The Bimmah Sinkhole (called locally Hawiyyat Najm) is one of the most stunning natural attractions in Oman. It is a picturesque water-filled depression and an ideal day trip from the capital city of Muscat. The natural wonders of the sinkhole have inspiring legends among the local people and are one of the popular attractions for people visiting Muscat. The Bimmah Sinkhole is one of the most exciting things to do while exploring the remarkable (and forgotten) country of Oman.
While many countries of the Middle East are considered too dangerous to travel to, Oman is one of the safest and is a great place to enjoy one's Arabian holiday. Still, one should avoid border regions with Yemen and check with the latest travel advice provided by the US Department of State.
What Makes The Bimmah Sinkhole Unique?
The Bimmah Sinkhole is one of the most ideal swimming holes to be found on the Arabian Peninsula. While it was once attributed to a meteorite, it is actually a sinkhole. Underneath the sinkhole is a layer of limestone. As one visits the Bimmah Sinkhole may find locals telling their legend of how it was formed by a meteorite (although geologists beg to differ). Its Arab name "Hawiyyat Najm" reflects this belief - it means "The Falling Star."
Sinkholes are typically formed from groundwater eating away at the rocks under the surface (like limestone) until the ground above collapses. These sinkholes can be found around the world and sometimes in shallow whole buildings.
- Location: Muscat Governorate in Oman
- Arab Name: Hawiyyat Najm (هوية نجم) - Meaning "The Falling Star"
- Local Legend: That It Was Formed By A Meteorite
The Bimmah Sinkhole is located around a third of a mile (or half a kilometer) from the sea in an otherwise flat and arid land.
The water in the Bimmah Sinkhole is a beautiful turquoise and a mix of fresh and salt water.
- Size: 50 Meters by 70 Meters Wide
- Depth: Around 20 Meters
The depth of the sinkhole varies, in some places, it is only a few feet deep. But the deepest parts of the sinkhole are as much as over 300 feet deep.
Wadi Shab and Bimmah Sinkhole Private Full-Day Tour
There are plenty of guided tours to the Bimmah Sinkhole and other attractions in the local area from Muscat (the capital and largest city of Oman). The full-day Wadi Shab and Bimmah Sinkhole tour explores some of the best natural attractions in the local area.
Wadi Shab is a very popular attraction in Oman where one can see a waterfall in a cave. To get there one needs to hike for around 40 minutes and there are 2-3 pools that one can swim in on the way.
The pools have stunning clear blue water and a great reprieve from the heat of the Arabian Peninsula. The wadi is one of the most popular attractions in the area and is a superb example of a natural valley of cool sweet water in a landscape of dry mountains.
- Included: Pick up/Drop Off, Lunch
- Guide: Includes A Professional Tour Guide
- Tip: Take Swimming Clothes
- Duration: 8-10 Hours
- Attractions: Wadi Shab & Bimmah Sinkhole
- Price: $180.00 Per Adult (Price Varies By Group Size)
After Wadi Shab, the tour heads to Bimmah Sinkhole where one can admire another of nature's stunning creations.
Bimmah Sinkhole, Wadi Shab, And Coastal Village Tour
Another tour from Muscat also explores Oman's coast and Wadi Shab. This tour heads out in an air-conditioned 4WD and includes a picnic lunch. The tour includes a swim at the Bimmah Sinkhole, tours of traditional seaside villages, and bathing in the rock pools of Wadi Shab.
- Duration: 8 Hours
- Lunch: Picnic Lunch Included
- Attractions: Bimmah Sinkhole, Wadi Shab, Coastal Villages
- Includes: Hotel Pick up and Drop off
Enjoy a guided trip that combines swimming in refreshing desert pools with admiring old-time Omani architecture and traditions and stunning beaches.
There are plenty of other similar day tours listed on TripAdvisor. Most of the day tours to the Bimmah Sinkhole similarly combine the trip with visitors to Wadi Shab. Next time planning a trip to the Middle East, consider visiting the stunning country of the Sultanate of Oman.