Floating in the Dead Sea

WELCOMMMMMEEEE TO ISRAEL!!! After a quick 3 and a half hour flight from Rome to Israel, a various number of security checks, and a taxi ride, we finally made it to Jerusalem. It was almost dusk when we arrived at our apartment so we got settled and decided to walk around the neighborhood, look for some dinner. A lot of the shops were closed early that night because it was Sabbath day the next day but luckily we found a small grocery store that was open and also a pizza place! We headed home straight after dinner to rest up for our first touring day in Israel!

Here’s a small glimpse of our apartment. It had two big bedrooms and a nice living area and could easily fit 5 or 6 people. We paid USD $672 for 4 nights. Very clean, great location and the owner was really nice and accommodating too! If you guys want more details feel free to PM me 😀

Israel Day 1:

First stop, the Museum of the Good Samaritan. If you’re familiar with the story from the Bible about the man who was beaten and left on the side of road until a Samaritan came and helped him; this is where he took him.

It houses an ancient church, archaeological courtyard and a lot of mosaics from the Byzantine period.

Opening Hours:

Summer (April to October):
Sunday to Thursday and Saturday: 8 am – 5 pm
Fridays and the eve of holidays: 8 am – 4 pm

Winter (late October to mid-March)
Sunday to Thursday and Saturday: 8 am – 4 pm
Fridays and the eve of holidays: 8 am – 3 pm

Entrance Fees:

Adult – NIS 22 (around Php 315)
Child – NIS 10 (around Php 145)

Groups (over 30) :
Adult – NIS 19 (around Php 275)
Child – NIS 8 (around Php 115)

It was definitely nice to see but if you’re short on time I would skip this museum. It was quiet small, not much to see other than the mosaics which quiet frankly looked all the same. I guess I just wasn’t so interested in what they had on display. The entrance fees were also quiet pricey.

Another thing that Israel is famous for is its dates! Before the trip I wasn’t much of a fan of them but them I tried the varieties that had here, they were so good! Kind of like prunes, but less sweeter. I think we bought 2 or 3 boxes of them home with us. Hehehe!

Our tour guide owned a lot of date tree farms and on our way to Masada we stopped by one them. They look a lot like palm trees don’t you think?

Next stop: Masada

A UNESCO World Heritage site built by Herod the Great as a fortress for the war and also a symbol of heroism and determination of the Israeli to this day.

You can walk up to Masada via the snake path but we opted to just take the cable car. See below for the entrance fees:

Our guide explained to us that the stones/walls below the black line are the original structures of Masada. So amazing to see that it’s still here after so many years!

The picture below shows some of the places where they used to store food!

Scary looking down! We’re up almost 400 meters! :O I was really impressed by this place, definitely worth the visit when you’re in Israel 😀

Last stop for day: The Dea Sea

At -400 meters below sea level, most of you already know that the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. It’s high mineral content makes it impossible for any marine life to exist in the waters. Another interesting fact I learned about the Dead Sea is that although waters flow into it from rivers and streams, nothing ever flows out :O

We stayed at a resort, can’t remember what it was called or how much we paid for the entrance but we stayed here for almost 2 hours, I think? We had fun floating in the water and putting mud all over our bodies! Hehe.

Effortlessly floating! Of course remember not to get any water in your eyes!

Here I am, spreading the mud all over my body! Hahaha. It’s good for the skin 😛 Another place I can check off my bucket list! Yay 😛

Have any of you guys been to the Dead Sea before? Let me know in the comment section below! ♥

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58 Comments

  1. Floating in the dead sea is one of the things I really want to do! Although I’m not too keen on mud….mmmm. I might have to think about it a little more. Looks like you had a great time there, careful you eat too many dates they will have you running to the loo!

  2. You mentioned about dates. My mom just visited us and gave us a box of dates. Yes, they are like prunes but only sweeter. My son loves it. It’s just that I have to remove the seed first before giving it to him. I hope dates do not have seeds. Ehehe. I havent been to that part of the world but I wish someday I be able to see its beauty and even yes, float in the Dead Sea, too.

