I visited the centre this week (9th January) which is the low season for turtles so wasn't sure what to expect. On arrival they tried to charge me 20 OMR more than Booking.com had guaranteed and I had to log on to the only public computer (no WiFi) to prove what I had been quoted. The rooms are basic. There is a tv and a mini bar, no hairdrier, no real view through the slit window but a comfortable bed. The duvet did not have a separate cover but seemed to be laundered.
The evening meal was a buffet so if you didn't like the limited choice you had to drive for 45 minutes back to Sur to eat. We were told to gather in the lobby at 8.30pm to go out to see the turtles but it was 9.30 before we eventually left to go to the beach. We were split into groups with around 22 in each and walked, in the dark, to the beach. When we arrived we spent an hour and a quarter being given information about turtles and having a magical time watching a turtle lay her eggs then begin to cover her hole over. We saw a turtle going back into the sea too. It was a really special experience. We then walked back to the centre and went to bed. At 03.45 we got up again and went back down to the lobby for the second tour. We waited for almost an hour to be told that there were no turtles on the beach so we wouldn't be going out but the guide had brought 3 baby turtles for us to see. We thought it was good but some people complained at being kept up for almost an hour only to be told to go back to bed. Breakfast is from 7 - 10 which is good as no-one had much sleep during the night and check out is a 12. Breakfast was a buffet with quite a good selection but no decaffeinated coffee and only full fat milk which was a shame.
After breakfast we went for a walk on the beach and along the coast which was superb. There is no danger of disturbing turtles during the day and we could not damage their nest holes so we could wander anywhere. It was brilliant and extremely interesting following all the turtle tracks from the night before.
We were lucky and saw turtles in the low season.
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- Ras Al-Jinz Turtle Reserve Oman/Sur