Dead Sea, taken in 1989 by NASA (in the public domain)
A satellite picture of the Dead Sea, taken in 1989 by NASA (in the public domain)

The journey from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea

This is one of the most astonishing road journeys I've ever been on. Jerusalem is on high ground - the Old City is 2,500 above sea level.

So as you go from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea, the road just keeps on going down, down, and down some more, a total of nearly 4,000 feet down in about an hour's drive.

The scenery is spectacular, too. It's dry, arid, and beautiful, with stunning sedimentary rocks showing either side of the road.

The rock planes are often quite twisted, showing the amazing force which generated the rocks.

As you pass sea level, there is a handy blue-tiled marker at the side of the road.

Dead Sea beach, Israel. (c) this writer
Dead Sea beach, Israel. (c) this writer

How to enjoy Dead Sea mud and bathing

There are a number of beaches and access points to the Dead Sea on the Israeli side, where you can rest on the beach, cover yourself with Dead Sea mud, exfoliate yourself with Dead Sea salt, shower, get drinks and food, and, of course, bathe in the salty waters.

The two we've most often visited are the Ein Gedi spa, and the Mineral Beach.

At each place, you pay about £4 ($6) to get into the site, and can then use their facilities, including changing rooms and toilets.

You can get towels if you leave a deposit, or bring your own, as you please.

Once in your swimming costume, at both sites there are paths down to the beach, which is equipped with chairs, sunloungers, parasols, and lot of salt, mud and rocks.

In the summer, these are VERY HOT, and you'll need to wear sandals or your feet will hurt.

The beaches are rocky and salty, so it's a pretty good idea to wear flip-flops or sandals at any time of year.

The Dead Sea from Masada (photo is in the public domain)
The Dead Sea from Masada (photo is in the public domain)

Covering yourself in Dead Sea mud, salts, and minerals

The most common first step after changing into your swimming costume is to coat yourself in Dead Sea mud, all over your body, apart from around your mouth and eyes.

It's not rocket science, you just slap the stuff all over yourself, including your head and hair if you are so minded.

At the Mineral Beach, there are sink holes near the sea with mud of different viscosity and temperature, and at Ein Gedi, they've scooped mud up and put it in large containers.

After covering your whole body in mud, you then get to stand around on the beach as a mud monster, looking scary, for about 10 to 15 minutes while the mud dries.

You can also exfoliate (gently!) with Dead sea salt - the mud contains salt granules, and if you massage your skin gently, it exfoliates as well as the other benefits. I wouldn't try this on your face, though.

People covered in drying mud, on the beach by the shoreline of the Dead Sea, Israel. (c) this writer
People covered in drying mud, on the beach by the shoreline of the Dead Sea, Israel. (c) this writer

Bathing in the Dead Sea's mineral-salty waters

Once the mud is dry, you head for the sea. At all the resorts and beaches, there are life guards and ropes strung across the water to stop you going too far out.

The water is warm (in winter) and hot bath-like (in summer), so there's none of that English-seaside-holiday, "it's lovely once you're in!" pleasure.

As you go into the sea, you're likely to discover tiny cuts and grazes you didn't know you had, because they'll sting like mad for a minute or so. Those people unwise enough to shave any part of their bodies or faces on the day they go in the Dead Sea will regret it - it'll make you go "ouch"!

Don't get it in your eyes, and if a drop does go in an eye, don't do the instinctive thing and rub your eye, it'll sting more if you do that. Just wait for your eye to wash itself clean.The Dead Sea salt won't damage your eyes or anything, don't worry about that. It just hurts if you get it in your eyes!

Splashing in the Dead Sea is very anti-social, don't do it if you want to make friends and influence people.

On the plus side, though, any cuts heal amazingly fast after a dip in the Dead Sea. I cut my foot quite hard on my way into the waters on my first visit there, and while it hurt like mad for a minute or two, I've never had a cut heal so fast.

You can't swim in the sea, you'll be too buoyant. But you can float amazingly well, and far higher out of the water than in any sea, lake or swimming pool you've ever been in. It's wonderfully relaxing, and one of the most romantic experiences in my life so far is floating hand in hand with my other half while the sun set over the hills.

The water doesn't feel like normal water, it's much more oily feeling, but not at all unpleasant. Rather, it soothes and cradles your body.

