Do you want to see a miracle?
During your holiday to Oman, you can bear witness to Mother Nature working her wonders at the easternmost point of Oman’s rugged peninsula. Every year the beach sands flow in peculiar directions beneath a moonlit sky as an ambling dole of olive shelled turtles prepare to lay their eggs. It’s a sight from the movies, and something that has to be seen to be believed. By booking your stay at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, you’ll become part of the magic.
What you’ll see on your Oman holiday is hundreds of turtles emerge from the surf and belly-crawl across the Ra al Jinz sands. Once they’ve found that sweet spot, the meter-long critters scoop out a space, lay their eggs, then lumber back towards the ocean. Watching them invade Oman’s shore for a night is an intimate sight, and not one you’ll easily forget.
On your Oman holiday, you’ll see two species: Hawksbill turtles and Green Sea turtles.
Both are endangered. Now, the turtles are placed under government protection and it’s illegal to hurt or kill them. Oman takes this seriously, and as a result, a number of conservation efforts are in practise. The aforementioned miracle can only be seen by joining an escorted tour.
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa have a dedicated turtle ranger to ensure the nests are sheltered from threats, and to raise awareness amongst guests and local communities through educational activities such as talks and viewings. Interested? The best time for an Oman holiday is between July and October. Approximately twenty thousand turtles lumber ashore and lay an estimated fifty to sixty thousand eggs during this time alone. To ensure minimal disturbance, a maximum of two hundred people are given entry to Ra al Jinz each evening and one hundred in the morning. Booking in advance is a must.
After roughly fifty days, tiny turtles hatch and begin their perilous journey back to the ocean. Though these species have seen rough times, this story has a happy ending. Shangri-La Barr Al jissah resort & Spa released 6,967 hatchlings into the wild. With the resort’s help, these creatures aren’t going anywhere soon.