Day 3: Coastal Cruising

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We started off the morning today with a pre-breakfast presentation by Maggie, our tour guide. Maggie has been living in Oman for 7 years guiding tours and helping students and adults learn about the people, geography, and culture of Oman. Maggie explained to our group about what we were going to see during the remainder of the trip, as well as what her favorite parts of the country were. Some highlights included the desert and of course, the people!

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After having a nice and relaxing breakfast with a gorgeous view of a sunrise and the ocean in Wadi Shab, we headed off to Dhow boatyard. On the way to the boatyard, we made a short stop at the ancient city of Qalhat. It is the oldest ancient city in Oman. We were not allowed to go into the city because it was fenced and was not ready for visitors. The city was home to one of the first great trading ports in Oman – visited by famous explorers like Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta. We then stopped at the boatyard and took a look at the boats. This yard is the only place that has workers making traditional Omani Dhows in Oman. These boats were historically used for trading and military ships but are now used mainly for tourism. The wood used for the ships is from Malaysia and workers from Oman build the boats by their hands.

– Sharon K. ’18

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We had lunch in Sur, the city in at the northeast coast of Oman. After we drove to the Green Turtle Nesting Beach, we were able to enjoy some time on the beach on the Arabian Sea we had an Italian dinner with a large grilled fish, pasta, potatoes and more. Oman is home to several beaches where many types of turtles, such as the Green Turtle, come to lay their eggs. Thousands of sea turtles come every year to lay their eggs on the sands of Oman. Since it is not quite the season that sea turtles would nest on the beach, unfortunately, there were only a few wild turtles on the beach. However, after waiting for an hour, on our way back to the hotel, we got the chance to watch one large turtle. We shut off all our flashlights and were able to see the large turtle caring the heavy shell and dragging itself back to the sea. Generally, the turtles get out of the water, dig a hole on the beach with their tips of their paws and bury their eggs with sands. After laying their eggs, turtles go back to the sea. After about 55 days, baby turtles begin their journey, pushing their ways to the sea and trying to protect themselves from the predator. To protect the sea turtle species and their habitats, it’s necessary for us to protect the beaches and the nature.
Good things worth to those who wait.
– Lucy W. ’17
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