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Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve

PO Box 296, Ras Al Jinz, Ras Al Jinz, Sur, Oman, 411 - See map
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Recommended by 82% of guests
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7.8 room quality and comfort
Very good service
7.7 rating for service
Very good cleanliness
7.6 rating for cleanliness

Booking the hotel you get the priority on the turtle tour in the evening which was fantastic (we could see turtles nesting and laying down eggs).

David | October 15, 2019

Exceptional experience to be able to see the turtles in a protected environment under the supervision of knowledgeable and passionate staff.

Michael | July 31, 2018

The facilities are very simple but comfortable u ,especially the pillows and quilts .

wenchiung | October 3, 2017

We stayed 1 night, this is the perfect place for a “stop and go” type of stay.

David | October 15, 2019

Led by knowledgeable gentlemen who made it a fascinating experience.

kylie | July 9, 2019

Food at the restaurant was very good and the staff were wonderful

kylie | July 9, 2019

  • Private beach

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Cheaper than 74% of all properties in Sur in the last 24 hoursCompared to 35 Sur properties at Agoda for various dates
Value for money6.5
Location rating8.9

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            Frequently asked questions

            What time is check-in and check-out at Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve?

            Check-in is from 2:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The property offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

            How do I get to Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve?

            For those who wish to drive their own cars, Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve has a car park available for guests. Car parking is free for guests.

            What is the smoking policy at Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve?

            Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free. The property offers its guests both smoking and non-smoking rooms. You can request your preferred room type during booking, but please keep in mind that rooms are subject to availability.

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            • 8.0
              Very good
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              "Hotel also has some nice walks nearby ."

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            7.4
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            1,088 reviews
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            6.4
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            The included turtle experience was great.
            kylie from Australia
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            More about Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve

            Renovated in 2011, the Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve guarantees guests a pleasant stay whether in Sur for business or pleasure. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. Each year, from about May to September, the high season is in full swing, and so too is the nesting season for the turtles.

            Every effort is made here to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the hotel provides the best in services and amenities. The hotel provides a 24-hour front desk, express check-in/check-out, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, and a car park to ensure guests the greatest comfort.

            The 31 rooms spread over two floors provide a warm and pleasant home away from home. Modern comforts such as air conditioning, satellite/cable TV, and an in-room safe can be found in selected rooms. The hotel's private beach is an ideal place to relax and unwind after a busy day. Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve is your one-stop destination for quality hotel accommodations in Sur.

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            8.7
            Excellent
            Rebecca from United States
            Couple
            Luxury Tent
            Stayed 1 night in November 2013

            Very special place marred only by other guests”

            turtles, tents, sunrise

            The luxury tent itself exceeded expectations, it was nicer than most brick and mortar hotel rooms we stayed in during the trip. Spacious, very large and comfortable bed, strong A/C, and simple but more than adequate bathroom with enough hot water for a long shower. That said - for this price and given the nature of tents not being sound proof Ras Al Jinz MUST do something to limit the size or age groups of tent groups. We were surrounded by a huge family spread across two tents with seven children, several under the age of five, that treated the area as their personal jungle gym and campground and completely ruined the tranquility of the location with tvs blasting and yelling. The buffet dinner and breakfast was adequate but nothing special. We are all staying here of course to see the turtles. The center staff are very kind and clearly want to do what's best for the animals. We visited during the November low turtle season, but were lucky enough to see one laying/burying eggs at the 9pm and then another moving back out to sea at the 4am tour. Its a very special experience absolutely worth driving all the way to this corner of Oman for. That said- again other tourists spoiled it a bit. There were far more than 100 people allowed on the beach, and more than twenty in each group, the night we visited. That is simply far too many, it was hours of driving, waiting, and then being rushed by the turtles for a 30 second peak. Groups of this size are predisposed to acting desperate/like idiots- from flashing cameras, to not being quiet, to aggressively surrounding the turtles trying to get a better look.

            Reviewed December 03, 2013
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Karthik from India
            Couple
            Standard Double Room
            Stayed 1 night in July 2014

            Excellent stay!”

            Great tour, superb location and good food

            Our stay at Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve was superb! The room was very neat and the dining facilities were good. Food was excellent. But the best feature of the trip was seeing the turtles in their natural habitat and the turtle museum!

