Jane Cartwright review 19 Feb 2018
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
The diversity of it all.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Go! But choose a different hotel in Nizwa - it was not up to the standard of the other accommodation on the trip.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
We were disappointed by the lack of conservation in place at the turtle reserve and how much (locals) are littering - particularly in the desert.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
Read the operator's response here:
Thanks for your excellent review on your tailor made tour of Oman. Weíre glad you had a fantastic time. Oman is very special to us as we have been delivering vacations there since the mid 1980ís and we have watched with interest the impact of tourism and how the locals are trying to respond to it. I am sorry you felt there were no conservation efforts at the turtle reserve as they do pledge to continue working on their initiatives to improve facilities for the turtles. As an example, there are now restrictions on vehicles, all the beaches are cleaned on a daily basis, and picnics etc. should not be allowed in order to protect the birthing area for the turtles. Socially, they also work to improve the community including programmes to educate local children, inviting children to learn about the area, support womenís associations and also employ over 80% of staff from the local area.
Sometimes, the efforts canít easily be observed during a short visit, but we are confident that Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve is an environmentally conscientious facility and mindful of continuous improvement of their conservation efforts in order to protect the animals they love.