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On the beaches

We camped here on White beach, near Shab, on the first night of the New Year and the next morning watched a golden sunrise over the Gulf of Oman while the mountains rose up starkly behind us. Except for us the beach was deserted and we had time to explore and enjoy the serenity.

We swam here at Ras Al Hadd, on the eastern most point of Oman where the Arabian Sea meets the Gulf of Oman in a line of white capped breakers. The fishermen leave their boats pulled up just past the water line.

We saw green turtles here at Ras Al Jinz. The Sea Turtle and Nature Reserve, near the village of Ras Al Hadd, is one of the largest nesting areas for Green Turtles in the Indian Ocean. We stayed in a hut made from date palm fronds at the Turtle Beach Resort, and after dark, went to the Turtle Reserve where we saw the full circle of life – from turtles laying their eggs in the sand to tiny babies hatching and struggling to make their way to the relative safety of the water. Cameras were forbidden so these pictures come courtesy of Wikipedia.

Baby green turtles at Ras al-Jinz, Oman

Baby green turtles at Ras al-Jinz, Oman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Green turtle nesting at Ras al-Jinz, Oman

Green turtle nesting at Ras al-Jinz, Oman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  We fished here at Seeb. There is a local fish market on the beach and the fishermen lay out their fresh catch right on the sand. We didn’t have to buy this day as we caught our own beauty, big enough for a meal for four.