• Both Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) and Hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) are common throughout the park.
  • Green turtles are particularly widespread in the very extensive shallow areas of reef. The north of Mukkawar Island is an area where green turtles gather during the day, waiting for the nightfall.
  • Hawksbill turtles are common at the extreme northern end of Dungonab Bay, where the areas of shallow Stylophora corals may form an important feeding area.
  • Beaches throughout the entire Park, but particularly the islands and the Dungonab Peninsula, constitute a nationally and regionally significant turtle nesting area. The nesting takes place on the nesting beaches of the island during the nightfall.
  • The range of different egg sizes indicates that at least three species of turtle nest within in this area.
  • The eastern shore of Mukkawar Island is one of the two most important turtle nesting sites in the entire Red Sea region. This site has a very important conservation significance, which merits immediate protection and a rigorous monitoring programme.

Source: PERSGA/GEF 2004.