This natural hole formed by a collapse of a 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 a 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.
- Le Trou de David. Les Fruit de Mer. Accessed on November 19, 2012.
- David’s Hole disappears. The Daily Herald.
Le Trou de David on the map
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|Location, GPS coordinates:||18.0726 N 63.1189 W|
|Categories:||Sinkholes, Rock formations, Natural arches|
|Where is located?||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|
Saint Martin is an overseas collectivity of France. It occupies the northern part of densely inhabited Caribbean island and, in spite of its small area, has diverse interesting landmarks.