Over 48,000 visited Ras al Jinz turtle reserve last year
More than 48,000 domestic and foreign tourists visited Ras al Jinz turtle reserve in Ras al Hadd in the wilayat of Sur last year.
Of these, the number of foreign visitors was 37,044 and domestic was 7,373. There were 1,498 visitors from the GCC countries. Some 771 students of the sultanate also visited the reserve. The number of visitors from other Arab countries was about 2,061.
The turtle reserve is one of the most important tourist destinations in the sultanate. It is frequently visited by people from inside and outside the country.
The Ras al Hadd in the wilayat of Sur situated in South Sharqiyah governorate has a lot of natural elements including tranquil beaches and moderate weather whole year. The turtle reserve of Ras al Jinz was a major tourist attraction last year.
The reserve has huge tourism activity whole year as it is very attractive and where a large number of turtles nestle on the beach of the reserve, said Vijay Handa, cluster general manager of the Ras al Jinz turtle reserve.
He said that there were a number of programmes and attractive offers designed for tourists last year. They included special packages for schoolchildren to watch the turtles at sunrise and in the evening, watching of dolphins, touring on bicycles and visiting some Omani houses to learn about the culture.
The visitors to the reserve can stay in 31 accommodation units, as well as well-equipped tents. The facilities also include a restaurant which can accommodate 60 people. It has a library equipped with the best audio visual devices and books. There is a souvenir shop as well. The reserve has about 80,000 turtles of different varieties.