Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve, Oman

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I remember walking by the torch light towards the beach. It was a windy night! We were at Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve in Oman. We had checked in earlier in the evening and we gathered in the lobby after dinner for our turtle watching session.

Our Omani guide kept a brisk pace and we marched with him! He warned us at the briefing, if there are no turtles at the beach, we can’t help it, after all we can’t control nature. I was not sure what to expect.

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The Mother Covering the Eggs!

Soon, I was sitting next to a giant green turtle (Chelonia mydas) laying eggs! Our guide explained to us, “the mother turtle will dig false pits to confuse foxes who hunt for turtle eggs. After laying the eggs the mother covers the pit under deep sand so that no one can find the eggs easily!” And there I was sitting and watching a giant mother turtle first lay eggs and then cover the hole with her flippers! I was totally amazed at my luck, at what I got to witness.

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When the Young ones Come Out!

After a while we changed positions with the other group! This time our young guide showed young hatchlings in torch light. My heart was full. It was a thing of beauty both to watch the mother and the young ones!

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The Young Guide at Ras Al Jinz

As we were heading back the head guide announced that there was a morning viewing starting at 5.00 am. We could get out at 4.45 am and join the group.

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The Beautiful Sunrise!

The next morning I dragged myself out of the bed to be there at 4.45 am in the lobby. The group was smaller now. The day was breaking as we walked to the beach.

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Almost There!

In the morning we could not find any mothers but there were plenty of young ones! Only a few survive on their first walk from the sand pit to the sea! Birds hover overhead to snatch them away! What to say, nature works in mysterious ways!

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Fishermen at the Sea!

I also got to watch a glorious sunrise, fishermen going out to the sea and the beautiful beach!

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Our Main Guide at Ras Al Jinz

If you visit Ras Al Jinz and stay, the reserve provides accommodation. I stayed in the carapace rooms though they have AC tents too. There is a restaurant inside the reserve which serves all the meals.There is a cafe too. The reserve has a museum on the premises but our arrival and departure was such that we could not visit it.

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The Beautiful Beach!

I was completely caught unaware by the natural beauty of Oman. Apart from Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve I had a great time Dolphin Watching in Muscat and swimming in Bimmah Sinkhole near Muscat! Oman truly surprised me with its natural splendor!

PS. My trip to Oman was sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism, Oman

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18 thoughts on “Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve, Oman”

  1. Oman , as much I know , not listed in travelers / tourist list but the pictures are saying another thing . Grand and beautiful captures Mridula ji !!

  2. Informative post with lovely pics! On the Marina beach Chennai, similar episode happens every year and environmentalist groups arrange moonlight watch sessions to view the spectacle…

  3. This is such a wonderful experience to watch the mother turtle laying eggs as well as the baby turtles. You were so lucky to see them all 🙂

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Mridula Dwivedi

I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!

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