Sunday, October 27, 2013

Eid holidays with Green Turtles

We are back home from our little Eid holidays trip and all settled back into our routine. It was a refreshing little break to my bro-in-laws place in Muscat.  The best part was the little family reunion - Smera with catching up her cousins sisters and brothers and the night long gossip sessions with the sister-in-law.  However the highlight of the trip was our visit to Ras-al-Hadd, very famous for its green turtle nesting conservatory. 

After couple of hours drive from the Muscat and overtaking countless rocky mountains on either side, we pulled up to this place on a secluded beach. The beach house belonged to one of our family friends and was all ours for the duration of our stay. We settled in at once after a bit of cleaning up. It was around 8 at night when we tucked in the noodles and chicken and waited eagerly for the turtle trail.

It was a moonlit night and there is nothing like walking on the beach with cool breeze hitting your face and sand in your shoes. We were a gang of 11, silently waiting to see the Green Turtles to come towards the land to lay eggs. In the mean time, we made sure we kept the kids occupied by making sand castles and interconnecting network of underground tunnels – it was so much fun that even the adults enjoyed it.

From a distance we could see a few of the turtles slowly walking towards the land, the waves helping them come ashore. The slowly walk towards the land and find a good spot lay eggs. It takes them about 10-15 minutes to dig a safe for them to lay eggs and once done they would cover it up, for them hatch. 

The entire experience was breathtaking, every element of the nature helps nest here. The moon gives them enough light, the waves help the come on to the shore, take them back once they are ready to go back and lastly the sand provides a safe nest for eggs to hatch safely. Once the eggs hatch the tiny new-baby turtle would quickly rush off to the sea. It’s magical to see them swiftly walking towards the waves, the noise from the waves guides them home.

However there is a catch to it, you cannot make noise, use big torch and click picture as it would disturb and the local guide makes all this rule perfectly clear before the start of the tour. They would end tour right then if we break even once single rule.


Oman takes pride in the fact that the Green turtles have chosen their land to nest. With great care they make sure no harm is done to them. During the conversation, the guide mentioned that some the tagged turtles have been tracked as far as Africa. If you are anytime around visiting Oman then I would highly recommend you to visit this incredible place, almost close to heaven on Earth. To add cherry on the top the drive from Muscat to Ras al Hadd is picturesque, definitely one not to be missed. 


The morning after the viewing the turtles, catching the glimpse of the Sun rising!! 


Heading to the waves 

Lost the path a bit but the sunshine helped him get back!

Breakfast time

Looking out for some more



Sunshine and morning walk is good everybody's health, including this one's 








16 comments:

  1. Wow..this must have been a really good experience. Please write more details.

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    1. Thanks Sangeeta .. same pinch on the name :D .. If you want to really visit this place, it's a couple of drive from Muscat city towards Sur and there are couple of resorts at Ras Al Hadd or you could just stay at Muscat and drive down from there .. the drive is beautiful and make sure to pack a picnic basket.

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  3. Hi Sangeeta,

    That must have been a brilliant and awe inspring experience. It is commendable that the omani government is taking steps to conserve the green turtles and their habitats. Nice to hear that the guide will cancel the tour if people try to disturb the nesting in any way. Thumbs up to them!

    It must have been a spendid experience waking up to such a surreal sunset! :)

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    1. Absolutely Pallavi, you must visit if you are in Oman anytime .. :D

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  4. Hi, I stay in Muscat and been to this place as well...its a very serene and beautiful experience,, :-) Hope you had a great time here..and great read this one :-)

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    1. Anita - thanks girl ! Maybe we should connect next time I am in Muscat .. that would be lovely :D

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  6. Nice pics!
    Tell the story....more than 1000 words! :)

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    1. The credit really goes to the hubby.. he loves to capture nature :D

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  7. You mind snatching some green turtles and shipping them to my apartment? I'll give you my address :D. (kidding). But it must have been a awesome experience!

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  8. Its amazing how nature has its ways. Lay eggs and leave and still little ones come back to them. Enjoyed the post, your enthusiasm your fear for safety of the turtles, the precautions and prevention. Loved the pictures and the captions. My fav was the crab and his morning walk.

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  9. Nice post and very beautiful pictures !!

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