After you've had enough, or been thrown out at closing time, there are fresh water showers on the beach near the sea (colder than the sea, so very refreshing in summer) and more showers and toilets in the changing blocks at the top of the beach.

Both Ein Gedi and the Mineral Beach also have hot-water sulphur pools, with the water in them coming not from the Dead Sea, but from mineral-rich springs which feed into the sea. These are a wonderful experience after the Dead Sea itself.

Child on the Mineral Beach at the Dead Sea, Israel (c) this writer
Child on the Mineral Beach at the Dead Sea, Israel (c) this writer

The after-effects of Dead Sea mud, salts and minerals

Each time I've been to the Dead Sea, it's left me feeling incredibly relaxed and soothed.

I've rarely slept as well and deeply as after bathing in the Dead Sea salt waters, and while not been up to much in the evening following a day there, the next day I've bounced out of bed bursting with energy.

Which is a total contrast to my normal "crawl-out-of-bed-where-is-my-tea" state of morning being!

It also makes your skin feel amazing, soft, refreshed, and moisturised for up to a couple of weeks afterwards.

As an overall experience, I can't recommend it highly enough.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 7 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      This is so interesting. it sounds wonderful. What a good description you gave. Thanks, LG

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      Pete Maida 7 years ago

      You have some great facts in this hub. I said this before that I think HubPages should gather hubs like these and make them available to schools for report information for the students. That is a good tip about not shaving before going in the water. I can imagine that would sting big time.

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      Bala Subrahmanyam Vishnubhotla 7 years ago from Hyderabad, Telangana, India.

      Very likable and informative Hub. It was as though we were there!

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      LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

      Thanks for reading, all, glad you enjoyed it!

      My OH shaved once in the morning before he went, as a teenager. He's never done it again (-:

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      Smart Dad 7 years ago from Northampton

      Sounds like you had a great time too

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      Susan Keeping 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      What a great hub...cute kid there :)

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      LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

      WE did indeed have a great time - and Isaac's all right, in small doses, if you like that kind of thing (-:

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      Reena Daruwalla 7 years ago from INDIA

      These dead sea products are really lovely. My husband got me a bag full and the last thing i do before getting into bed is pamper myself with them. A little foot massage with the foot cream, some of that hand cream.... I have yet to go someplace that has a tub so I can enjoy the bath salts as well :)

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks for sharing such a wonderful experience. I am ready to go now. So well written!

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      bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Another great article about a unique topic. Thanks for the read.

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      KatieE39 7 years ago from Colorado

      Very interesting!

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      RVDaniels 7 years ago from Athens, GA

      at yefa A good hub.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Interesting Hub.

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      Brian Stephens 7 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      I like your mix of interesting information and practical advice in this hub, as usual very well written and another place I now want to visit.

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      Elena. 7 years ago from Madrid

      Hello, LG! So that's where you've been hanging? :-) I've heard this thing about feeling like a buoy, but never quite told in the romantic way you did :-) Great hub, glad to see you back!

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      Joanna McKenna 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Finally! A place where it doesn't matter if one has a tan or not because you'll be covered in mud! But who started that practice??

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      Sufidreamer 7 years ago from Sparti, Greece

      Good to see you back - it sounds like you had a wonderful time there. Yet another fantastic and interesting Hub - it makes me want to jump on a plane!

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      LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

      Reena - I too stock up whenever we go to Israel - mud cleansing lotion, in my case, and face moisturiser are my faves!

      Emo and Brian - you should go, it's wonderful.

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      LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

      Katie, RV and Sandy - glad you enjoyed it! It's a fantastic place.

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      LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

      bg and Brian - glad you enjoyed it! It's a unique place, and someone everyone should visit at least once, I reckon.

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      Sheila 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

      Thoroughly great read -- I've always wondered what it would feel like to float in the Dead Sea, as I'm petrified of water (literally -- scared I'll sink like a stone). You make it sound very relaxing. Sounds like a good trip, all around.

      Cute photo of Isaac -- he looks like a lovely, cheeky little bugger! And speaking of cheeky buggers, in the facts capsule it says "42 miles long, and a maximum of 11 feet wide" -- which doesn't seem all that wide!

