One of the most unique experiences the Dead Sea has to offer is fun, free and available everywhere!
Floating in the Dead Sea is a must do on your list!
Just lay back, relax and enjoy this natural phenomenon.
The minute your feet and legs are in the water you feel as if they are being pushed up.
As your whole body enters the water you feel your body become lighter and more buoyant.
Just lay back and allow your body to float.
This is a relaxing experience, relieving you of stress and allowing your whole body to just rest.
Actually floating in the Dead Sea is the only thing you can do.
Because of the buoyancy you can’t swim, because of the salt you can’t dive, we recommend you bring a book or newspaper, relax and enjoy!
Why does this happen?
The water of the Dead Sea is six times saltier than any other body of water on earth.
The concentration of salt reaches 31%.
The extremely high concentration of dissolved mineral salts in the water causes the water to be denser than that of plain fresh water. Since our body weight is lighter (less dense) than the density of the water, our body is more buoyant in the Dead Sea, making it easy to float.
Think of it this way, in fresh water our body doesn’t float at all, we actually sink. In the ocean we start feeling buoyancy and we float a bit, in the Dead Sea the water is so dense you float easily even to the point that it’s hard to stand on two feet .
We recommend you don’t dive into the water, soak you head (face) in the water or enter if you have any open cuts, and remember NOT to shave or wax the same day.
Please note that the written above is only a recommendation. Visitors should always
bathe in official Dead Sea beaches and when lifeguards are on duty.
Always use cautious when floating in the Dead Sea as you would in any other body of water.
Never allow children to enter the water alone, always have adult supervision.
Visit our Beaches page to see a complete list of beaches around the Dead Sea.