Ein Bokek is a hotel and resort district on the Israeli shore of the Dead Sea.
Situated at the foot of the spring which gives its name, this tourist and therapeutic complex is the biggest and most developed along the entire Dead Sea coast. Ein Bokek is now a modern oasis and panacea for health seekers and tourists alike and lies in stark contrast to the barren, rugged and genesis landscape of the Judean Desert Cliffs surrounding the area.
You can watch my 2 min 20 sec HD Video Dead Sea 'En Boqeq part 2 out of my Youtube channel.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Ein Boqeq on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 31° 11' 55.81" N 35° 21' 56.32" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Ein Boqeq Beach 1, Ein Boqeq Beach 2, Ein Boqeq Beach 3, Ein Boqeq 1, Ein Boqeq 2, Ein Boqeq 3, Ein Boqeq 4, Ein Boqeq 5, Ein Boqeq 6.
This is the entrance to the canyon where the oasis of Ein Bokek or Nahal Bokek lies. They say that "looks decieve" and this is never more true than here. In the desert, water is life and if you look deep within this small canyon you will find a fresh water spring that gives life.
Well as I said somewhere before, one of the best things to do with water is have a waterfight and Sharon and Tal decided to do it right.......they must have gone at it for at least 30 minutes, I was getting tired just watching and photographing. We still have not come back with an opinion on who "won" this battle, but it was fun to watch or even participate....
U dont have to bother swimming here, just get in and float, play and do all funny things u normally cant do in normal salty seas..Read newspapers, do abs or other aerobics or just stare in amazement at the desert mounains or the Jordanian side..
Obviously dont even try tasting the water, your lips will instantly get upset..And a drop of water into your eyes is just enough to make u cry half of a day:)
Israel's second most popular tourist site after the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem.
A mountain top fortress which King Herod transformed in 35 BC into a three tiered winter home, boasts two luxurious palaces, bathhouses, storage rooms and impressive water cisterns.
An eternal symbol of Jewish history and heritage, it is the site of heroic defiance by a few Jewish zealots who took their own lives rather than surrender to the might of the Roman empire.
Masada offers fabulous views of the Dead Sea and Judean Desert. Easily accessible via a quick cable car ride or by hiking up the serpentine path. Located only 18 km north of the Ein Bokek hotel area.
A 12 km geological ridge of pure salt in the southern part of the Dead Sea, believed to be the infamous biblical city that perished together with gomorra. Features unique salt pillars dubbed Lot's Wife, whom biblical legend says became a pillar of salt when she looked back on the destruction of Sodom and Gomorra.
Really nice views driving south to Mitzpe Ramon or coming back from Eilat.
Ancient caves and settlement on the northern shores of the Dead Sea where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls - the oldest biblical documents ever found - trace the history and daily lives of the mystical Essenes, a Jewish sect that fled Jerusalem 2000 years ago.
Initially discovered in caves in clay jars by a Bedouin shepherd in 1947, the scrolls prompted excavations which revealed the complexity of Essene life. This restored archaeological site offers a glimpse into the life of this culture.
Many of the original Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed in the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
It's the lowest body of water on the planet - and the least hospitable to aquatic life....hence the name "Dead Sea". Nothing can live in water that has a 30% salinity (regular ocean water averages around 4% saline content!). The minerals are abundant here and it's all good for your skin and your health.
Which is why besides floating in the Dead Sea, you should spend some time at a hotel spa and enjoy a soak in their sulfur pool, followed by a facial with Dead Sea mud. Exquisite!
The Ein Boqeq public beach is located in the central part of the beach.
Access is very easy, there is a big parking lot right by the beach, off the main road. Entrance is free, and campers are also welcome.
The beach is quite wide and a few hundred meters long. There is a lifeguard on duty, there are restrooms, changing rooms and showers (an absolute necessity after you dip in the thick salty water of the Dead Sea). This beach is not inferior to any of the hotel beaches.
If floating in the Dead Sea sounds hokey to you, you're not alone. I thought it all smacked of tourist gimmick, until I tried it myself. First of all, the drive down alongside the Jordan River is fantastic....and when you come upon this strange body of water known as the Dead Sea, the view is surreal.
But the best part is finally getting into the water and sitting upright at a 90 degree angle, cross-legged, floating on the very top of the water.....it's just the strangest thing! Even as you're floating, you're marveling at how it is happening.
You can either choose to stay in one of the pricey hotels in the En Boqeq area, or, you can do a day trip from Arad or Jerusalem and still manage to enjoy some of the amenities available through the hotels.
Hotel amenities include mineral pools, massage treatments, mud baths, sulfur pools, manicures, pedicures, facials, and basically all other spa treatments. The prices are not overly expensive but they're not cheap either; I paid the equivalent of $50 USD for a basic pedicure and manicure (since I was pregnant, I wasn't allowed to use the sulfur pools or do any of the general spa treatments all of which are extra).
The hotels play host to everyone ranging from Israeli families down for the weekend, to Europeans seeking mineral treatments for rheumatoid arthritis and other maladies which respond well to the medicinal properties of the area.
One of the most spectacular things in this area is the sunrise over the dead sea.
Something very powerful and spiritual.
You , alone , without civilization.
The desert is something else for me - the urban guy.
Relax , find a good spot for this (maybe a mountain) and enjoy.
This is one of the most famous landmarks of israel , a stronghold on the desert with great view to the dead sea , a symbol of courage.
You can enjoy this place for a few hours and go to the dead sea to relax.
you can climb on a cable car or walk up the hill.
The view from here is amazing but the sun is very strong so be aware.
Do you want to feel as light as a feather?
To feel buoyancy work miracles on your body?
Letting yourself float on your back in the Dead Sea is a unique experience. It's probably the closest you'll ever get to a sensation of levitation!
It feels weird the first time, then it's fun, and very relaxing (see first photo).
Besides the outdoor natural free-for-all Dead Sea itself, you can also experience floating in salt-rich Dead Sea water indoors, in the special pools at hotel spas (see second photo).
Due to the hypersalination of the water, you can easily float in the Dead Sea; in fact, it's nearly impossible to sink! A popular fad by visitors is to have their picture taken while reading a newspaper and floating on the surface of the water.
The mud along the shore of the Dead Sea contains many minerals and is believed to have medicinal and therapeutic benefits. It is not uncommon for visitors to cover their bodies with the dark mud.
There are many salt deposits and crystals scattered along the shoreline. Many visitors walk the beach in search of large pieces as souvenirs.
The water of the Dead Sea has a greasy feel to it.
Wear waterproof sandals. The salt is very jagged and can easily cut your feet.
Beware! Several people drown every year in the Dead Sea because they do not obey the rule: Only float on your back. Accidents happens when someone tries to swim normally (stomach first) in the water - the legs will float better than usual and the head will be submerged. Also, the salt in the water stings cuts and causes great pain if it comes in contact with the eyes, adding to the panic if one's head is under water.