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      shamelabboush 7 years ago

      I've been to Jordan but didn't visit the dead sea. People say, like yourself, that this sea has a healing power for containg high concentrations of salt and minerals. A friend of mine once brought me some beach mud from there. I applied it on my skin and, believe me, it felt so soft and live! Thanks for the info dear.

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      LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

      Elena and Sufi - we slipped abroad for a while, me, my mother, my OH, and Isaac. We stayed in Jerusalem, went to the Dead Sea, and attended an Orthodox wedding, which was great fun!

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      LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

      Jama - history of the Dead Sea as a spa coming soon (-:

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      Jerilee Wei 7 years ago from United States

      Another place added to my travel list. Looking forward to your history of the Dead Sea.

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      Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

      LondonGirl, I've never heard anyone call it "Yam Hamavet" -- which literally means "The Sea od Death." Israelis call it "Yam Hamelach" -- 'The Salt Sea".

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      mulberry1 7 years ago

      Interesting. I think of the ocean as being too drying for my poor skin but maybe this would be good for it. Thanks for the education and glad you had a great time!

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      Eidul Ameen Bin Sahul Hamid 7 years ago from Part Buntar, Malaysia

      Very nice hubpages, does anyone have ideas how the dead sea was formed ?

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      advisor4qb 7 years ago from On New Footing

      Awesome hub! I would LOVE to go there!

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      pgrundy 7 years ago

      I want to go! Thanks for writing this. I love travel hubs. :)

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      LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

      Teresa - you can't sink in the Dead Sea. It's not possible, you more sit on it than float in it! And thanks for the 11 feet mistake, I've corrected it.

      Shame - if you go again to Jordan, or to Israel, you really should go to the Dead Sea, it's a wonderful experience.

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      LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

      Jerilee - I'd better get on and write it, then!

      Aya, I got that word for it from OH's great-uncle, I'll double check with him.

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      LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

      Mulberry, the Dead Sea isn't at all drying. I have very dry skin, and it feels moisturised and refreshed for at least at fortnight after bathing in the Dead Sea.

      Probyte - that subject will be considered shortly in another hub, glad you enjoyed this one!

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      LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

      advisor and pgrundy, stick it on your travel-to-do list, you won't regret it, promise!

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      BristolBoy 7 years ago from Bristol

      A place I would have considered going before reading this hub and now I want to go even more. I never knew before about the inability for swimming - you learn something new every day! Also do you know what those pools are in the NASA photo towards the bottom of the picture. Look like salt harvesting ponds to me but you probably know better than me! Thanks for writing - it definitely was a good read as always.

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      LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

      Thanks BB - glad you enjoyed it! It is a wonderful place.

      You can't have normal boats on the Dead Sea, either, the boyancy means they just roll over. The Israelis have one specially modified boat, I think, but that's it.

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      Roberta Kyle 7 years ago from Central New Jersey

      ummmm thanks for this LG-- I felt llike I was there with you-- all that delicious detail and like pg, I want to go, but I guess I'll make do with some dead sea bath salts for the moment LOL

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      LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

      You should go some time, though, when you get the chance!

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      brownlickie 7 years ago

      I remember being taught about the dead sea in school and I remember thinking it was pretty neat that you could not sink. Over the years, I thought someone had said to me it had dried up. This is not true according to your amazing hub that gave me more information on the area than any thing I have read before. Well done! regards Brownlickie

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      LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

      Hi Brown - there is less of it than there used to be, but there's an awful lot left, or at least, there was last week when I was in it!

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      Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

      LG,

      Now this is very interesting, this is definitely one of the places I should like to visit when I am done with school and able to travel. As always, wonderful, and informative hub.

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      LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

      Thanks very much - you should definitely put it on your list!

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I do not know how to swim, so I probably would not try the swimming in the Dead Sea. We have a lesser known sea here in Southern California called the Salton Sea, which is exaporating over time, and many people do like to bathe in it, although it is not very popular because it is salty.

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      Army Infantry Mom 7 years ago

      Thanks for making it feel as if I was there on vacation with you,...Great hub and I agree with Pete - Hubs like these should be passed on to educate student's. Your hubs just amaze me !!!

