Friday, 21 October 2011

The Dead Sea is the only sea in the world where you can not dive.

The Dead Sea is located in the south of Israel and is know by many people because this is the place where you can float without knowing how to swim. Due to the high salt level in the water people can not sink. It is unbelievable but true as you can see in our pictures, we both float even with our hands and feet in the air at the same time. What many don't know is that this is also the lowest point on earth, it is 393m below the official sea-level. Being surrounded by mountains, it is hard to imagine this. Mountains above water but below sea-level. The Dutch think they have a low country but the is a different ball game. It is called the Dead Sea because there is almost no live possible, so don't drink the water it is dangerous. On the beach there are plates informing you that swimming is dangerous because of the high salt level, you have to make sure you don't drink the water or get it into your eyes. After our floating experience we enjoyed a real swim in the pool of the beach resort. The outside pool is covered with cloth because the shade temperatures rise here above 40 degrees.

De Dode Zee is gelegen in het zuiden van Israël en is gekend door vele mensen omdat je hier blijft drijven, ook als je niet kan zwemmen. Omwille van het hoge zout gehalte kan je niet zinken. Het is ongelooflijk, maar toch waar, op onze foto's zie je dat we drijven met beide armen en benen in de lucht. Wat velen niet weten is dat dit het laagste punt ter wereld is, 393 meter onder het officiële zee niveau. Je kan je moeilijk inbeelden dat je omringt bent door bergen en toch onder de zeespiegel blijft. Nederlanders denken dat hun land zeer laag ligt, maar dit is toch iets anders. Het wordt de Dode Zee genoemd daar door het vele zout er bijna geen leven mogelijk is. Op het strand worden bezoekers gewaarschuwd voor gevaarlijke situaties, drink niet van het water en zorg er voor dat het niet in je ogen terecht komt. Na onze drijf ervaring hebben we genoten van het echte zwemmen in het zwembad van het strandhotel. Het was met doeken overdekt daar temperaturen boven de 40 graden in de schaduw hier geen uitzondering zijn..

Dead Sea Israel
Dead Sea Israel
Dead Sea Israel
Dead Sea Israel
Dead Sea Israel
Dead Sea Israel
Dead Sea Israel
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16 comments:

  1. wow, what a feast for the eyes!

    yet another informative post and really joyful photos.

    looks like you had a great time.

    happy weekend!

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  2. Prima opnames...... lijkt me een geweldige ervaring in dat zoute water.

    groet, Joop

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  3. Not the best place for swimming, then? If you can't sink, can you swim?
    I think I would prefer the pool.

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  4. I am feeling very wet and hot after your lovely photos!

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  5. thank you for bringing us along!


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  6. I enjoyed seeing the photos of the dead Sea. It reminds me a bit of the Great Salt Lake just outside of Salt Lake City in UT.

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  7. it looks very salty indeed:-) I suppose the second pool was more pleasant...fijne weekend!

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  8. I've just been talking to my husband about this. I'd love to try floating in the Dead Sea, just to see him float without moving. His bones are so heavy, he sinks in fresh water unless he is moving.
    So, there are resorts on the shore of the Dead Sea. That's also something I've been wondering about.
    What an interesting and informative post!

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  9. I would hate to get a mouthful tho.lol.

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  10. It must seem really strange to swim/float in the dead Sea, must be quite a novelty.

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  11. What good pictures of you floating!!! The water is such a pretty color, you would never know it is dead! The hotel is beautiful, and the pool very large and pretty. I had no idea that the Dead Sea is that low!!

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  12. wow. eye opening. i wouldn't have known that there are hotels there. :D

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  13. That is amazing water. It looks awfully hot and swimming in the covered pool would be my best option.

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  14. That's the sea I'm gonnalove so much! Really? No one can drown?

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  15. Never thought of the dead sea having no life in it! The shoreline does look like it is a bit "salty". Wonder if they sell gourmet salt from the dead sea. Sounds possible. Very interesting

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