Starting from our wonderful Hotel in Muscat today, we will be headed towards our southernmost location on the tour. Passing by the city of Sur the Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve will be our next destination on the travel itinerary. As the name already says, we will be watching the giant green turtles, which are home to this beach of Oman, later in the evening. Along the way, however, there is a lot to see as well.
Right after we left the hotel, we started our first stretch of dirt road on the tour. At first, everyone in the group had to get used to riding on unpaved roads. But pretty soon, it was great fun for everybody.
Dietmar from Germany got used to riding the dirt road pretty quickly
Of course, we always have a chase vehicle following the group all day long. Ibrahim from Touratech Middle East is driving the FJ.
This southern part of the Hajar mountain range has a brighter colour of stone. As a contrast, the mountains northwest of Muscat have a much darker type of stone.
All the riders are happy
After having left the dirt road, we continued further south to our second highlight, which was the so-called Bimmah sinkhole. A sinkhole, by definition, is a piece of land whose bottom part has been washed away by the water underneath it. Lucky us could enjoy a refreshing swim today.
We left the Bimmah sinkhole after a delicious snack lunch and continued for a while alongside the Sea of Oman.
The Omanis are very hospitable people. This woman and her daughter were very happy to meet us on the road. They stopped and asked us to take a picture with her.
The next sight that we visited was the factory of the Dhow boats. This impressive Dhow is exhibited in the near-by Dhow museum in Sur.
It is very interesting to see the way these Dhows are being built.
Not only tourists come to see the Dhow factory. You will also see a lot of Omanis coming to visit the last Dhow factory that is left in Sur.
Thomas (and actually everyone else) is very impressed by the sheer size of nails being used to build the Dhow.
The girl looks like a future motorcyclist
For sure the biggest highlight of the day was the walk down to the beach where we found three of the giant turtles. Our Omani guide explained us all about these sensitive animals.
We were also lucky to see some of the hatched baby turtles on their way into the ocean. What a difference in size.