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Ras Al Jinz Scientific & Visitor Center
Ranked #2 of 7 things to do in Sur
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

We followed the advice of the center and attended the 8pm viewing . We were fortunate to see laying of eggs, hatchlings scrambling to the ocean, and burying of eggs at that viewing. The guides were very respectful and knowledgeable and seemed to have a great respect for the turtles. Went the following day to view the center resources. A wonderful experience all around

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Reviewed March 19, 2013

Well worth a visit if you are a nature lover, and even if you aren't. The guide will take you for a longish walk to the beach to see mother turtle laying her eggs and, hopefully, baby turtle making it from his hatching site in the sand safely down to the water and life in the ocean. Transport is provided for those who don't feel up to the walk.

We were lucky to see eggs being laid and a lone turtle just making it into the sea. Fingers crossed, I hope he hasn't been taken by a predator, though his odds are not great.

Those who want a souvenir can visit the shop in the centre and go to the loo before heading off.

Thank Tim C
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Returned to the Scientific Center again to see the turtles once more.
Stayed in the new Eco tents that have been opened for just 2 months.
They are a lovely addition to the center. Situated between 2 hillocks just to the right of
the main building and easy to either walk or drive to. There are 2 categories, a double for 2 people or a quad for 4 people. Quads have 2 large double beds great for a family. Tents are imported from Australia apparently made to withstand heat, wind and sand. They are fitted with air conditioning which we didn't need to use but we tested the A/C and it was fairly noiseless. The flaps of tent fold down to let a breeze through which we preferred as it was not hot. Bathroom is adequate with a good shower. The wardrobe is slightly oversized for the room. Tea and Coffee making facilities and a vey comfortable bed. Continues to be a must stay place. Food is still basic but fresh and tasty. The museum was open and very good. Sadly no turtles for the first time on the early morning run, but there for all to see in the evening. Will be back next year.

2  Thank SandraOwen
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

We heard about this visitor center through friends who also have small children and changed our Oman trip to include this destination and it did not disappoint. The highlight is certainly the evening tours run by the visitor center. Tours generally start at 9pm and start with a 15 minute walk down to the beach before seeing the Green Sea Turtles lay eggs and crawl back to the ocean.

On the night we were there one turtled came on the beach (the literature states there is at least one turtle that comes onto beach every night) but she was not able to lay eggs. We were able to watch her walk back to the sea and my daughter, who is almost two, was absolutely fascinated by the process.

After she swam away we watched baby turtles who had hatched make their way to the sea as well which is quite a sight.

In my opinion it is the guides that truly make this tour. They severely limit the number of people on the beach, and our tour guide spent an hour walking through the entire process of how the Green Sea turtles come to the area, come onto the beach, make a nest, lay eggs and leave. He also included a good deal of information on the turtle shells, the hatching process, predators, etc. It was a great presentation and put the turtle sighting in its greater context.

Word of warning - if you are not staying at the adjacent hotel, reservations are a must. We visited in February and quite a few people without reservations were turned away. We called the center but you can also send them an e-mail.

Thank Dave_Saunders
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

You can do the turtle-watching without staying there, but I wouldn't recommend it. Apart from anything else, it would be very difficult to find it in the dark, if you were driving from Sur.
The building is modern with rather lacklustre public areas, but the room was OK - rather spartan, with just one tiny window, but comfortable enough. Dinner and breakfast are included, both buffets, and likewise perfectly adequate if rather unimaginative.
The turtle-watching is done twice: at 9 p.m. and at 4:30 a.m., but I only did the evening tour. It was quite well organised (by local standards), the guide was knowledgeable and informative, and we managed to watch four turtles in various stages of laying their eggs, which was fair enough given that this is off-season. The tour took around 2 hours. The main problems were the size of the group (around 30), and the fact that there are no child-free groups. In my group, the other adults were all polite and considerate, allowing others to get a good view where the viewing angle is limited. However, there were two families with children who allowed them to continue talking in loud voices, despite the guide telling us all to be silent; they also pushed their children to the front at every opportunity, which meant the children were blocking the view of other people. This was particularly annoying since most of these children were clearly not interested in the turtles anyway.
Having child-free groups would be a welcome improvement.
In the morning, the beach with its beautiful rock formations is open and there was nobody else there - a wonderful half hour!
All in all, a very good experience, though as is common in Oman, the rooms are overpriced, at 75 rials including breakfast and dinner.

Thank tnbms162016
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