The name of this sight is an excellent description of what you’ll see. It’s simply a big natural hole in the ground with brackish water at the bottom. Due to the crumbly nature of the soft limestone rock walls, this area is unsuitable for rock climbing. There are no paths, guardrails, or entrance fees.
3 star rating for The Hole by Visit Turks and Caicos Islands
The Hole is a sixty foot deep natural formation with brackish water at the bottom.
The Hole is a dangerous and deep natural sinkhole, with no tourism facilities. There are no safety railings or barriers. It is unadvisable to visit this feature with small children. We highly advise against attempting to climb down into the hole due to the soft and crumbling limestone and the difficulties in getting back out.
The Hole is a naturally-formed limestone sinkhole located in the
Long Bay Hills area of Providenciales.
This feature has a diameter of roughly 50 feet (15m), and a depth of about 60 feet (18m) to the brackish water below. The depth continues below the water surface for around 25 feet (8m) under the northern side of the hole. It’s highly likely that the depth at one point in history much greater than it is today.
The Hole is semi-tidal, which suggests a partial connection to the ocean or nearby marine ponds of
The Hole is simply a fascinating
geological site. Much of the wall face on the edges of the feature exhibit overprinting by erosion factors and is decaying, yet a tunnel and cave features can still be seen on the southern side.
How was the Hole Formed?
The view from the bottom of The Hole.
Like nearly all the
sink holes, blue holes and caves found in the Turks and Caicos, The Hole was created by what is called the Karst Process: the slow action of slightly acidic rain water dissolving the soft limestone, which in turn produced carbonic acid which further fed into the process.
It’s very likely that The Hole was initially an enclosed cave system, and at some point in history the ceiling fell in, which results in the site we know today.
Due to varying ocean level height over time, the water lens likewise existed at different elevations, which is why the Karst Process features identified in the Turks and Caicos may be seen at higher elevations, as in the case of The Hole, or may be hundreds of feet deep, as in the case of
Cottage Pond or the colossal
Middle Caicos Ocean Hole.
There’s a countless number of dry Karst sinkholes in our islands, the majority of which rarely exceed 30 feet (9m) in depth. Many sink holes are found throughout the country, but no other above water example comes close to the size and depth of The Hole.
Location and Finding The Hole
Much of the surrounding limestone is soft and crumbling.
The Hole is located in the
Long Bay Hills area of Providenciales. Take Long Bay Highway off of
Leeward Highway into the Long Bay Hills residential region. After .9 miles (1.4km), turn right onto Sea Sage Hill Road.
Continue half a mile (.8km) to The Hole, on your left. A small sign attached to a telephone pole indicates the spot.
There is ample space along the road to park.
The hole is a short distance from the road, right in the middle of the path. We do not recommend visiting with small children, as they may go running down the path directly into the hole.
The hole does not have any designated paths or safety handrails, so the risk of falling in is great. Take great care when visiting with children.
Most of the side walls are composed of soft crumbling limestone, so attempts at climbing the walls could be quite dangerous.
We strongly advise against swimming in or jumping into The Hole due to hidden submerged rocks, falling rock, trash, and the difficulty in getting back out.
Map & Location
Located in Long Bay
Long Bay is a coastal residential region on the southeast of Providenciales. The area supports a low density of homes and rental villas. Long Bay Hills is the interior part of this region, and Long Bay Beach lines the south coast. The Shore Club resort is the only large accommodation at Long Bay. More about Long Bay →