Just about everyone who visits Muscat has been to “The Sinkhole” in Hawiyat Najm Park, it is one of those ‘must do’ tourist things in Oman.
After more than 2 years in Oman I am embarrassed to admit that I had never been myself!
The truth is that I tried to visit before and got a pretty lost.. Which is crazy because it is so easy to find. Amusingly we ended up in a camel farm last time so this time I was eager to see The Sinkhole with my own eyes and get that ticked off the tourist list.
Driving from Muscat city along to highway towards Sur it will take you around 1.5 hours, it is also very close to the other attractions of Wadi Shab and Fins beach.
All road signs on the highway direct you to the sinkhole and then suddenly the name changes to it’s proper name “Hawiyat Najm Park”, this is where I got confused last time. Try not to get lost like I did..
The anticipation builds as you walk through the gates in to the park and see the crowd all peering downwards into the hole clicking away on their cameras. You find yourself walking faster and faster to see what is so exciting and get that first glimpse.
The first view of the sink hole is impressive at the sheer size of it, both in depth and diameter. The contrast between the limestone rock and brilliant turquoise waters make it quite a spectacular sight.
Local legend tells of a meteor falling here causing the massive hole in the ground. However, what actually happened is the sinkhole occurred naturally due to the limestone eroding and the rock above collapsing. Apparently the sinkhole is connected to the ocean through an underground tunnel.
The steps descend steeply into the attraction, thankfully there is a sturdy hand rail to hang on to. This isn’t for the elderly or those with a fear of heights..
The azure blue water lures you down to take a closer look. Many curious tourists were dipping their toes in to sample to water and the braver adventurers were kitted out in swimming gear and jumping in from high rocks high above the water line.
We didn’t swim on this occasion as the afternoon sun was fading and we had no more dry clothes to change into.
I can imagine in the summer heat this would be an awesome place to jump in and cool off and refresh.
This is obviously a popular attraction to visit as people flocked in and out taking pictures and setting up BBQ’s in the grounds of the park. The crowds somewhat ruin the natural beauty of the area.
The sink hole was well worth a visit as I was already in the area but it’s not somewhere I am likely to visit again unless bringing visitors.
Before we left there was a quick moment for a selfie…
Have you been to Bimmah Sinkhole?