I'm looking at taking a little trip Dubai to Oman during the return leg of uk - perth Australia trip. I heard that the beaches sometimes have turtles ( don't know when) and that it could be a good place to go but I know so little about the country...educate me, recommendations on where to fly in, what to do for such a short visit between long flights
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There are turtles around Muscat, on the beach at hotel Shangri-La for instance.
The main place for turtle watching however is Ras El Jinz, 250 kms south of Muscat. Check out [original link]
You can stay at their (basic) hotelrooms or you can book a tour and take a hotel somewhere else. Tours on the beach go out every night after dark and very early in the morning, accompanied by a certified guide. You can't go on the turtle beach by yourself.
We were there in November, which is the worst month for turtles and we still saw some. Amazing!
I recommend that you stay at Nomad Guest House.
It is owned by the world famous Nomad Tours, and the owners (Lorna is best) arrange tours of any description for you.
Have a look:
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And here is the website for the tours:
I went to Muscat, capital city of Oman last December for a week. I had a great time - found it all fascinating. I was however, a solo traveller. My kids are all grown up now.
If you decide to go you would probably enter the country via Muscat. It's about 40 minutes flight time from Dubai. There is a very nice, long but somewhat exposed, beach called the Shatt Al Qurm near to the Al Qurm district of the city. There is nothing much on the beach but right behind it is the modern Corniche with a number of cafés and restaurants located on the road. Families do go on the beach but there is absolutely no shade so your youngster might find it a little hot. Regarding turtle beaches you will have to travel long distances from Muscat before you can reach somewhere to find turtles laying their eggs. They do this at night so it probably wouldnt be ideal for your youngster. You also need a permit to get permission to access the beaches where the turtles haul up.
To get an insight into Omani family life you could go to the Qurm Natural Park which are gardens with children's play areas set amongst the trees. There is also the funfair which has rides for kids - some of them looked perfect for 5 year olds. Not too scary; more old fashioned sort of thing.
I did a review of Qurm Park which you might find useful. Click here if you want to read more:
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If you decide to go then I hope you enjoy Muscat.
You haven't said what time of year you plan to be there, but bear the summer weather in mind if that's when. It can easily be high forties Celsius and up to 100% humidity.