Local Omanis still believe the Bimmah Sinkhole was created by a falling star. And even though geologists have confirmed it was caused by erosion, we think the legend goes better with the colorful beauty of the place. Floating in emerald-tinted water with a clear blue sky and blazing sunshine overhead could be the backdrop of many locations in the Sultanate. The only distinctively difference of this place is that this is a geological phenomenon.
The hole, which is not the only one in Oman, is a 40-meter-wide and 20-meter-deep cavernous hole, filled with multi-toned turquoise water. It is surrounded by the sea on one side and the mountains on the other.
“The daily mail” has even called it the world’s most beautiful sinkhole.
It’s no surprise that the sinkhole at Bimmah, a cavernous limestone bowl, is a popular tourist attraction that draws thousands of people who want to take a dip in such a spectacular setting. The sinkhole is considered one of the more beautiful of its kind, with crystal-clear waters carving a hole through the soft limestone. These amazing creations are formed when groundwater travels through easily dissolved rock such as limestone, carbonates and salt beds. The water eats away at the rocks over time, leaving subterranean holes and caverns. When the roof of one of these caverns collapses, the land above it falls in too, leaving giant holes. The one at Bimmah is 20 meters deep, a trivial in size in comparison with others, some of which are reportedly as wide as 600mt.
To get to the limestone hollow, you have to descend 80 steps of a concrete stairway leading to the base of the hole. From there, you can walk straight into the vibrant turquoise waters.
In the shallows, you’ll be greeted by some of the small resident fish nibbling at your feet and toes, eating away the dead skin. The water is clear and, at deeper spots, refreshingly cool, a welcome relief when the temperature tops.
While the sinkhole might not be worth a trip on its own, it’s good if you fancy combining it with a camp by the ocean just as we did – you’ll find your own little spot of coastal heaven, with empty beaches and soft sand providing an intimate spot to relax.
Bimmah Sink Hole is about 125 kms from Muscat. Drive east on the new Sur road passing through Al Amerat and Quriyat. The drive should take about an hour and half from Muscat. From the main road between Muscat and Sur, the Hawiyat Najm Park / Sink Hole is clearly indicated. From the exit follow the road for a couple of minutes and you will reach a parking. This site is accessible by sedan.
Have a safe journey and do share your experiences.