Ras al Jinz Turtle Reserve
Ras Al Jinz, Oman
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.
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
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!Daniel Smith
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 possibleScott Dunn team
I had no idea the turtles would be so big! It really is phenomenal watching these majestic creatures digging their nestsLucy Bailey
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When to go
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.