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Le Trou de David (David's Hole) (collapsed)

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Coordinates: 18.0726 N 63.1189 W
No:359        (list of all attractions)
Category:Sinkholes, Natural arches
Address:North America, Caribbean, Saint Martin, western part of the island, sea coast between Baie Rouge and Pointe de Bluff
Alternate names:Marmite du Diable, Trou du Diable (original name)
Depth:˜ 10 m
Le Trou de David, Saint Martin
Le Trou de David (image has fisheye distortion) before its collapse / Alexandre Duret-Lutz, / CC BY-SA 2.0

Until recently one of most interesting natural landmarks in Saint Martin was Le Trou de David (originally - Trou du Diable). Unfortunately this magnificent sinkhole collapsed.

This natural hole formed by a collapse of large sea cave chamber. Le Trou de David was a hole with nearly vertical walls, with a diameter of some 25 m, some 10 m deep. It was divided from the sea with narrow wall. There were two natural arches in this wall - one was deep enough to allow swimming in and out of the hole to the sea.

When the sea is rough, water in the hole seems to be boiling - hence the original name of the hole - Trou du Diable (Devil's Hole).

On the walls of the sinkhole often were sitting large iguanas (Iguana iguana) - an invasive species. Reef outside the sinkhole is very interesting for snorkeling and diving - it has interesting rock formations and abundant sea life.

Nothing is forever. Natural arches at the sea are shortlived landmarks - sooner or later the support of the arches is destabilized by erosion. This happened with Le Trou de David as well - after heavy rains it collapsed in the time period between November 29 and December 5, 2011.


See Le Trou de David on the map of Saint Martin!


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