This post is part of a series on our trip to Oman in October 2012, during the celebration of Eid Al Adha holidays. The temps have finally simmered down, perfect for the outdoors, yay!
After our lovely Muscat Evening Tour, we’re up early for our 3rd and last full day in Oman.
Our destinations for the day: Bimmah Sinkhole & Wadi Shab via the Qurayat – Sur highway.
Sir Roger came on the dot to pick us up at the hotel and in no time made our way one more time for a roadtrip though the mountain highways.
The Qurayat-Sur Highway (aka Route 17) actually reminded me of Kennon Road. Ang tarik! Buti na lang super driver si Sir Roger! 🙂
Google map search indicated 121 kms distance from central Muscat to Dibab, then take a turn. From Dibab, it’s another 2kms drive to reach Hawiyat Najm Park, where the Bimmah Sinkhole is located.
We were very alert along the way, as we didn’t want to get lost like how we did yesterday looking for Qantab Beach hehe. And our efforts paid off indeed, we didn’t miss our turn and found the site quite easily, 🙂
There’s a “watchman/security post” at the park entrance and a small washroom building located opposite. Btw, entrance is free. 🙂
Bimmah Sinkhole, one of nature’s wonders
My first reaction, was like, Whoa, It’s Huge!
Ok, so I’ve seen it in pictures online and read dimensions et al, but still, in reality, I got overwhelmed by its vastness. I felt like a very tiny ant in a giant water basin.
Well, we did look like an ants in the photos, LOL.
I was also amazed by the colour, in different angles, it could look like light to very dark green – blue green. It looked beautiful in contrast with the pale rocky walls.
I remember the stories from Sir Roger that some people think the sinkhole was caused by a UFO landing on the site, something like that, instead of being a result of natural phenomenon. True or otherwise, Bimmah Sinkhole is beautiful.
I chose a spot and sat with my feet dipped in the water. Cold and refreshing! 🙂
Buboy, on the other hand had taken his shirt off already, excited lang? 🙂
I still don’t know how to swim. Hehe. No regrets anyhow, as I’m having a wonderful fish spa right where I was sitting. I’ve tried it prior at the Manila Ocean Park as part of the package we availed. But this, this is authentic and better yet, FOC! 🙂
We got up after a little while and explored other parts of the sinkhole,
Later on, more people arrived at the site and most of them were young locals. Who jumped and jumped!
One by one they took turns diving to the water from a high rocky edge.
Then a few guys took it to the next level and went to the highest edge, at the middle part of the sinkhole.
The crowd cheered on as the guys jumped to the water. Haamazing!
To our surprise, even Sir Roger took the dare! We were wondering where he was and suddenly saw him on the diving/jumping spot. I luckily caught a photo of him while he was mid-air, 🙂
We asked Sir Roger how it felt. He said, “It’s like everything in the world stops, including your heartbeat.” Naks! 🙂
Buboy however was a baby, hehe. Just kidding baya. He didn’t jump anyhow. He was happy wading in the water until we called it time for our next stop.
Next On: Trek, Swim, Dive, Eat, Nap, Swim and Dive again @ Wadi Shab