Turtles are shy creatures that play a vital role in the ecosystem as they have maintained the health of the world’s oceans for more than 100 million years by preserving productive coral reef ecosystems and transporting essential nutrients from the oceans to beaches and coastal dunes. But it is sad to say that according to the Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, top 25 species of turtles are almost likely to become extinct, with a further 40 species at very high risk of becoming extinct. Thus, many organizations have taken measures to conserve these wonderful creatures that help conserve our precious ocean ecosystems. One of them is the Ras Al Jinz Turtle Sanctuary.

The Ras Al Jinz Turtle Sanctuary is situated by the much popular Ras AI Jinz beach that is famous for the nesting of endangered Green Turtles, Olive Ridley Turtles, Loggerhead Turtles, and the critically endangered Hawksbill Turtles. As these nesting turtles are endangered due reasons such as commercial harvesting for meat and shells, loss of habitat, disturbance while nesting.Etc. the Ras Al Jinz Turtle Sanctuary was established in 2008 to help preserve the lives of these amazing beasts.


The sanctuary is located in a quiet fishing village that has many other tourist excursions. If you’re in search of a good Sur Plaza hotel to stay at while visiting the turtles you can consider a stay at the renowned Sur Plaza Hotel that’s less than an hour away from the sanctuary and just minutes away from another major attraction in Sur, the Sunaysilah Fort.

The best time to see turtle hatching is during summer between May and September. The Ras Al Jinz Turtle Sanctuary arranges tours to see the turtles hatching as well as being an interactive museum with research laboratories and a wide range of amenities for visitors to learn about sea turtles.

Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.