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Hawiyat Najm Park, Oman

 

I have had the pleasure to visit this park on numerous occasions and always marvel at the unexpected magnificence this unusual natural phenomena.

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It is one and three-quarters of an hours drive out of Muscat in the direction of Quriyat and Sur.Image

From the road the park is rather unassuming,

with one or two low-level small buildings

and a large, flat, dry, dusty area with a few parked cars.

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Warning: there are no facilities to buy refreshments,

although on my last visit I see that they have installed

a cold water machine, this is much-needed as there are

no pit stops anywhere close by.

There is a toilet that I used on my first visit, it is

‘made-in-hell’ and I have not since had the courage to revisit!

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As you enter, you walk down a large central path,

almost leading to nowhere for a good few hundred meters.

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The big surprise comes when you get to the low wall

as you can always hear visitors exclaiming as

they look over and see the sink hole itself, quite remarkable!

Many “oohs” and “aahhs” and “wow”!!

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To descent, there are many, many steps to tackle and

these are deep, ‘thigh-killer’ ones.

A good ‘all over body work-out’ should you

decide to walk down (and up!)

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The water gets that amazing colour from a

combination of fresh and salt water,

the hole itself is 200 metres inland

from the Gulf of Oman.

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Bathing is permitted but the dark part can be very,

very scary for those aqua-phobes out there!

(I once swam across, showing my prowess off to

my elder sister and was more scared

than when I saw Jack Nicolson’s ‘The Shining’

in my youth!!

I got back to shore lickety-split!

No-one knows how deep it is, much less what

undiscovered sea monsters lurk beneath!!

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If you do get the chance to swim it is worth it,

the water is cool, clear and most refreshing.

There is a rope on the side of the cliff that you can

walk along and then jump in from a height.

Little fish come and nibble at your feet

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Have you been here?

Did you have a good time?

If so please leave a comment.

 

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3 thoughts on “Hawiyat Najm Park, Oman

  1. Saad B. Abou-Chakra on said:

    Thank you Kerry-Lynn

  2. I always loved taking guests there. It is an amazing site and definitely worth visiting. The water is always very refreshing after a drive from the desert or along the coast.

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