Sur, the capital city of Ash-Sharqiyyah South Governorate, is located along the coast of the Gulf of Oman. This ancient port city makes for a pretty picture with the azure sea on one side and the majestic Hajar Mountains in the backdrop. Once a hub of dhow-building, the city is now a popular tourist destination given its sandy beaches and bustling souks. Ancient forts, a lighthouse, and a splendid corniche add to the charm of the place. With a modest selection of cafes and restaurants, it’s easy to soak up the local vibe while savoring authentic Middle Eastern cuisine. Exotic sweetmeats from cozy bakeries make for the perfect end to a delicious meal! The turtle reserve at Ras Al Jinz and the attractions of Tiwi are just an hour’s drive away. Only a 45 minute drive away is Ras Al Jinz, with its dramatic cliffs and beautiful sandy beaches. Apart from the lure of its sun-drenched shorelines, the possibility of watching endangered sea turtles nesting up close is what draws visitors to the region. The turtle reserve here is a protected site and entry of visitors is restricted to escorted groups with a limited number of people. An ancient castle and a museum that underscores the love for turtles dating back decades are the main attractions in this laid back region. That apart, soaking in the sun on the picturesque beach and a refreshing dip in the waters of the Arabian Sea are must-do activities in Ras Al Jinz!
Endangered Green Turtles
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Places: Muscat (2 days) → Nizwa (1) → Jebel Akhdar (1) → Wahiba Sands (1) → Sur and Ras Al Jinz (1) → Muscat (1)
Tour Highlights: Royal Opera House, Grand Mosque, Muttrah Souk, Forts & Castles, Al Hoota Caves, Village Walks...
Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve sits along the beach amid dramatic cliffs, in a charming fishing village that shares its name. Located close to the village of Ras al Hadd, this comfortable guesthouse is an ideal base for a turtle nesting adventure.
Turtle Beach Resort is conveniently located in Sur, along the southern coastline of the Arabian Peninsula. Close to the village of Ras Al Hadd, this traditional Omani guesthouse-style property is a very short walk away from the beach.