Has anyone of you ever heard of (or encountered) a Sink Hole? Sorry but I didn’t even know it ever existed. With the long Eid weekend holidays at this time of the year giving as a perfect time to relax or unwind,my friend, Ted bragged me about a must-see sink hole which I shrugged [it off] as just a waste of time going there.Until it became obvious that what my very own eyes saw was a stunning view of the world’s most stunning sinkhole. In shape, it seemed like a cavernous limestone bowl and it’s so beautiful it has become a tourist attraction.A sinkhole, which can be properly termed also as a sink, snake hole, swallow hole, swallet, doline, or cenote, is a natural depression or hole in the Earth’s surface caused by Karst processes — the chemical dissolution of carbonate rocks.A geologist or scientist would we the perfect someone to explain this subject. How big are sinkholes? Mind you, sinkholes may vary in size from 1 to 600 metres (3.3 to 2,000 ft) both in diameter and depth, and vary in form from soil-lined bowls to bedrock-edged chasms. Sinkholes may be formed gradually or abruptly, and can be found everywhere around the globe.It is worth mentioning that sinkholes sometimes grab headlines for swallowing cars, houses and occasionally whole streets.
However amazing as it is, this sinkhole in Oman is so stunning it has been turned into a tourist attraction.While similar holes engulf residential streets or open up in front of despairing home owners, the beautiful limestone hollow in Bimmah sinkhole has long been attracting tourists taking countless photos for FB or other purposes and taking a refreshing dip.
We had just hied off at the Wadi Dayqa Dam (to be blogged later) and next thing was… we found ourselves pondering about the beautiful sight that was not included in our original itinerary——- at this very intriguing place at Dibab Lake Park.Wheww…Bimmah Sink Hole.Beautiful as it is, water is bluish, we saw a lot of people swimming on it,though it is quite salty just like the seawater or even saltier.
If you are wondering how deep this sinkhole is, the locals say it is a good 20m deep at its lowest point.Thank goodness, our time was not wasted to visit this sink hole located somewhere along the coastal road going to Sur.What’s more,its within walking distance from the parking lot. Not really tiring.There are restrooms/shower rooms provided for those who want to take a swim at the Dibab Lake Park.