Ras al Jinz Turtle Reserve

Ras Al Jinz, Oman

At a Glance

  • Guided specialist turtle viewing both early morning and night

  • 12 Luxury Eco-Tents on a hillock close by equipped with attached toilets, mini refrigerator, tea-coffee makers and LCD TV.

  • Visitor center with educational programs for greater understanding of local ecology and turtle nesting and hatching

  • Can be reached within just a few hours of muscat

  • A short drive to Wahiba Sands desert camps

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Best time to Visit

Good time to visit

Average time to visit

The best time to visit Oman is between November and mid-March, when the cooler air brings the mountain scenery sharply into focus and daytime temperatures average 25°C. For the rest of the year, much of Oman is oppressively hot and hazy, particularly between May and August.

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Insider's View

Make sure you get chatting to the team who are really knowledgeable and keen to impart lots of interesting info you may not know about turtles!

The real focus of the property is turtle watching, late in the evening or early in the morning. This does mean there isn't a huge amount to do at the Reserve so try to arrive as late as possible

We recommend spending just one night here

I had no idea the turtles would be so big! It really is phenomenal watching these majestic creatures digging their nests

Learning about the turtle habitat and breeding is absolutely fascinating

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Ras al Jinz Turtle Reserve or take a look at our itineraries to Wahiba Sands

Description

Located on the Eastern peninsula of Oman, Ras al Jinz Turtle Reserve is Oman's leading conservation project for the hatching and protection of turtles. Air conditioned, luxury tents, and excellent guides make this an ideal stay to learn about turtles.

Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve was established in 1996 as a major eco-tourism project to protect turtle breeding and educate tourists about the breeding patterns and exploitation of turtles. The large visitor center is well equipped and provides the ideal base for educational programs run by the knowledgeable and enthusiastic resident team.

Visitors can go down to the beach with a guide in the evening and in the morning at sunrise. The evening is the best time to see huge mother turtles laying their eggs in the sand, and sunrise is the best time to see hatchlings making their first dash for the water, although you can see both at either time.

Whilst July is actually peak laying season, and September and November are traditionally the best times to see both hatching and laying, at least one turtle does land on the beach every night of the year. Guides will go to the beach to try and spot any turtles laying in advance of bringing the groups down in order for visitors to make the most of the experience.

Accommodation is of a very good standard in the form of luxury eco-tents with air con, en-suite bathrooms and comfortable beds. These are set well back from the beach area to avoid light pollution which can interfere with the turtles navigation. The main building also offers simple but comfortable rooms, although we think it's more exciting to stay in one of the tents.

One night is generally a good amount of time and your stay can be combined with an itinerary including Wahiba Sands which is just a short drive away.

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Accommodation

A total of 31 rooms, 17 air-conditioned twin/double en-suite rooms, two air-conditioned bunk bedded en-suite for families/ small groups, all equipped with toilets, mini refrigerator, tea-coffee maker and LCD TV.

12 Luxury Eco-Tents on a hillock close by equipped with attached toilets, mini refrigerator, tea-coffee makers and LCD TV. Family Tents with two double beds are available.

Childcare

Children are welcome to visit Ras Al Jinz, and older children will particularly enjoy it. However it is worth being aware that the ground on the beach is uneven, and you will be there in the dark. It is also important to keep an appropriate distance from the turtles and to not make too much noise, therefore it may not be right for very young children.

Facilities

Raz Al Jinz has a single restaurant, Sambuk, which is on the ground floor and offers an international buffet selection. There is also a library with selected books on sea green turtles, and a small museum located at the lobby level.

Activities

Other than turtle watching, there is a small museum which provides information on marine life. The display also has lots of info on archaeological finds in the area.

Visitors cannot go down to the beach unaccompanied and so we only recommend arriving at Ras Al Jinz in the late afternoon. However there are so many wonderful things to stop off and see on the way, such as lush wadis and traditional dhow yards, that the journey can be a full day adventure should you wish.

Reviews

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Lucy Black (Staff)

Ras Al Jinz is simple but perfectly comfortable, and offers a great base from which to enjoy one of the best wildlife experiences in Oman.

I think the tents are a bit more exciting, and because they are away from the main building, feel a bit more exclusive. But actually the rooms in the main building are also more than adequate for an evening's accommodation.

This lack of frills in a way is quite nice as you do feel like its purpose is to be a scientific center.

This being said, it perhaps does feel quite touristy when you queue up to get in the mini bus to go down to the beach. But once you are on the beach - wow! Even without the turtles, it is an amazing setting, with the sound of the waves and a dome full of stars above you.

We were lucky enough to see a huge turtle laying her eggs in the sand. It sounds cliche, but it really is magical being that close to what is quite an intimate moment in nature.

We also saw a couple of babies running for the water, and that was also rather special. Particularly when you have seen such a huge turtle, and then realise it grew from a baby smaller than the size of a human hand!

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Daniel Smith (Staff)

I visited Ras al Jinz in June this year and found the camp very well run. I was really impressed by their focus on the turtles being of primary importance. The accommodation is set back from the beach so the light doesn't interfere with the hatching cycles, and the tents themselves are really smart inside, with fridges, air con and even TVs inside. Staff are very knowledgeable and friendly and all in this makes for a really interesting stop and a great insight into the world of turtles.

Experiences

  • Al Hayer Falls

    Get off the beaten track to explore the Al Hayer area of the popular Wadi Bani Khalid. This stretch of the canyon is away from the more frequently visited pools, offering hours of fun-filled adventure.

  • Day trip to Nizwa {with the Friday Market}

    Nizwa was the capital of Oman in the 6th and 7th Centuries and is one of the oldest cities in Oman. There is a lot to see here and in the surrounding area including a bustling Friday market, the restored Nizwa Fort and date farms.

  • Lunch with a Bedouin Family

    Whilst life in the desert may seem like a harsh environment, many people still choose this as their home. Visit the house of a Bedouin family, where you can enjoy a traditional lunch and learn more about their day to day life and culture.

  • Nizwa Friday Market

    Visit the local Friday market in Nizwa.

Vacation Ideas

  • Oman for Families

    Muscat, Ras al Jinz, Wahiba Sands & Al Hajar Mountains

    from $2800 pp 8 nights

    • Impeccable and friendly service
    • Delicious breakfasts with a different flavour smoothie each morning
    • Iced water in cool boxes for every couple on the beach

Location & directions

Ras Al Jinz, Oman

Ras Al Jinz is around a 2-hour 45-minute drive from Muscat and an hour or so from Wahiba Sands. The closest town is Sur, around 40 minutes away.

How to get there

A flight of 7 hours to Muscat, and an approximate 2-hour 30-minute to 3-hour drive to the quiet coastal region of Ras al Jinz.

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Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Ras al Jinz Turtle Reserve or take a look at our itineraries to Wahiba Sands

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