Fodor's Expert Review Bimmah Sinkhole
Sur Nature Sight Free
An hour north of Sur, the aptly named Hawiyat Najm Park (Falling Star Park) is home to a 40 meter-wide sinkhole that, as legend has it, was created when a falling star struck the earth, creating an underground passage to the adjacent sea. Scientist have since spoiled the story, confirming that the natural wonder was caused by the shifting of tectonic plates and erosion, but the vibrant turquoise waters that await those who climb the long staircase down into the hole are pretty magical no matter how they came to be. The waters are filled with small fish that give natural pedicures, gently nibbling on toes and feet. The park is located an hour north of Sur, almost exactly midway to Muscat, and it is easily accessible from the highway with plently of parking and restrooms. The friendly guide who lives on-site is a wealth of information, and he will likely invite you to sit and have an Omani coffee and dates with him.