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Bimmah Sinkhole / Hawiyat Najm Park

Jan 23, 2013 by     10 Comments    Posted under: Muscat, Natural Attractions, Outdoors, QuickTrips

Hawiyat Najim

The Bimmah Sinkhole, located in Hawiyat Najm Park (مـتـنزه هـويـة نـجـم), literally meaning Meteor Fall Park in Arabic, is a sinkhole in the Muscat governorate of Oman. You can get to the sinkhole in about 1.5 hours from Muscat, and despite being technically in Muscat governorate, the sinkhole is actually very close to Al Sharqiyah region just off the high way to Sur, few kilometers before Tiwi. You can spend a couple of minutes just taking pictures of this amazing sinkhole, or more than an hour swimming in the clear turquoise water, but either way you should definitely stop here if you are heading to Al Sharqiyah governorate. We usually visit Bimmah Sinkhole on our way back from a trip to Wadi Shab or Wadi Al Arbaeen.

Hawiyat Najim

Bimmah Sinkhole is located in the fenced and toilet-equipped Hawiyat Najm Park. It has recently become a very popular destination for visitors and many come here to see the unique formation, to have a swim in the water, or to just hang around the park and have a barbecue.

If you are not familiar with the term sinkhole, you might be mislead by the Arabic naming of the place and the local legend, which says that the hole was formed due to a meteor falling in this spot. However, Bimmah Sinkhole occurred naturally due to limestone erosion and the collapse of the rocks forming what you see. Apparently the sinkhole is also connected to the sea through an underground tunnel, which may explain the unique color of the water; however, we could not confirm this since we are not professional divers!

Hawiyat Najim

If you visited Bimmah Sinkhole and are wondering how deep the water is, then have a a look at this “Make It Count” advertisement, by Nike (skip to 2:42 for the scene but you should watch the whole video because it is very nice and there are other spots of Oman featured):

Disclaimer: OmanTripper does not recommend you jumping in Bimmah Sinkhole, and we are in no way responsible if you injure yourself trying that.

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  • […] with an overnight camp on the Sharqiyah beach and a visit to the popular Wadi Shab, Fins Beach and Bimmah Sink Hole, or you can go there for a day trip as the drive from Muscat is just over an […]

  • Is it safe to jump from top into the sink hole ???

    • It is safe provided you’re a trained diver and you have analyzed which spot to jump from depending on the depth at that end. However it is not advised and I think it may require permission from the authorities. For amateurs, there are other spots you can jump from which are at a decent height above the water.

  • […] be sure to envelop yourself in the beauty of Oman’s natural landscapes. A visit to the Bimmah Sinkhole, an hour and a half outside of Muscat, for a swim in the clear blue waters and a hike through the […]

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  • […] Oman is somewhat renowned amongst the climbing community for its monstrous series of underground caves, caverns, canyons and the like, and as far as I know, its subterranean topography boasts the second largest underground caving system in the world. So it’s would only be fair to assume that at least one of those big fat dark tunnels in the ground would have some water in it. There is one that we know of, it’s this big vertical hole, formed by the eventual collapse of the earth’s surface following years and years of underground erosion caused by the movement of water amongst all the rocks and dirt and minerals and other stuff underneath us that we don’t really think about whilst sitting on the bog, watching Hollyoaks, or buying one of those awesome bacon and cheese turnovers from Pret. It’s been originally dubbed ‘Bummah Sinkhole’, and you can check it out online here. […]

  • Is there any Animal…like Stingray or something?

    • Hi Hamza,

      There are lots of tiny fish (the ones that nibble on your feet), but I haven’t heard of anyone encountering any stingrays or larger fish there.


  • […] less than 2 hours drive from Muscat and you can combine your trip here with a visit to Wadi Tiwi, Bimmah Sinkhole and/or the lovely beach of Tiwi. The wadi is definitely very popular and it gets very busy during […]

  • […] capito bene, nel deserto dell’Oman si trova una piscina nascosta, le cui acque sono cristalline, di un colore verde smeraldo, e il cui […]