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 Juba Sound.
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.
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.
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 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.
This area is found on the southeast of Providenciales. With the exception of a new condominium project, Long Bay is almost entirely a residential area with both private homes and rental villas. The higher elevation interior region of this area is sometimes referred to as Long Bay Hills.