Israel: How to enjoy the Dead Sea like a pro

Israel: How to enjoy the Dead Sea like a pro

I’ve always remembered reading about the dead sea as a kid and was intrigued at how people could possibly float in such a salt lake. To finally get the chance to experience floating in the waters of the dead sea for real is just mind blowing!

Some of my my friends asked me “Has anyone drowned in the dead sea before?”. Well, I tried very hard to sink myself in the dead sea, but i kept bobbing back up. I’d say yes, it’s impossible to sink, not drown. Because technically, if you float with your face down, you will drown lol!

I literally couldn’t find any sand at the bottom of the sea. Everything that I scooped up was salt. Mega cool!!!

A rather sad piece of information is that the waters are receding by a meter each year and by 2050 it will be completely extinct 😦

The dead sea borders Jordan to the east and Israel to the west and you can visit from both countries. I visited the dead sea from Israel and here’s some tips on how you can enjoy the dead sea like a pro with 1 night:

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Quick guide to crossing the border to Aqaba, Jordan from Eilat, Israel 2016 via the South Wadi Araba crossing aka the Yitzhak Rabin border terminal

Quick guide to crossing the border to Aqaba, Jordan from Eilat, Israel 2016 via the South Wadi Araba crossing aka the Yitzhak Rabin border terminal

 

 

The South Wadi Araba crossing aka the Yitzhak Rabin border terminal is one of 3 border crossings between Israel and Jordan and it is located at the southern tip of Israel. It is a great choice for tourists looking to tour Petra and Wadi Rum, as the south Wadi Araba crossing is the closest border crossing to these 2 attractions.

However, the complexity of crossing the South Wadi Araba border has thrown many tourists off planning free and easy trips to Jordan. Much of the complexity comes from the Jordanian customs due to the different fees and procedures. Many tourists opt for Jordan tours that are from Israel and they assist you to cross the border, but if you are able to cross the border on your own and tour Jordan free and easy, you will be able to save quite a fair bit of tour money.

Here is a quick guide on what you will need to do, what documents to keep and how much money you will need for crossing the south Wadi Araba crossing. (Note that this guide excludes visa applications)

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