Discover a secret enclave of sea turtlesRas Al Jinz, Oman
You could be forgiven for thinking you’re exploring Australia’s Great Ocean Road or cruising California’s west coast when you sink your toes into the sand at Ras al Jinz in Oman. Beautiful rock formations fringe this beach on the east of the Arabian Peninsula, but if the golden cliffs aren’t enough of a drawcard, the endangered green sea turtles that return each year to nest most certainly are.
Protected by the Omani government, the only way to see these grande dames – some of the largest turtles in the world – laying eggs or the little tykes hatching is on a group tour, departing from the Ras al Jinz Turtle Centre each morning and night.
Evening expeditions are conducted by torchlight, so be sure to stick close to your guide to learn all about the turtles’ lifecycle and the predators they face. Be sure arrive early or stick around after to explore the interactive museum that gives details about the eco-tourism project and to visit the research labs on site.
- Watching big mummas dig nests for their eggs
- Exploring the suprisingly rugged coastline
- Spotting hatchlings dashing for the water where they’ll embark on their next step of life
- Although group sizes are capped at 25 it can still be difficult to hear your guide
- Getting everyone ready to go takes a while
Visit the Ras al Jinz Turtle Reserve as part of the Active Oman trip with Swagman Tours.