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Carapace Lodge, Ras al-Jinz Scientific & Visitors Centre

Carapace Rooms & Eco-Tents:

A total of 31 rooms, 17 air-conditioned twin/double en-suite rooms, 2 Air-conditioned bunk bedded en-suite for families/ small groups, all equipped with toilets, mini refrigerator, tea-coffee maker and LCD TV.

12 Luxury Eco-Tents on a hillock close by equipped with attached toilets, mini refrigerator, tea-coffee makers and LCD TV.

Turtle Watching:

Guided turtle viewing excursions at night, when the sea green turtles come to the beach to nest.
Early morning guided tours are also available on a daily basis.

Turtle Visitor Centre(Museum):

Ras Al Jinz Sea Turtle Reserve has opened the much awaited “Turtle’s Visitor Centre” specially dedicated to the Sea turtle’s life cycle and the archaeological findings at Ras Al Jinz.

This “Turtle’s Visitor Centre” is one of its kinds introducing an array of new museographical display systems and technologies in the Sultanate of Oman.

Open: All days from 0900 hrs to 2000 hrs

Entry fee:
– Free for Room guests.
– Each adult OMR 1 net
– Each child for below 12 years 500 Baisa net.
– Free for children below 5 years.

Sambuk, 60 covers eatery on the ground floor provides coffee shop style a la carte menu and a set three course dinner menu.

Lunch/ Dinner is available in the restaurant, usually a set menu. An all-day dining menu is also available.

Gift shop:
A must visit gift shop which has a number of local handicraft items, pictures, postcards, books and Ras Al Jinz branded items.

Selected books on sea green turtles located at the lobby level.

Meeting room:
Meeting room with a capacity up to 30 persons seating in theatre style is available with audio visual facilities.

Non- Residents:
Please book in advance for Turtle watching as only a limited number of visitors are allowed.

Beach access:
8.00am to 1.30pm at Notional Rates.
Please note that the vehicles are not allowed & neither are Picnics.

About Ras Al-Jinz

Ras AI Jinz is a fishing village located in the Ras AI Hadd Turtle Reserve on the eastern shores of the Arabian Peninsula. The Ras AI Jinz beach is world renown for the nesting endangered green turtle (Chelonia mydas), probably the most important nesting concentration on the Indian Ocean. This is the only place where the public can watch the nesting process of these amazing sea giants.

The Turtle Reserve was established by Royal Decree in 1996. The Ras AI Jinz Turtle Centre, a truly ecotourism project, was established in 2008 to help conserve the fascinating and amazing nesting processes of these giants of the marine turtle world.

Whilst the Centre cannot control the natural threats to marine turtles such as, birds, crabs and fish preying on the hatchlings or adult turtles being attacked by sharks or foxes predating on the eggs and hatchlings, the Reserve, in conjunction with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, can educate and control the human induced threats, such as:

• Commercial harvesting for turtle meat and shells
• Loss of Habitat
• Disturbance while nesting
• Litter/pollution such as plastic bags and bottles, glass bottles, soda cans, tissues, fishing line, rope and so on
• Throwing any rubbish into the sea or onto the beach
• Artificial light such as flash photography and car lights
• Vehicles driving on beaches

The centre conducts guided excursions every night to view the turtles and witness the nesting process. All the Centre guides have a commitment to the preservation of the turtle and are knowledgeable.

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