03 Februari 2012

Sea Turtles At Dimaniyat Islands

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With a vast majority of its coastlines bordering the Arabian Sea, Oman is a haven for sea turtles. Five major species of turtles feed off the coast of Oman, these include the hawksbill turtle, the green turtle, the loggerhead turtle, the leatherback turtle and the olive ridley turtle. All the above species of turtle are considered critically endangered and are the subjects of intense conservation efforts. As early as the 1970's, the Omani government recognised the importance of preserving these aquatic reptiles, and have collaborated with several local and international institutes to help protect them. This resulted in the establishment of a network of highly efficient ranger teams, all of whom are trained to monitor key areas along the Omani shoreline.

Spots where the turtles frequent include Masirah Island, Ras Al Hadd, the Gulf of Oman, islands in the Dhofar region plus the Al Hallaniyat Islands and the Ad Dimaniyat Islands. The Ad Dimaniyat Islands are a protected area, consisting of nine islands and a total land area of nearly two hundred and fifty acres. The Dimaniyat Islands are located in Wilayat Barka in the Al Batinah South Governorate, and at Wilayat Al Seeb in the Muscat Governorate. The Nature Reserve is situated roughly eighteen kilometres off the coast of Barka, which is seventy kilometres west of Muscat, the country's capital.

Containing untouched beaches, gorgeous blue waters and a variety of wonderful creatures, the islands boast extreme beauty. They are the homes of many rare bird species and contain many turtle nesting sites. Dimaniyat Islands contain twenty two amazing diving spots, and is also a perfect place to go snorkelling. Additionally the islands have several camping sites, which are especially popular between the months of October and February.

While it is true that much of Oman remains undeveloped, a series of new roads have made it possible to visit previously unreachable land. Now with nearly all of the country's pristine landscapes open for visiting, Oman has become a top Middle Eastern tourist destination. However, much of the best tourist facilities are found in the capital. The Millennium Resort Mussanah is a luxury Oman resort located on the Gulf of Oman. The Muscat hotel combines its beachside location with excellent facilities to give guests an experience they will never forget.