Floating in the Dead Sea is an experience you can’t miss when travelling through Jordan. With almost 10 times more salt than in the ocean it is impossible not to float. Moreover, it is also the place where every single person can float without fearing for their lives. Even though it is called the Dead Sea it is actually a salt lake located in between Jordan and Israel. The Dead Sea is known as the lowest point on earth at around 400m below sea level. Besides floating in the sea, you would also like to chase some of the best salt formations of the area.
The best way to search for unusual salt formations is of course with a drone. Dead Sea has plenty of bizarre structures.
Dead Sea Tree of Life
What we found was absolutely stunning and unbelievable. There was indeed a tree in the middle of The Dead Sea. However, it wasn’t floating at all, it was perched and rooted into a beautiful salt formation, which had spawned more than a hundred yards from the shore.And where did the tree come from actually? Dead Sea cannot support any life obviously so the tree had been put there as an art installation showcasing how the Dead Sea is shrinking (dying) due to climate changes. The local artist took care of it paddle boarding to the island and adding some mud with minerals every other day.
Another one of Mother Nature’s marvelous creations. These round salt islands are located so close to the short that you can easily walk up to them withouth getting wet from the waist up. The best time to photograph them is right after sunrise when the water is calm and the light is soft. Also the sun shines from the perfect direction to highlight the salty texture of the bottom. In the afternoon when the sun hides behind the mountains the effect will not be as striking. This goes for all of the salt formations on the israeli side of the Dead Sea.
This one has a very unusual shape. We decided it looks like a baloon but of course you are welcome to have your own ideas. It is not too far from the shore, however you will for sure need water shoes to get closer. Then again, this goes for every place on this list because the salt is incredibly sharp and ready to cut your skin ASAP.
Or just the salty pathway leading you deeper into Dead Sea waters. This one is extremely cool and you can get there almost without getting your feet wet. It is around 20 metres long and looks great from the air.
Finding a nice looking beach by the Dead Sea is not the easiest of tasks. The official ones are right next to the hotels and they are nicely equipped but they also attract crowds. Thanks to its crazy salt levels Dead Sea created an alternative salty beach. Unfortunately, it is not the beach where you can just lay and chill because it is way too painful. However it is a feast for the eyes for sure!