Watch the green turtle lay its eggs in the moonlight of an Omani beach. Children will delight in seeing hatchlings scramble from their safe shelter of the sand towards the lapping waves of the India Ocean. Join our guide to see one of nature’s most wonderful sights played out right in front of your eyes.
This memorable scene takes place at Ras Al Jinz, a sanctuary for turtles on the eastern most point of the Arabian Peninsula. You will be transferred from your hotel and sit down for dinner before being met by your guide who will escort you down to the beach. This family-friendly nature reserve hugs a 43-kilometre coastline and includes research centres for marine biology and a hotel. This is the only place where you can watch the nesting process of green turtles in the Indian Ocean. As turtle viewing takes place late into the night and at dawn, you have the option to stay overnight. The best photo opportunity tends to be at first light.
Once you’re poised on the beach under the cover of darkness, you’ll witness these gentle sea creatures – which can live up to 80 years in the wild – go about their business. Look out for their distinctive flattened body, olive-coloured shell and paddle-like arms. The highlight of any viewing must be seeing the hatchlings leave the safety of their eggs and scramble down to the sea. A travel moment for all the family to share.
Additional notes about the tour
- Do not approach turtles emerging from the sea or disturb nesting turtles
- Watch out for disoriented hatchlings and direct them seaward
- Never leave waste on the beach
- Avoid making noise around the nesting beach
- The use of a torch is prohibited
It is recommended you carry only one small overnight bag due to the limited baggage space. Take a light pullover in dark colours down to the beach. The experience is not recommended in May.