      So where are we going on our next vacation ? LOL

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      LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

      Sweetie Pie - you can't actually swim in the Dead Sea, it's too boyant. You can only float on top of it and do a rather inelegant and ineffective doggy paddle. You certainly can't sink! How come you can't swim?

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      LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

      Army Mom, I'm sorry to say I've not yet finished boring you with Israel! We are going to Cornwall in September, though.

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      marcofratelli 7 years ago from Australia

      I've always heard stories about the Dead Sea but have never actually been there. I'm from a middle eastern background but was born in australia and have never ventured to that region (because of all the violence etc, yeah wimpy i know). So after having gone there 7 times, that could explain your beautiful complexion! ;)

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      LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

      You should go! You don't have to go to Gaza or Ramalla (neither is a good idea right now) but most of Israel's perfectly safe, and a low crime rate, too.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Fascinating article about a unique place on this earth. As always, well said. Cute boy, too! Thanks.

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      Wendy Krick 7 years ago from Maryland

      What a wonderful lens. I want to go!

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      Jiten88 7 years ago

      great stuff!

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      LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

      Hi James - glad you found it interesting! Isaac's OK, in small doses. If you like that kind of thing........

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      LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

      Wendy and Jit, glad you enjoyed it! It's a wonderful place, you certainly should go when you can.

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      Camping Dan 7 years ago

      This is something I definitly want to do sometime!

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      LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

      You should go for it - there is also wonderful walking and hiking around the Dead Sea.

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      iyoung03 7 years ago from OH

      ok now I want to go to the Dead Sea!!

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      LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

      You should - it's an amazing experience!

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      Jennifer 7 years ago from Canada

      I use a body polishing glow which contains dead sea salts in my spa. It works great! Gives the skin a very healthy glow and makes the skin very smooth!

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      LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

      Dead sea stuff is great for the skin - I have some, too.

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      Marketing Truth 7 years ago

      Your hub was very interesting, it was as if I was on the beach. Thanks and best wishes.

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      LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

      Glad you enjoyed it, thanks for reading.

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      kiwi91 7 years ago from USA

      The Dead Sea is a strange place. I can't imagine heading into the water and not being able to swim. The ocean heals a lot of skin ailments, so I'd imagine the salinity of the Dead Sea would be great for the skin. Very interesting hub.

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      Robubba 7 years ago

      When people hear the Dead Sea dried up, they probably just misheard it down the grapevine.  It is however lowering about 3 feet every year, Ever concentrating the sea even further.

      The waters are also great on acne. =P

      I would suppose the air would be very pleasant as well.

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      LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

      Hi Kiwi - it is great for the skin. As an English girl, with lots of sea-swimming under my belt, being unable to swim, and being on top of the water rather than under it, felt very odd indeed the first couple of times!

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      Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

      Thanks for this write-up. I hope to get there someday!

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      LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

      Hi Robubba - you are right, the Dead Sea's water level is lower than it used to be, but there's still a lot of water there!

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      LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

      Tom - you should, and not just the Dead Sea, there's a wealth of fascination nearby, too

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      Dalisha Hartley 7 years ago

      I love your page and I enjoy reading and looking at your Hub

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      LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

      Thanks Dalisha, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      ReuVera 7 years ago from USA

      LondonGirl, you know how I love Israel and everything there. I am envious that not me wrote this hub. LOL. Oh my, your guy is growing fast.

      Great first hand description. Last time I was there the sea looked shrinking and this process is going fast, sadly.... I like Ein Gedi beach because you can scoop mud there just from the shore, but it's too stony there.... But there you can pick up huge pieces of salt. We even managed to take some with us overseas (put them into luggage and everything went smooth) and one big piece my son gave as a present to his science teacher.

      I agree, Israeli call the sea Yam Hamelach (Salt Sea), this is an official geographic name in Hebrew, but I heard the other name too (Sea of Death) in speech. It's from some song, about Ein Gedi, if I remember right. I'll check it.

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      ReuVera 7 years ago from USA

      Yep, this is the song- http://www.hebrewsongs.com/?SongID=2564

      So, your knowledge from a first hand Israeli (your OH's great uncle :-)) was relevant.

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      LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

      RueVera, I'm glad you enjoyed it! And I'm glad OH's great-uncle wasn't entirely wrong (-: Did you see the companion to this hub, about the history of the Dead Sea as a spa and medical treatment centre?

