One of the world’s largest sinkholes
En route to the top of Jebel Samhan, Tawi Ateer is one of the world’s largest sinkholes. It is filled with shrubs and plants, turning it into a haven for birds which earned it the nickname “Bird Well”. From the entrance of the nearby Teeq Cave visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the sinkhole and its waterfalls from the cave’s entrance.
“Tawi Ateer Sinkhole” is the most famous sinkhole in Dhofar governorate known as the ‘Bird Well’ gained international fame after its discovery in 1997 by a team of Slovenian explorers in collaboration with Sultan Qaboos University as one of the largest solvent sinkholes in the world.
This adds to the Sultanate’s rich biodiversity, its geographical and historical richness, and its historical and archaeological sites, as well as its remains of early civilization, all of which endorses the Governorate of Dhofar as a tourist destination, and boosts the various opportunities for those interested in discovery, along with nature and adventure lovers.
The capacity of the Teeq Sinkhole is about 975 thousand cubic metres. Its diameter is between 130 to 150 metres and its depth is 211 metres. Water flowing down the valleys has resulted in the formation of the sinkhole, with its magnificent waterfalls along the intersection with Teeq Sinkhole. In the surroundings of Teeq sinkhole there are several interesting structures, as round collapse dolines, walls around this sinkhole are very slope, and there are wadis enter the sinkhole as very spectacular waterfalls.