Oman, a well-kept tourism secret, is emerging on the international and regional tourism map, as travelers discover the expansive coastline with its diverse and fascinating marine life, its landscape of mountains and deserts, wadis and waterfalls, its wildlife, its culture, and its friendly and hospitable people.
Ras Al Jinz nature reserve was established in 1996 when the Ras al Jinz Ras Al Jinz national nature reserve and the Ras al Hadd national scenic reserve were merged into one order to better protect the sea turtles and their natural environment. The protected area stretches over 120 square kilometers with a 45-kilometer coastline, extending for one kilometer into territorial waters.
The reserve houses are numerous, where you can observe six thousand years old archaeological sites of fishermen villages and tombstones. Excavations have also unearthed several important relics- most notably Oman’s first wooden boat and the peninsula’s oldest incense burner.
These ancient remnants reflect the trade relations that linked fishermen to the inhabitants of the remote oases of the distant desert and commercial activities with Mesopotamia, India, Africa and China.
The Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve offers a truly unique experience- the fascinating scene of sea turtles nesting in a completely natural environment. The Centre also aims to promote social responsibility and sound environmental practices in the framework of an awareness-raising program.