            Reviewed August 01, 2014
            9.3
            Exceptional
            Phillipa from United Kingdom
            Couple
            Luxury Tent
            Stayed 1 night in March 2013

            Luxury tents, great experience”

            Very comfortable, clean and well equipped

            We were booked in a luxury tent at the Ras al Jinx turtle resort. Lovely tent, well equipped, including a very efficient shower. The staff were very helpful, and the guide who took us to the beach to view the turtles was very knowledgable and friendly. We had priority viewing the turtles as we were staying at the resort, and only had to walk onto the beach from our rooms. There was also a free museum with audio handsets at the resort, well worth taking an hour to visit.

            Reviewed March 12, 2013
            8.8
            Excellent
            wenchiung from Taiwan
            Family with young children
            Luxury Tent
            Stayed 1 night in September 2017

            Very valuable place ! My kids love sea turtles very much !”

            You can see a lot of stars when u live tent area . The facilities are very simple but comfortable u ,especially the pillows and quilts . We have a very nice sleep . We join the five o’clock tour in the morning. It’s an unforgettable experience we saw two sea turtles and three little sea turtles in front of us . Unfortunately I saw the sea turtle guide using the flash light towards the turtles. (include some tourists use flash light to take photos)They wants the tourists can take photos clearly but it would disturb the turtles. I hope the turtle reserve can educate the tour guides and tourists before the turtle tour starts . We should protect sea turtles and our earth in deed . Some tourists even touch the baby turtles.

            Reviewed October 03, 2017
            8.8
            Excellent
            Cara from United Arab Emirates
            Couple
            Luxury Tent
            Stayed 2 nights in September 2016

            Bucket list trip!”

            The turtle experience was incredible and the guides were so passionate about the work they do. Especially our 4am guide on Sat 17th September who was fantastic. We were able to see turtles every evening, both mothers and babies - definitely got really lucky! We stayed in the Eco tents which were really impressive in terms of facilities and were clean and comfortable with the much needed air con for the humid evenings. My only small issue was the noise of the tents during the night when it was really windy (metal loops banging off metal poles) - not something that was the fault of the resort. The staff were a great help with going further afield to see other parts of the area and gave great directions. The breakfast was simple but good quality, everything you could ask for really. I would recommend this at this time of year in terms of seeing the turtles as it was high season however I would also note that the 9pm turtle watches were really busy, to the point that I felt frustrated with other people who were only interested in a photo op and not the information on the animals. If you want to avoid crowds I would say go at a different time however you run the risk of not seeing so many turtles at a different time of year.

            Reviewed September 19, 2016
            9.7
            Exceptional
            Sarah from United Kingdom
            Couple
            Standard Double Room
            Stayed 1 night in February 2015

            Wonderful experience”

            turtle watching, Tented rooms, location

            we loved our one night stay here! It's slightly expensive but I don't mind that when you consider that the money is going towards conservation. The tented rooms are really nice and a bit of luxury including their own em suite, comfy beds and a/c. Location is excellent. Definitely worth staying here if you plan to go turtle watching. From the look of the main building the tents are much nicer and worth the extra over the rooms. Staff were excellent including the kitchen and dining staff and all guides very friendly. Better to stay here if you want to watch turtles as they make sure you are in the first groups to see the turtles in the evening and you get the extra morning tour. Food was decent (curry particularly good) and plenty of options including lots of low fat and healthy options. Only thing we felt that dinner was very expensive compared to elsewhere in Oman and they charge extra for the bottle of water that they serve to you as if it's included. I guess it's a captive market but it seemed unfair. The museum could do with a little attention ass some exhibits broken and I felt there could be more information about the turtles but overall is was the best thing we did in Oman. I would definitely do it again.

            Reviewed February 27, 2015
            7.7
            Very good
            Bassam from United States
            Family with teens
            Luxury Tent
            Stayed 1 night in June 2013

            Excellent Location for viewing Sea Turtles”

            Eco Tents, 15 -20 minute walk to the beach, quiet secluded area

            We had a very nice stay at the Reserve. It is a basic facility in a great location. The eco tents are very nice and comfortable with nice beds small fridge, water kettle and little bathroom with shower and hot water. We reserved an extra bed and it was sent over after a few hours. Towels and sheets were very clean. There is a patio in front of the tent and a little one in the back. Our tent had an ocean view off the back. The Breeze was amazing so we were able to enjoy sitting outside even on a hot and humid day. Due note if you take a tent in the back by the ocean it is very windy at night so you will hear noises. When you reserve the Eco tent it includes 2 turtle tours, breakfast and entrance to the museum. Don't miss any of these! The night tour is at 9:00 pm and we saw turtles laying eggs. The early morning is 4:00 am but it is worth it. We saw more turtles laying eggs and walking back to the beach with a beautiful sunrise. So worth staying here just to see the turtles. The beaches are very nice and we actually saw so many turtles swimming in the Sea. You will see lots of Crabs and turtle tracks in the sand. Overall it is a great experience for the whole family. We will go back in Sept or October to see the turtle babies.

