It is turtle season in Oman, which means there are chances to watch turtles laying eggs, covering them, and watching them go back into the water. It is simply amazing to watch turtles lay around 100 eggs. This process can take several hours, so you can watch for as long as possible, depending on which place you visit. When the turtle finishes laying her eggs, she starts covering them. Eventually, she makes her way back into the water, usually just before the sun rises. Ras Al Jinz Turtle Sanctuary and Ras Al Hadd are two turtle sanctuaries in which to see the turtles. Both are about a forty-minute drive from Sur. Below are some details about both sites, including the pros and cons.
Ras Al Jinz Turtle Sanctuary
They have a small museum so you can learn about the turtle process. Did you know that when the babies are grown, they return to the same place to lay their eggs? These are the kinds of things you can learn. It is open from 9:00 am to 8:30 pm.
The downside is that you are with a group and hardly have time to see the turtles. They move from group to group, and they have already laid their eggs by the time you visit the turtles in some cases. The tours cost 8 rials ($20) per person.
Ras Al Hadd
You can go early in the morning to watch the turtles go back into the water and have the beach to yourself. The sun rises are worth the early morning visits. If the waves aren’t strong, you can swim. You can also hire a guide who can take you to watch the turtles lay their eggs at night.
You don’t need a guide, but you must look for the turtles yourself. If you go early in the morning, it is best to be there around 3:45 or 4:00 now that it is summer.
Review of Both Turtle Sanctuaries
I have seen the turtles at Ras Al Jinz and Ras Al Hadd, and I prefer going to Ras Al Hadd. When I went to Ras Al Jinz, we were in a group of 15 people. We had to wait around 30-40 minutes outside, and finally, our group could watch the turtles. They had finished laying their eggs by the time we got to the turtles, so the guide just said the tour was over. The leader does not offer any information. But, the museum is decent for learning a lot of information.
If you go to Ras Al Hadd at night, I recommend hiring a guide because the turtle police are now on the beaches telling people they can’t stay to protect the turtles. If you go early in the morning, you should not have any problems.
General Info About Visiting Oman’s Turtle Sanctuaries
Contact Nasser Thabit Sultan Alharbi at +968 9772 6888 or on Instagram @rasalhaddsandukan, and he will arrange something for you at Al Ras Al Hadd. He usually charges 5 rials ($13). He will keep looking for turtles until he finds one. If you go on your own, you can put Oman Surf School in Google Maps, which should lead you to the location. Go online for more information about the Turtle Reserve.
Extra Tips For Visiting Turtle Sanctuaries
Do not use bright lights because the turtles will follow your light and move away from the water. Sometimes, baby turtles are caught in a net or away from the water. Please help them go to the water.
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