  3. awwwe! Jerusalem…Iwould like to really really visit the so called holy land but maybe if I have stable finances I can pursue it. Great to know that you have not jut seen the Dead Sea but actually swimming in it!It’s really quite an amazing experience swimming in the lowest point of Earth.:)

  4. I found this post interesting Jonah! Dead Sea is one of the places I would love to visit as I am a lover of ocean and seas. 🙂 Also, you can float there without effort! LOL! Is the mud from the sea really for the skin?

  5. Another place I’d simply love to visit. The Dead Sea is an amazing place. And the waters there have amazing healing properties, particularly for people with psoriasis. And, as a huge archaeology and history fanatic, I’d love to have been there with you!

  6. Wow! That Dead Sea experience is a dream for me. I have read that the clay there is good for skin. I don’t know when I will be able to strike it off my bucket list.
    Your stay looks comfortable and cosy. Masada is another place I want to visit.

  7. Woah there! I remember my aunt and mom taking a pilgrimage to Israel and Holy Land. They sharing stories about the Dead Sea. After that, the Dead Sea has become part of my list. It’s a destination that worth the experience. Your photos really look amazing!

  8. Wow! This is one of my dream destinations. I would love to play with the mud and have beautiful skin after. 😛

    Looks like you really had a blast. I enjoyed your post. You just convinced me more that Israel should be part of our travel destinations.

  9. I was spooked to see the images of Masada. I had heard about Herod, but never seen any places associated with him. Good for all of us here that we got to see Israel sitting in the comfort of our rooms.

  10. Wow! Those photos are awesome. Jerusalem will always be part of my “Places to visit before I perish” haha. The Dead Sea is such a remarkable spot and I’m glad you made the most out of it! You must have really nice skin now 🙂

  11. How lucky you are to float on the dead sea!It seems it is a memorable and unique experience for anyone.It seems Israel is with many interesting places to visit.And the apartment looks really clean and beautiful…

  12. wow!!! how blessed you are to be in Israel!!! I cant imagine how it feels like but I am happy for you!! I hope to visit this holy place one day and float in the dead sea like you did… i didnt know it is the lowest place on earth 😮

  13. oh wow.. what a great experience you had… i saw the dead sea on a documentary channel and i really find it so fascinating and how everyone floats (even those who do not know how to swim at all lols)…now this is a real “trip to Jerusalem”
    i hope I can also visit other parts of the world 🙂

  14. Wow I truly envy you so much. I would love to go to Israel and see the Jerusalem and all of its landmarks. I love history and that trip would be a dream come true. I would not mind bathing in the Dead Sea either 😀

  15. I could feel what you described as – scary looking down. But the structures are one of a kind across the world. A lifetime experience , I would say it is. Thanks for putting it all up for us in such details.

  16. I visited the same places in December last year. But I just don’t understand how people can float in the Dead Sea. My skin was burning, I couldn’t spend more than three minutes in it. Were you ok?

  17. That is part of my bucket list. To float in dead sea! Haha! i would love to visit Israel, the holy land, and have a spiritual journey and explore its beautiful places. Thank you for sharing this!

  18. Deym I am so envious because going to the Dead Sea has been my dream since I was a kid! I heard that going to Israel is expensive so I have to prepare for it. What a fab trip this must have been for you.

  19. Floating in the dead sea is really high on my bucket list. I have heard about the clay around it and its benefits but nothing flows out of the dead sea is new to me. And those date farms. I haven’t been to any of them but surely will love to see and buy boxes for ourselves.

  20. This is one place I’ve always wanted to visit. I never knew it was the lowest place I’m the world, or that none of the water flows out. Thanks for sharing that information.

  21. This is on my my bucket list. To float in dead sea and apply that amazing mud! The kids will have a great time with that :). Oh yes, good tip on avoiding water in the eyes ! Thanks for sharing, great post

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