Ras Al Jinz increases daily tourist capacity

With perfect ambience and picturesque setting, Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve is a tourists delight. Photo — Supplied photo

Muscat: Watching Green Turtles nesting along the sea-front with only the roaring waves breaking the eerie silence under a moon-lit night sky is an out-of-world experience at Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve Centre.

But despite travelling for more than 300km, a large number of people return to Muscat without seeing these turtles, all because they didn't book in advance with the Turtle Reserve Management Company.

But now the rules have been relaxed by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs where another 100 persons can be accommodated to see these turtles. "We used to take 100 persons in five batches at 9pm and 4am. But now we have started taking an additional 100 people in batches at 10pm. So the daily capacity has increased to 300 people," said Vijay Handa, general manager, Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve Centre.

The rule which came into effect this month will benefit the winter visitors this year since many return without seeing the turtles in peak season.

"I went twice during the peak summer season and was denied entry since it was full. Both the times I made the mistake of not booking earlier," said S. Thomas, an Indian expatriate working in Muscat.

Handa said that the increased capacity is mainly due to hotels which are situated in and around Sur.

"Besides, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs has started opening up Ras Al Hadd to see turtles if there are too many bookings at Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve Centre. Though it is not a guided tour, the visitors here can see turtles for themselves," Handa said.

With perfect ambience and a picturesque setting, Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve Centre has already turned out to be one of the most-sought after places for turtle watching.

For people who want to spend some extra bucks, eco-friendly tents with all the modern amenities and overlooking the sea have been erected on hilltops a stone's throw from the main reserve site. And if you don't want to strain yourself, there is a golf cart to ferry you from the luxury tents to the base camp.

These tents have been imported from Eco-Structures Australia and are first of their kind in Oman.

These luxury tents are wind proof/ rain proof and have been tested in cyclone hit areas as well for safety.


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