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      ReuVera 7 years ago from USA

      Going to check it out :-)

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      fen lander 7 years ago from Whitstable

      I'd love to experience that floaty thing. I live by the seaside in Whitstable, Kent, and love being in the water. You and your O.H. should try our waters here. Not as floaty but clean and near the pub. I've written a blog about Whitstable, and there's a few other articles by CJ Stone about the place too.... it's more than the water.... and not very far from London

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      Robubba 7 years ago

      What is interesting is that someone can "recreate" a dead sea by digging a hole in the Sahara, and placing a pipe that runs from the Mediterranean into that pit. It wouldn't take long at all to get pretty darn salinated. Since there's less air pressure. And drier air. The plus side is that it might return more moisture into that arid area. But who would honestly do that? hehe.

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      Imagin8tion 7 years ago

      This sounds so beautiful!

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      Sujo Alex 7 years ago from Bangalore

      Sounds like fun

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      Moon Daisy 7 years ago from London

      I've been to Israel and the Dead Sea a few times and you're right, it's not like anything I'd experienced before. It's so weird being able to float in water without any effort at all (in fact standing up afterwards is what requires the effort!) And it is very relaxing indeed.

      So much so that I've tried floating in a floatation tank a couple of times for the same kind of experience. (It is just as relaxing, but without the sunshine, lovely atmosphere and all the other people!)

      Thanks for the great hub, which brought back lots of nice memories.

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      Gary Eby 7 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

      Wow! Beautiful hub, great writing, soothing images. Thanks so much for sharing. Hope you will visit my new hub about cruising: http://hubpages.com/hub/ebywaycruise. Enjoy...Gary.

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      awsydney 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks London Girl, I really enjoyed this hub. Always wanted to know more about the Dead Sea and great to see real life photos. Cheers.

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      Lgali 7 years ago

      another excellent hub thanks How are u doing ?

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      gipseejade 7 years ago

      I was wondering if anyone has ever heard of putting a few grains of salt and drinking it-for the minerals-seems like it would be great and alot cheaper than buying supplements/

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      bath angel 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience in the Dead sea.

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      hari 7 years ago

      not bad cheapest and save money

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      couponalbum 7 years ago from Sunnyvale, CA

      Very interesting hub. what a cool idea! Liked your other hubs too. Joining your fanclub and would like to invite you to join mine.

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      dealrocker 6 years ago from California

      Enjoyed this hub! Very interesting facts about dead sea. I didn't knew some of them. I am your fan now. Would you be joining me too?

      Looking forward for your e-mail or comments on my hubs. :)

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      Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      LG that was touching about your hand holding experience--I'm also very impressed with your narrative abilities. Wonderful hub. =:)

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      Torry 6 years ago

      I just came back from Jordan . Went to the dead sea . I have to say it was hands down the most fascinating place I've seen in my life. Am from Australia I've been to almost 45 different cities in the world but the dead sea and Amman (oh well Jordan) is by far my favorite place in the world.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      LondonGirl,

      I thought I knew everything about the water - boy, did you teach me! Putting mud on your body after your bikini costume - wow! Now I have added another place on my radar.

      Your hub as always excellent - the photos and the explanations - you are terrific once again. Keep up the fantastic work!

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      LondonGirl,

      I thought I knew everything about the water - boy, did you teach me! Putting mud on your body after your bikini costume - wow! Now I have added another place on my radar.

      Your hub as always excellent - the photos and the explanations - you are terrific once again. Keep up the fantastic work!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      LOVE your hub about the Dead Sea. I've never been but I do dream of visiting some day.

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      Karen 4 years ago

      The hebrew name is Yam HaMelach, which means salt sea (not killer sea).

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      shelpeare 2 years ago

      Interesting article! It reminds me of the Sodom story of Gen. 19 which has the Dead Sea as its backdrop. By the way, there are those who say that the word "sodium" really came from the word "Sodom" and it is believable too because Lot's wife turned to salt in Gen. 19 in the same area.

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      christinsword 2 years ago

      The Dead Sea is disappearing but there are plans in the works to restore it. Hopefully, they come to fruition so that future generations can experience it. Great hub, and voted up! https://hubpages.com/travel/The-Disappearing-Dead-...

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