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Tags : Rocks & Canyons

Timings : 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Time Required : 2-3 hours

Entry Fee : No entry fee

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Bimmah Sinkhole, Muscat Overview

Also called Hawiyat Najm, Bimmah Sinkhole is located in the ‘Muscat governorate’ of Oman. Situated between the towns of Bimmah & Dibab, it is ideal for swimming and enjoying the beautiful landscape of the region. The local municipality has created the Hawiyat Najm Park that surrounds the Bimmah sinkhole as a form of protecting the attraction. Visitors passing through the area often stop here for a few hours of respite from the scorching sun.

According to the local folklore, the Hawiyat Najm (Fallen Star), or Bimmah Sinkhole as it is more popularly known, was created by a meteor that crashed into the region thus forming the deep crater. The geologists, however, have a different explanation for its formation and hold the erosion of limestone rocks responsible for forming the Bimmah sinkhole. The rocks that collapsed went deep into the ground creating the crater like hole. Many believe that the crater is linked to the sea via an underground tunnel thus explaining the exquisite turquoise color of the water here.

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Swimming at Bimmah Sinkhole

The crystal clear waters of Hawiyat Najm are a haven for tourists who travelled long in the heat of the desert usually on their way to Wadi Shab, looking for means to cool off. One can dive deep into the cavern and enjoy the cool waters or just dip their feet in while sitting on the rocks. It is possible to descend down the steps straight into the water and go down to the limestone structure. The sinkhole has tiny fishes that swim around. 

How to reach Bimmah Sinkhole

Hawiyat Najm Park is situated in the Dabab region of the Muscat Governorate and on the road that passes from Qurayat to Sur. Most tourists prefer to stop by on their way to Wadi Shab. The only way to visit the Bimmah sinkhole is to rent a car or take a private vehicle. The duration of the travel is about 1.5 hours with Route 17 being the shortest way.

Best Time to Visit Bimmah Sinkhole

Daytime is deemed to be apt for visiting the location with most of the visitors arriving at the sinkhole during 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Tips for Visiting Bimmah Sinkhole

1. It is advisable to carry drinking water and light snacks as there aren't many options nearby
2. Dressing in comfortable and light clothes is essential to wade off the heat.
3. Packing a swimsuit along with swimming accessories such as goggles and cap is necessary for individuals hoping to take a swim
4. It is forbidden to jump into the sinkhole from a height in order to ensure total safety

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