Welcome to Ras Al Jinz
Oman has an important role to play in the conservation of this endangered species and takes the responsibility seriously, with strict penalties for harming turtles or their eggs. The area is under government protection and the only way to visit the site is by joining an escorted tour.
While the tour is intended for the well-being of the turtle, at peak holiday times large volumes of people flock to the reserve. Thankfully groups are limited to 25 people per guide with no more than eight guides in each session. Despite the reserve's best efforts, there is something immensely intrusive about large, noisy groups gawping at such an intimate act, especially when flippers are lifted out of the way for better viewing and the frightened turtles are chased down the beach by mobile-phone wielding individuals. As such, the experience may not be to everyone's taste.
A maximum of 200 people, including those staying at the guesthouse, are given entry each evening and 100 in the morning, so booking in advance is a must.