- Travel Info
Thousands of sea turtles migrate annually from the shores of the Arabian Gulf, the Red Sea, and Somalia to lay their eggs on the Sultanate’s shores. Oman has five of the seven species of sea turtles. They are: The Green Turtle, found on most Omani beaches and plentiful in Ras Al Hadd, Ras Al Jinz, Masirah Island and Ad Daymaniyat Islands; the Loggerhead Turtle that nests on Masirah Island, the shores of Dhofar and Ad Daymaniyat Islands; the Hawksbill Turtle that nests on the shores of Muscat and Ad Daymaniyat Islands; the Olive Ridley Turtle that nests on Masirah Island; and the Leatherback Turtle which is found in Omani waters but does not nest in the Sultanate. At night, these turtles carrying their heavy shells on their backs, drag themselves out of the water to the beach, and strenuously and with great difficulty, dig a hole in the sand using the tips of their paws to bury their eggs and then return to the sea. After about 55 days, the eggs hatch and baby turtles come out to start the most dangerous journey of their lives, trying to avoid hungry foxes, crabs and birds and push their way towards the sea where they can find safety in the waters. Watching the turtles’ night dash to the sea is among the most popular tourist activities.
Trip includes :
What to bring/wear :
Day 1 : Muscat – Bimmah Sink Hole – WadiShab – Turtle Beach
After breakfast in the hotel, you will meet the Omani Guide at 8:00 am. The drive takes around 2 hours toward Wadi Shab before that we stop at Sink Hole. Then Continue to Wadi Shab, we walk 45 mantes in wadi Wadi Shab is probably the most well-known. Lined with palm trees and including several hidden pools ideal for swimming, will have Picnic Lunch than walk back to parking change clothes and drive to Sur stop an ancient seaport where they still build Arabian dhows the traditional way. Then drive 40km to Turtle Beach Resort. Then we will have dinner at 7:30 before a short drive to Ras al Jinz to see the turtles at 9:00 pm will finish at 11:00 pm drive back to the Resort to sleep.
Day 2: Beach resort – Sur – WadiDayqah Dam – Quriyat – Muscat
Turtle Watching After breakfast we head for Muscat via Sur along the coast road our first stop is at Sur an ancient seaport where they still build Arabian dhows the traditional way. The carpenters put the whole thing together without any drawings. From Sur, we drive back along the coast to see the newly constructed WadiDaygah dam and the vast reservoir of water it contains. Our last stop before returning to Muscat is the fishing port of Quriyat. Then drive back to Muscat it takes 1 hour and a half from Quriyat to your hotel .
pick-up at 8 am – the first day
drop-off by 4 pm – second day