            Reviewed June 18, 2013
            8.4
            Excellent
            David from United Arab Emirates
            Couple
            Standard Double Room
            Stayed 1 night in May 2016

            Great Stay!”

            Highly recommend the whole experience! We were the only ones staying in the hotel on this night and we were treated like royalty! Raja the Manager of the restaurant was outstanding and we really enjoyed the food. The turtle experience is central to this hotel, so no pool or view from the hotel room. There were no turtles visiting the beach during the evening as low season, but we were very lucky to see a turtle lay her eggs and return to the sea the following morning. Lovely small group of only 10 and the guide was excellent. Great being at the Reserve, no driving backwards and forwards!

            Reviewed May 15, 2016
            7.6
            Very good
            Mohammed from United Kingdom
            Couple
            Luxury Tent
            Stayed 1 night in February 2017

            Very good”

            We arrived at 7pm. If you arrive earlier you have access to the turtle beach until 1pm, at which point they ask visitors to leave to allow the turtles to arrive in peace. We booked one of the tents as opposed to the rooms. We strongly recommend the tents, they are much nicer and better equipped than the rooms, and sleeping under the stars is a brilliant experience. Each tent is air conditioned, very clean with comfortable beds and it's own shower and toilet with hot water. There are panels on the tents that unzip and expose a mesh window, porous enough to allow light through but also stop any flies or insects coming in. They are a 3 minute walk away from the main reserve but you can also drive between the two or utilise the buggy service. A buffet dinner is served on site, but we showered and rested instead. At 8.30pm we met in the main foyer. It was a busy night for the middle of February (off peak season) but room guests are given priority and are allowed out first, then ticketed guests. We walked for approximately 15 minutes to the beach where we saw two turtles laying their eggs. We were also lucky enough to see 4-5 hatchlings make their way to the sea and watched another turtle return back from egg laying into the water. The guide, who was a bit abrupt at first, clearly cared about the turtles and gave an explanation into the whole process. The experience lasts between 60-90mins depending on how much is going on. It was definitely an experience we won't be forgetting soon. Breakfast was buffet and nothing special but the memories from the night before will plaster over any flaws. Expensive but definitely worthwhile if you get a tent

            Reviewed June 07, 2017
            8.4
            Excellent
            Chia from Malaysia
            Couple
            Standard Double Room
            Stayed 1 night in September 2016

            Great place for turtle watching”

            The hotel is at the reserve itself. So it's very convenient & no late night driving to go for the turtle watching tours. The price includes breakfast, 2 tours (night & predawn) and entrance to the museum. As a hotel guest, you have a secured place on both tours. For non-hotel guests, you have to reserve your spot ahead of time. The room was spacious & clean.

            Reviewed September 16, 2016
            8.8
            Excellent
            dominic from United Kingdom
            Couple
            Luxury Tent
            Stayed 1 night in September 2016

            Poor wifi, great turtles”

            If you want to visit the turtles you cant get closer. We opted to stay in the luxury tent which although expensive and squeaky, had an excellent shower, was very clean and made a nice change to typical hotel rooms. The only downside was that the wifi across the whole reserve rarely worked.

            Reviewed September 27, 2016
            9.0
            Exceptional
            Charles from France
            Couple
            Luxury Tent
            Stayed 1 night in September 2015

            Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve”

            Activities (Turtle watching), Panorama, Luxury tent

            Mostly everything was great. The location is spectacular, the tents are very unusual and comfortable, food was decent and the buffet offered quite much choice. The highlight, turtle watching, is just magic, well organized, with interesting guides. Negative points: - Knowing that after the 4am turtle watching, you go to bed somewhere between 5.30 and 6.30am, having some workers doing some drilling, talking and laughing very loud at 8.15am is not that enjoyable... - No real coffee for breakfast

            Reviewed September 30, 2015
            7.2
            Very good
            Conrad from India
            Couple
            Standard Double Room
            Stayed 1 night in September 2016

            Pleasant stay”

            We were a couple, stayed at the reserve in the first week of October. It was my third visit to see the turtles, my earlier visits were before the reserve started. There are two turtle tours, first at 8.30 PM and the second at 4 AM. People staying at the reserve don’t need to pay for the tours as it is included in the room rent and get the first chance to watch the turtles. It is done in batches of 20 people. We had a huge crowd at the night tour, most of them were not staying at the reserve. The morning tour was peaceful for us as we were only one batch and could see the turtles clearly at the sun rise, the beach too is beautiful. The experience was good and we enjoyed it. Regarding the rooms, they were small as it is a reserve and can’t expect much but equipped with all essential amenities. The buffet breakfast had a decent spread, and everyone get a free car wash at the parking in the morning.

