Dimaaniyat Islands Nature Reserve

This group of nine islands lies along the coast of Seeb and Barka. The islands cover a total area of 203km2 and can only be reached by boat. Many migratory birds nest here in the summer and there are various species of fish found in the coral reefs. Large numbers of Hawksbill turtles, a globally endangered species, lay their eggs here which enhance the islands’ environmental importance. The green turtles also nest on the islands’ sandy beaches.

Thousands of marine birds nest on the islands throughout the year, including terns, ospreys and Red-billed Tropic birds. The islands which have been turned into reserves are free from predators such as foxes, cats and dogs. There are two species of snakes living on the islands, whilst the sea contains marine snakes.