Responsible Tourism

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, the incredible landscape of immense mountains and deserts, breath-taking wadis, pure waterfalls, natural wildlife, special culture, and the remarkably friendly and hospitable people.

Oman tourism provides remarkably enjoyable experiences for tourists by delivering more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social, and environmental issues. The Ras Al Jinz turtles nature reserve is a perfect example of that.

Ras Al Jinz turtles nature reserve was established in 1996 when the 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. Making Ras Al Jinz turtles nature reserve one of the most important sites for endangered sea turtles in the area.

The reserve houses are numerous, where you can observe fascinating six thousand years old antique archaeological sites of fishermen villages and tombstones. Among those excavations, you can find several important relics – most notably is 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 an absolutely unique experience – the fascinating scene of Oman’s sea turtles nesting in a completely natural environment. The Centre also aims to promote social responsibility, environmental practices, and positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage in the framework of an awareness-raising program.