The lowest point on earth

Dead Sea Jordan

Dead Sea, the warm home away from home, one of the most spectacular natural and spiritual landscapes in the whole world, the lowest body of water on earth, the lowest point on earth and the world’s richest source of natural salts, hiding wonderful treasures that accumulated throughout thousands of years.
At 431 m below sea level – the lowest point on earth – the Dead Sea is a body of intense blue water, polished smooth like oiled skin on a windless day in winter and ruffled into whitecaps by the summer winds.

To reach this unique spot, the visitor enjoys a short 30 minutes drive from Amman, surrounded by a landscape and arid hills, which could be from another planet. En route a stone marker indicates “Sea Level”, but the Dead Sea itself is not reached before descending another 400 meters below this sign.

During most days, however, the water shimmers under a beating sun, Where rocks meet its lapping edges, they become snow-like, covered with a thick, gleaming white deposit that gives the area a strange and surreal sense.As its name evokes, the Dead Sea Jordan is devoid of life due to an extremely high content of salts and minerals which gives its waters the renowned curative powers, therapeutic qualities, and its buoyancy, recognized since the days of Herod the Great, more than 2000 years ago.

And because the salt content is four times that of most world’s oceans, you can float in the Dead Sea Jordan without even trying, which makes swimming here a truly unique experience not to be missed: here is the only place in the world where you can recline on the water to read a newspaper.

Dead sea floating
Dead Sea Jordan

Scientifically speaking, its water contains more than 35 different types of minerals that are essential for the health and care of the body skin including Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, Bromine, Sulfur, and Iodine. They are well known for relieving pains and sufferings caused by arthritis, rheumatism, psoriasis, eczema, headache and foot-ache, while nourishing and softening the skin. They also provide the raw materials for the renowned Jordanian Dead Sea bath salts and cosmetic products marketed worldwide. read more about “Dead Sea Salt”

A unique combination of several factors makes Dead Sea Jordan’s total attraction: the chemical composition of its water, the filtered sunrays and oxygen-rich air, the mineral-rich black mud along the shoreline, and the adjacent fresh water and thermal mineral springs.Although sparsely populated and serenely quiet now, the area has a historical and spiritual legacy of its own. It is believed to be the site of five biblical cities: Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zebouin and Zoar.

Dead sea Dying

The Dead Sea is 80km (50 miles) long, approximately 14km (9 miles) wide. The northern and larger part is very deep, reaching at one point a depth of 430m (1320 feet). The southern bay is, on the contrary, very shallow, averaging hardly a depth of 4m (13 feet).
The water level of the Dead Sea is dropping by about a 30cm. (1 foot) per year. It is being diverted by Israel and Jordan for industry, agriculture and household use. Scientists predict that the sea may be dried up by the year 2050.

Stay safe

Never attempt to swim stomach-first. Your feet will be higher than usual and your head will be lower than usual.

Never let the water touch your lips, nose or ears. There will be extreme pain which could cause you to panic and attempt to swim naturally – and dead sea will not allow you to swim normally.

Enter the sea within a controlled environment, better with a lifeguard watching within a hotel’s restricted area.


The cost to enter the public tourist beach (Amman Beach) is 20 JD (March 2019) (with swimming pools) and 10 JD for the Locals/Jordanian beach (it’s only 15m to left of the tourist entrance; not recommended for women on Fridays).
Many hotels also sell day passes that include full use of hotel facilities as well as their Dead Sea beachfronts; at the Mövenpick Resort, day passes cost 20 JD per person for hotel guests, while non-hotel guests pay 40 JD on weekdays and 50 JD on weekend.

Dead Sea Jordan – The Panoramic Complex

Dead Sea Jordan Panoramic Complex is Perched at the edge of the Zara mountain range, between Ma’in hot springs and the Dead Sea basin, the Dead Sea Jordan Panoramic Complex offers some of the most spectacular views in the Kingdom. From the observation terrace you can absorb breathtaking vistas over the Jordan Rift Valley and Dead Sea basin and you can dine in style watching sunrise or sunset over the mountains of the Holy Land.

There is also a large and fascinating museum devoted to the natural and cultural history of the Dead Sea Jordan, a Nature Shop and a range of other attractions and activities suitable for both adults and children

I heard that bus is now planned to connect to this site, but for the time being to charter a taxi is the only way to go there for most of tourists. If you visit the Dead Sea Jordan or Hammamat Main, it might be good to drop at this “The Dead Sea Jordan Panorama Complex”.

This new building opened in 2006 is called “The Dead Sea Jordan Panorama Complex”. “Panorama” comes from its excellent location that looks down over the Dead Sea Jordan. It includes a geological museum and a restaurant. It is run by RSCN.

This building was developed with the supports of JBIC (loaning). At the same time, a long road was made from Madaba to a place called “Amman beach” which is on the north east coast of the Dead Sea Jordanian side. This road makes a direct shortcut between those two places.

Dead Sea Panoramic Complex

The History

In addition to being an attraction for leisure and medicinal tourism, the Dead Sea Jordan was the location for a number of significant biblical events. The Bible refers to it as the Sea of the Araba, the Salt Sea, and the Eastern Sea (Deuteronomy 3: 17; Joshua 3: 16; Numbers 34: 12; Ezekiel 47: 18).
The Arabah desert, or “wilderness”, of the Bible is the arid basin between the Dead Sea Jordan and the Gulf of Aqaba today known as Wadi Araba.

