Discover Oman - Family Adventure Holiday in Oman
Oman, Family, 8 days - from £1,395 (land only) - from €1,675 (land only) - from $2,295 (land only)
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The Green Turtles of Oman
Experts estimate 50,000 to 60,000 endangered Green Turtle eggs are laid each year in the Sultanate, giving Oman probably the greatest number of nesting green turtles in the Indian Ocean. The largest number are found on the beaches of the peninsula of Ras Al Hadd. The sandy secluded beaches provide suitable conditions for the... More
Experts estimate 50,000 to 60,000 endangered Green Turtle eggs are laid each year in the Sultanate, giving Oman probably the greatest number of nesting green turtles in the Indian Ocean. The largest number are found on the beaches of the peninsula of Ras Al Hadd. The sandy secluded beaches provide suitable conditions for the turtles and it is an experience of true wonder as you see mothers hauling themselves up the beaches or the baby turtles breaking to the surface and scurrying to the sea. The peak nesting months are September and October and the eggs hatch approximately 50 days later.
Ras al Hadd Turtle Beach
Except for Ras al Jinz/Ras Al Hadd, Oman has closed all the 275 turtle nesting beaches on its coastline in order to protect their habitat. Green Turtles feed on luxuriant seaweeds and other green plants and are found everywhere in Omani waters. They can be seen in the hundreds, even thousands over the larger feeding areas. A Green Turtle will lay about 110 eggs in a single clutch. It is the fastest swimming turtle, reaching speeds up to 32 km (20 mph). Adults may reach a shell length of more than 1metre and a body weight of more than 180 kg. The male never leaves the sea and the female leaves it only to lay her eggs. Ras al Hadd Turtle Reserve covers 120 sq km of beaches, coastal lands, seabed and two khawrs. It is estimated that the protected area hosts 6,000 to 13,000 turtles annually. They arrive from the Arabian Gulf, remote areas of the Red Sea and the Somali coast. We will pick you up around 1pm from your hotel in Muscat and drive you to Ras Al Hadd where we check into our hotel or nearby barasti huts and relax and have dinner before going out at around 10pm to see the turtles come ashore to lay their eggs or see the new arrivals make a dash for the sea by the light of the moon. The following morning we return to Muscat.
Available 'All Year' between
Overnight accommodation in Ras Al Hadd in a basic hotel or huts, dinner, turtle viewing, permit fees and all associated transfers.
What's Not Included
Trips, drinks and any other miscellanous expenses.
Pick-up from hotel at 1pm. Transfer to Ras Al Hadd and check into accommodation. Relax and have dinner before viewing turtles at 10pm
Breakfast and return to Muscat for 1pm