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Secrets of a Dead Sea

“No one swims in a Dead Sea …”


I’m dozing in a mini-bus when beam Paule Kedem-Rakower starts to fill me and my colleagues in on one of Israel’s tip attractions.

We are, in fact, en track to a Dead Sea — for a float — so her matter jolts me entirely awake. Perhaps we have misunderstood.

“You can’t unequivocally call what people do in a Dead Sea swimming,” Kedem-Rakower continues. “Floating, yes. Dipping, yes. Wading, yes. But not unequivocally swimming.”

The super-salty H2O — roughly 10 times saltier than any sea — is so expansive it’s roughly unfit to indeed swim, she says

But whatever we call it, a dump in a Dead Sea is high on many traveller’s bucket lists.

Kedem-Rakower’s attestation is a commencement of a small educational on what many call a “world’s largest healthy spa” and how we can make a many of a revisit there.

Departing progressing that morning from Jerusalem, we have already stopped during a pointer imprinting “Sea Level.” Not surprisingly, an forward internal is station prepared with his camel for print opportunities (15 shekels, about $5.75).

We will deplane another 430.5 metres by hilly desert-like turf before reaching a shores of a Dead Sea — a lowest land betterment on Earth — Kedem-Rakower says.

And while it’s called a “sea,” it’s unequivocally a vast lake bordered by Israel, Jordan and a West Bank. Its categorical run is a Jordan River.

The sea — that is roughly 50-km-long, 16-km-wide and 304-metres-deep — lies during a bottom of a Jordan Rift Valley, an huge basin shaped millions of years ago.

The water’s high salt and vegetable calm have combined a antagonistic sourroundings for plants and animals, so we will not confront any fish, waterbugs, seaweed or any other vital thing in a Dead Sea, Kedem-Rakower says.

We may, however, find a salt crystals, that mostly build adult on rocks along a seaside and on a sea-bed, tough on a feet.

Kedem-Rakower advises wading into a sea, afterwards “sitting down” solemnly in a comfortable H2O and kindly recumbent a top bodies until we are floating on a backs.

Under no resources should we dive, dash or put a faces into a water, she warns. While a salt and minerals will make a skin feel silky smooth, we should equivocate removing it into a eyes or mouths as it will bake proposal tissues. Swallowing a H2O is also a vast no-no. While one swig won’t kill you, it is poisonous in vast concentrations, Kedem-Rakower says.

There are several open beaches along a Dead Sea, where we can only take a dump on your own, yet we have requisitioned a day package during a Premier Dead Sea Spa review nearby Ein Bokek. The review provides towels and has a good beach, changerooms, indoor and outside showers, lockers and a restaurant.

The towels — many of that demeanour as if whiten has been spilled on them — are a idea to a water’s rather antacid properties.

Kedem-Rakower advises us to showering and entirely rinse a swimsuits after a dip.

We see several women squeeze packets of Dead Sea sand and slather it all over their bodies before rinsing it off in a sea to serve raise a advantages to a skin.

But fervent for a knowledge to begin, we abandon a sand and, after changing into a swimsuits, run down to a water’s corner like vehement small children on a final day of school.

We are not disappointed.


1. Avoid striking and don’t put your conduct in a water. we splashed a little dump in one eye and can endorse it stings like crazy. If we do get it in your eyes, rinse entirely with uninformed water.

2. Don’t swallow a water.

3. Wear H2O boots — generally if we have proposal feet like we do. Bring sunscreen.

4. When floating, even a peaceful call can flip we over. Don’t be astounded if we have difficulty putting your feet behind down on a sea bottom or feel lunatic when wading. Although it looks like normal water, it’s many some-more dense.

5. After a dip, notice how a H2O beads on your skin roughly like oil, and takes perpetually to evaporate, even on a comfortable balmy day. My skin felt silky well-spoken for days after.

6. Wear an aged swimsuit. Even yet my showering fit had formerly been ragged in a chlorinated swimming pool, and we rinsed it afterward, a colours ran.


— The Dead Sea is fast shrinking. In a past 3 decades, a H2O turn has receded some-more than 25 metres. To pull courtesy to a sea’s frail state and a need for protection, a organisation of 30 “extreme” swimmers from around a universe recently swam a 16 km opposite a Dead Sea from Jordan to Israel. The swimmers were given with special full-face snorkel masks, that authorised them to put their faces in a water, yet stable their eyes and mouths.

— World famous for a health properties, people have been visiting a Dead Sea given ancient times. In further to a salt calm aloft than 30% (ocean H2O is about 3.5%), Dead Sea H2O is abounding in minerals including magnesium, calcium and potassium. It has been touted as a diagnosis for all from psoriasis to arthritis.


Masada National Park is not distant from a Dead Sea and good value a visit. Allow an whole morning or afternoon to debate a busted fortress, that dates behind to 37 BC, and is an fast pitch of Jewish insurgency opposite oppression.

Steeped in story and tragedy, Masada is where 987 Jews are believed to have committed mass self-murder rather than be deferential by Roman soldiers.

Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, there is a caller centre, an interactive museum, and an audio-visual display on a reduce level. But a mountain-top outpost is a categorical eventuality and visitors can transport adult a circuitous slight pathway called “the snake” or take a wire car, that is wheelchair-accessible.

Once there, we can see a hull of King Herod’s palace, a Roman character bath-house with a mosaic building and other buildings, as good as an ancient H2O system, swimming pools and more. The unconditional views over a empty landscape and a Dead Sea are simply breathtaking.


— Our organisation of 6 reporters was invited to debate Israel by a folks from Air Transat. The airline is rising approach anniversary flights from Montreal to Tel Aviv on Jun 18 and is fervent to uncover off a newest destination. Airfares are rival (but change depending on transport dates) and Toronto passengers will be means to directly bond to one moody during Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport. Transat also has guided tours and one-week vacation packages. For full sum and pricing, see transat.com.

— In further to a iconic eremite sites and a Dead Sea, Israel has a resources of other attractions. The Israel Government Tourist Office in Toronto has endless information about visiting a country. Contact 416-964-3784 or revisit www.israel.travel.

— To hit Kedem-Rakower, see krpaule@hotmail.com.


Israel has camp to fit many budgets — from hostels to Jerusalem’s ultra-luxurious premier King David Hotel. In Jerusalem, we stayed during a stylish Inbal Hotel, that is within walking stretch of many attractions. See inbalhotel.com.




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