Oman highlights tour

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Oman highlights tour

Environment

This tour visits the Ras Al Junayz beach, one of the largest nesting areas for green turtles in the Indian Ocean. An average of 30,000 turtles nest at this beach. The Ras Al-Junayz Turtle and Nature Reserve was established in 1996 to better protect Oman’s Sea turtles and their natural environment. Clients are encouraged to donate to the research centre during their visit.

The total protected area is 120km with a 45km of coastline, extending for 1km into the sea. The Ras Al Junayz Scientific and Visitors Centre offers a unique Ecotourism experience – an unparalleled encounter with sea turtles. It also houses a research library and research facilities for marine biology and archaeology promoting social responsibility and sound environmental practices. Access to the beach is controlled by the authorities to protect the turtles.

Today, over 275 beaches along the Omani coastline - from Musandam in the north to Dhofar in the south - now shelter the turtles during the summer breeding season and tourism is strictly monitored through the issuing of permits for OR1 (AUD $3.00). Wardens also escort visitors to the beach at 9.30 in the evening, where they watch the turtles come ashore.

Whilst on tour we encourage exploration on foot as well as by boat - for example on Telegraph Island where you will sail to inlets, concealed villages and peaceful beaches on a dhow. There's snorkelling equipment on board and guides will be on hand to help guests explore the magical waters responsibly. You'll get the chance to experience the varied landscapes of Oman on this trip - from towering mountains and lush pastureland as you head to Mughsail to fragile interior desert, we take care to travel as lightly as possible through all these places and accommodation in a traditional tented camp ensures that the environment is preserved for future generations as we leave no trace.

Community

This trip visits several local communities in the Wahiba Sands Desert allowing clients to purchase handicrafts made by the locals. Any money from the sale of the handicrafts helps the local Bedouins to support their families.

Local Bedouin guides are hired to explain their way of life to clients on parts of this tour. This enables them to earn a regular living from the visiting tourists.

The Wahiba desert camp, 1000 Nights Camp, is locally owned and employs local people to help run it. It is furnished and decorated using regional furniture and materials and provides locally sourced food and traditional entertainment to help support the local community.

There is no electricity at the camp with no light pollution or sound pollution as the camp uses natural resources to blend in with the environment. All waste from the campsites is taken away and recycled. There is no evidence left of any travellers staying in the desert.

Although there is a certain amount of flying on this holiday, we feel it necessary to access remote, off the beaten track locations where tourism helps the local communities there by supporting local trade and livelihoods.

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