Of particular importance is the wide plain along Jordan’s southeast Dead Sea Jordan coast known today as the Southern Ghor. Known in the Bible as the Valley of Salt ”undoubtedly because of the natural salt formations which form along the water’s edge” it is where David “slew 18,000 Edomites” (2 Samuel 7:29).
This wide plain is also where Abraham and Lot divided their herds and people, going their separate ways after the journey from Egypt.

While Abraham journeyed into Canaan, “Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east” (Genesis 13: 11).The Bible then says that “Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom” (Genesis 13: 12). The Southern Ghor may thus be associated with one of the most dramatic stories in the Bible, that of Sodom and Gomorrah.

While conclusive proof has not yet been found, some scholars see Bab al-Dhra’ and Numeira as good candidates for the biblical Sodom and Gomorrah, destroyed by God because of their wickedness (Genesis 19).
The other biblical “cities of the plain”, Admah, Zeboiim and Bela (or Zoar) may still be waiting to be rediscovered under the ruins of Early Bronze Age towns as Feifa, Safi, Khneizirah, and other places throughout the biblical Valley of Salt.

visiting the dead sea Jordan – to do

Visiting panorama complex

Perched atop the edge of the Zara mountain range cliffs, the Panorama Deadsea Complex is a unique multi purpose destination this is a “must visit” when in Jordan. Whether you are coming to watch the unique jaw dropping sunset the Panorama is famous for or enjoy a really good mean, the Panorama Complex offers everything you need for a memorable experience.


Floating in the Dead Sea is an experience like no other. The Dead Sea’s extreme salinity and location, 400 m below sea level, has created one of the world’s most unique environments. Pride of place goes to the incredible experience of floating in the Dead Sea – it is quite literally impossible to sink thanks to the water’s buoyancy, and the water’s properties have been mentioned and chronicled as far back as the Ancient Greek and Roman civilizations.

dead sea mud

Rich in chloride salts of magnesium, sodium, potassium, bromine and several others. Studies have shown the combination of the Dead Sea water and the rich black mud found along the shoreline to have significant health benefits including increasing circulation, easing discomfort from arthritis, healing allergies, and revitalizing skin.

spas & therapies

The unusual attributes of the Dead Sea have been known for centuries. It is the only place in the world where this particular combination of spa benefits exists.

Peculiar sun radiation and climatic conditions, enriched oxygen atmosphere, mineral-rich sea salt, thermo-mineral springs, and mineral-rich mud all offer effective medical treatment and therapeutic benefits that attract visitors from all over the world.

The plants that grow at the lakeside, particularly the balsam tree, produce highly valuable and sought-after cosmetics, perfumes and medical substances.

Dead Sea Hotels in Jordan

Crowne Plaza - Dead Sea
crowne plaza jordan dead sea resort & spa

Hilton Dead Sea Resort
Hilton Dead Sea Resort

Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea
Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea

Dead Sea Marriott Resort and SPA
Dead Sea Marriott Resort and SPA

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea
Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea

Lagoon Hotel Resort
Lagoon Hotel Resort

Movenpick Resort & SPA Dead Sea
Movenpick Resort & SPA Dead Sea

Dead Sea Spa Hotel
Dead Sea Spa Hotel

Grand East Hotel
Grand East Hotel

Ramada Resort Dead Sea
Grand East Hotel

Wonders Travel & Tourism

Top Frequently Asked Questions 


Can you swim in the Dead Sea in Jordan?

Yes You can!
Swimming in the dead sea might look like a lot of fun and can be however you have a keep a few things in mind to ensure the water doesn’t sting you!


Is the Dead Sea worth visiting Jordan?

Sure Thing !
Dead Sea Jordan is a fabulous holiday destination & Jordan in general is the perfect setting for those who wish to experience the qualities of the lake in peace and quiet. At 423 meters below sea level, Dead Sea Jordan is officially the lowest place on earth making it an even more fascinating destination to visit.


What is the Dead Sea famous for?

Dead Sea is considered the world’s most ancient spa, and modern science proves why: it is one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world, with 34% salinity – making it nearly 9 times saltier than regular ocean water. not to mention that it’s the lowest point on earth.


What is happening to the Dead Sea in Jordan?

The Dead Sea is shrinking, and as it recedes, the fresh water aquifers along the perimeter of the lake are receding along with it. As this fresh water diffuses into salt deposits beneath the surface of the shoreline, the water slowly dissolves the deposits until the earth above collapses without warning. Scientists predict that the sea may be dried up by the year 2050.


What's the best way to see Dead Sea?

The north-eastern edge of the Dead Sea in Jordan is home to several resorts that cater to visitors who want to both relax and enjoy the salty sea. Every resort has its own stretch of private, well-maintained beach for easy access to the Dead Sea. Getting there by bus or taxi is pretty much simple and visiting the Dead Sea in Jordan is pretty ideal year round.


Do you need to book in advance to visit Dead Sea?

To get the full Dead Sea experience, you should book a night or two at one of the resorts with private beach access. Relax and spend the day lounging around the pool and on the shore. For spa treatments, book in advance to secure your place. In spring and autumn you might not find a room , so booking in 2-3 months in advance could save your vacation.

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