            Reviewed November 28, 2016
            9.3
            Exceptional
            diana from United States
            Family with young children
            Stayed 1 night in June 2013

            Best Hotel to see the Sea Turtles!!!!”

            location location location

            The hotel is right on the nature preserve, so it provides the BEST access to the Green Turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs. The hotel stay includes breakfast and 2 sea turtle viewings (one at 9 pm, and one at 4 AM). The room was very clean and laid out well, even had a big screen tv. The whole family loved it

            Reviewed June 30, 2013
            9.0
            Exceptional
            Daniel from United States
            Family with teens
            Luxury Tent
            Stayed 1 night in November 2015

            Came with kids and glad we did”

            -saw a turtle laying eggs...even though it was low season. Location is amazing. Loved the family tents...two king size beds.

            Really great! Staff was nice and polite and the tents were very big for our family. Our 3 kids age 11,9 and 6 shared a big bed. We missed seeing baby turtles though we heard one later group saw them. We saw two different turtles and one we saw laying many eggs. Amazing experience. Sunrise on the Indian Ocean / Arabian Sea was gorgeous.

            Reviewed November 29, 2015
            9.3
            Exceptional
            Travis from United States
            Family with young children
            Stayed 1 night in February 2014

            Great opportunity to see turtles in nature.”

            turtles, comfortable accommodations, good guide

            Visited with young children (8-mos, 2 & 4). Great night tour, guide did wonderfully with our young ones. Others suggested bringing a flashlight. That's good for the walk to/from beach, but can't use it on the beach. However, LED lamps with a red-light function can use the red-light on the beach. Luxury tents were very comfortable. We arrived late. Definitely recommend arriving before sunset, as driving through Sur (and trying to follow the few signs) was a little tricky without sunlight.

            Reviewed February 09, 2014
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Elena from Russia
            Couple
            Standard Double Room
            Stayed 1 night in March 2016

            A bit overpriced, but still worth it”

            The room was clean and decent overall, the service amazingly helpful and polite. The turtle watching is extremely well organised, we've got to see 3 big turtles and a baby one at night. Totally worth it, never experienced anything like that before!

            Reviewed April 02, 2016
            6.0
            vaishnava from Oman
            Family with young children
            Luxury Tent
            Stayed 1 night in November 2016

            Eco Friendly reserve”

            Though there are other location and properties in Oman to stay and watch the nesting activity of Turtles Ras Al Jinz is a stand alone property that offers better facility with English speaking guides and information through museum.

            Reviewed November 25, 2016
            7.7
            Very good
            arunkumar from India
            Couple
            Stayed 1 night in January 2014

            Comfortable, clean rooms, great views, no crowds.”

            Turtles performance! Tent stay, friendly staff and knowledgeable guides.

            Checking in was quick. The tent stay though a great novelty for us, was a little spoilt by the odour of the septic tank in the bathroom (though it was not obvious inside the bedroom. The resort should look into that. Also this was Jan - very cold, windy weather in which a heater in the room would have made our stay more comfortable especially when I had my mother aged 80 with me. The guide could have made note of the older people and those with disabilities (there was a man with a stick and walking disability) and walked a little slower to accommodate them - taking cognisance of the fact that it was an irregular unmarked path on a beach at night with no illumination except the small flashlight (of the guide) in the front. My personal electronic guide at the turtle museum (on the premises, free entrance for hotel guests)ran out of battery in the middle of the tour. The souvenir shop could be bigger and stock more Omani handicrafts than just "turtle" based objects.

            Reviewed January 17, 2014
            8.8
            Excellent
            Magdalena from Poland
            Family with young children
            Standard Double Room
            Stayed 1 night in October 2017

            Great turtle viewing”

            The hotel itself is so so. Quite basic. However you do not come here for the hotel but to see the turtles which is an amazing experience. We did both tours, evening and morning and we saw plenty of turtles both times.

            Reviewed October 15, 2017
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