A Turtle Paradise
The hot summer months are upon us so we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to tell you about a trip to Oman we did at the peak of summer last year.
Okay so we have to admit it was still hot, especially in the hours around midday, but it’s still a lot cooler than the UAE or Muscat area. More importantly, the weather didn’t affect how awesome the trip was.
Camping on the beach just down the road in Ras Al Hadd
A secret and beautifully secluded turtle beach we found. Look at all the nesting holes!
The destination was Ras Al Jinz, a turtle haven which can be reached in just under a 3 hour drive from Muscat along the coast. Ras Al Jinz is world-renowned for the nesting of the endangered green turtle, probably the most important nesting concentration in the Indian Ocean. It’s the primary place where the public can watch the nesting process of these amazing sea giants.
Unfortunately when we visited the reserve we weren’t lucky enough to see any turtles laying their eggs. This isn’t surprising however, as turtles generally venture onto the beach at night time to do this. What was more surprising however was the sight of a few dead turtles, and extremely large ones at that, dotted around the beach. It appears, somewhat fittingly, that turtles exhibit the same behaviour when they return to the beach to die as they do when they navigate their way to the beach to lay their eggs. Quite an amazing and humbling thought really.
One of the dead turtles that had navigated their way back to their birth place to die
Great fishing spot near our campsite
Although not recommended we had to save a couple of these amazing baby turtles
It wasn’t all doom and gloom though, as back at the beach where we were camping we had a stroke of luck. Little snapshots of movement in the sand soon brought our attention to a number of newly hatched baby turtles which were seemingly attempting to find their way to the sea.
It’s generally not recommended to touch turtles or help them on their way. But as we watched the hatchling struggle not only with the long walk to the sea but with a number of cars racing up and down the beach, we made a decision to move them out of harm’s way and help give them a fighting chance. They swam away gracefully, and will hopefully now go on to live long lives!
The perfect camping spot to gaze onto the secret turtle beach
The beach at Ras Al Jinz