Floating in the Dead Sea in Jordan
Floating in the Dead Sea was one of the experiences I looked forward to the most in Jordan. It’s one of those unique travel experiences that can only be had in this tiny part of the Middle East.
The Dead Sea, named because no life can survive in it, is a big source of pride for Jordanians. It seemed like every time fish was served in a restaurant, a Jordanian would point to it and joke, “From the Dead Sea.” Soon, I was beating them to the punchline, and they laughed and laughed.
Because of the high salt content — caused by the Dead Sea being 430 meters below sea level, which causes it to evaporate faster than usual — you can’t snorkel or dive in the Dead Sea (plus, there’s no marine life to be seen), nor should you submerge your head underwater.
But you can float!
Floating in the Dead Sea could not be easier to do. The high salt content allows you to float without any effort whatsoever. I’ve even seen people read newspapers while floating in the Dead Sea!
You can float so many ways. Float on your back, float on your belly (but be prepared to do a hell of a back-bend to keep your head above water — and don’t get any of that salty, salty water in your mouth!!), even float while standing up. The Dead Sea will accommodate all kinds of floating.
After floating, it’s time for the best part: GETTING MUDDY!
The mineral-rich Dead Sea mud is world renowned for its healing properties. Supposedly, it can cure hundreds of mysterious skin ailments. Head to Sephora or any high-end beauty store and you’ll find dozens of skincare products with Dead Sea minerals.
I put it to the test. I went out to the bucket of mud and slathered it on thick all over my body.
This is not offensive, I swear!
And I was actually putting it to the test. I’ve had eczema all my life, and though it’s under control now, it flares up when I switch climates quickly (which, as you can imagine, happens frequently these days). When I was in Jordan, it was flaring up underneath my chin.
The mud hurt my eczema-afflicted skin a bit, but I left it on for the recommended 20 minutes before heading back into the Dead Sea to wash it off.
I’m glad I did — because over the next few days, the eczema dried up and flicked right off, new soft skin underneath.
I need to get more of this mud!
The Dead Sea is a popular destination for luxury spa vacations, and I could see myself taking a week to fully relax here. Imagine how good you’d look after a week of Dead Sea mud wraps!
The only thing? Be careful of the rocks. I gashed open the bottom of my left foot on a salt-encrusted rock, though I didn’t realize how severe it was until the lifeguard pointed out that I was leaving a trail of blood behind me. Thankfully, he patched me up and determined I didn’t need stitches.
Want to learn more about the Dead Sea? I did a video about it — while covered in mud, of course!
Many thanks to the Jordan Tourism Board for hosting me in Jordan. All opinions, as always, are my own.