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PADI CONSERVATION DIVING IN PERHENTIAN

Learn with PADI conservation diving in the stunning Perhentian Islands!

padi conservation divingYou can learn to dive with PADI conservation diving at the Perhentian Marine Research Station. This is an established marine project in partnership with Reef Check Malaysia and the national Marine Parks Department. Following your PADI course, you can join the dive team. Then you can do a range of conservation activities, such as coral reef restoration and seagrass surveys.

Marine conservation for beginners and qualified divers!

As a PADI conservation diving volunteer, you will get to contribute to several hands-on activities, including surveying and mapping the local seagrass (a vital feeding ground to sea turtles) and developing artificial coral reefs.

Moreover , you can research the effectiveness of the new reefs as a home to fish. The project team collaborates with University Malaysia Terengganu and Plymouth University. All data is actively being used to shape decisions about the protection of the coral reefs and seagrass beds in the park by the local authorities.

During your stay, you will enjoy the local culture of the village you are based in. You may also get involved in the local community work such as Eco Snorkle guide training, beach clean ups, buoyline maintenance, recycling and other activities.

ENQUIRE NOW

LEARN TO DIVE WITH PADI. PLUS VOLUNTEER FOR MARINE CONSERVATION IN CRYSTAL CLEAR WATERS TO RESTORE CORAL AND DO OCEAN SURVEYS

FROM RM 3,688  or  £ 683* 

• INCLUDES ACCOMMODATION, MEALS AND ALL ACTIVITIES with Staff Supervision.
• MINIMUM AGE: 18 and above
• DURATION:  1 to 4 weeks
• OPERATION: From April to September 2020

Project activities

Seagrass Surveys and Mapping

Sea turtles depend on seagrass beds as vital feeding grounds. Since 2015, project staff and volunteers have been researching the local sea turtle population and have made a remarkable discovery that only the migrating turtles (some from as far as Vietnam) use these feeding grounds, but turtles that come to nest here do not. More information is needed about the location and boundaries of these seagrass beds, so they can be mapped and studied.

You will help the staff to continue this crucial task by conducting dive surveys to identify the seagrass beds and map them using GPS. Working to global standards set by Seagrass-Watch, you will determine the percentage of cover and the condition of seagrass beds around the islands. Research undertaken through conservation diving will also shed light on the epiphytes (algae) that live on the seagrass.

Assessment of the Artificial Reef

In 2013, several structures were sunk on the edges of the marine park, thus creating new fishing grounds for the local villagers. The aim is to reduce the pressure on the natural reefs where the villagers are currently. These new artificial reefs must now be assessed for the quantity of fish and their condition. Volunteers will assist in snorkel surveys to count fish and do video transects to establish the Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs).

Related Surveys

Information is also being collected to better understand the impacts on the local marine environment. Depending on timing, you may have the opportunity to collect data on sea temperature and water factors such as quality, turbidity, salinity, wave height and others.

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PADI Conservation Diving

PADI Dive Course 

Whether you’re an absolute beginner diver or want to upgrade your diving skills, our PADI dive centre partners can support you. Alternatively, you could do the PADI Open Water course in the UK before you travel. There is also the choice of Advanced or Rescue Diving courses. Each day, volunteers will have the chance to go on 1 or 2 dives in the morning and then the afternoon is reserved for data input or analysis, or more diving if needed. 

Week 1 is generally dedicated towards getting your diving certification if you are a beginner diver. For more experienced divers, you will be trained in research surveys. The following weeks will be for the marine surveys.

Reef and Beach Cleanups

You will get involved with reef and beach cleanups once a week, which is usually conducted in collaboration with local dive shops, other Ecoteer projects, local authorities and different conservation organisations. The rubbish collected will be sorted on the ground, and the plastics are stored to be upcycled using the on-site plastic recycling machine.

Additional Activities

Staying in the local village, you will gain a good understanding of the local culture. You may also get involved in local community work including Eco Snorkle guide training, buoyline maintenance, recycling and other activities.

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START DATES:

All arrivals are on Monday, and departures on Sunday. Start dates will commence from 6 April until 31 August 2020.

MINIMUM AGE FOR THIS PROJECT: 18 years

AVERAGE GROUP SIZE: 4-8 volunteers

*MALAYSIAN VOLUNTEERS WILL RECEIVE 30% DISCOUNT ON THEIR BOOKING.

PADI Conservation Diving

PRICING FOR INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERS - DISCOUNTED 2020 PRICES

3 Weeks
RM7,186

Equivalent to:

£1,322*

€1,539*

$1,731*

4 Weeks
RM8,935

Equivalent to:

£1,644*

€1,914*

$2,153*

All prices are in Rm Malaysian Ringgit (MYR), so please use the currency converter to know the exact price in your own currency.

Exchange Rate

Exchange Rate: MYR

PRICING FOR INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERS - WITH PADI COURSE

2 Weeks
RM6,603

Equivalent to:

£1,215*

€1,414*

$1,591*

3 Weeks
RM8,352

Equivalent to:

£1,537*

€1,789*

$2,056*

4 Weeks
RM10,101

Equivalent to:

£1,859*

€2,164*

$2,434*

All prices are in Rm Malaysian Ringgit (MYR), so please use the currency converter to know the exact price in your own currency.

Exchange Rate

Exchange Rate: MYR

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Accommodation

Your accommodation will be at the project’s volunteer house in the local village on the island! This is a comfortable house with a chill area, communal kitchen and shared room with bunk beds.

In Malaysia, it is not so common to have hot water supplied (on tap),  as it is generally very hot anyway. So the lukewarm shower will help to cool you down. The cooking facilities will be basic, but adequate.

Food

Breakfast tends to be simple; for instance bread, coffee or tea and peanut butter or jam. Lunch and dinner is usually cooked at the project house. Feel free to use the project’s weekly shopping supplies to create a tasty meal for yourself. Volunteers are also welcome to explore some of the delicious local restaurants to try traditional Malay dishes – for instance, Roti Canai is a popular and yummy Malaysian breakfast dish.

Staying with other volunteers means everyone take turns to prepare dinner once a week and all pitch in to clean afterwards! Our volunteers come from around the world, so this is also a great opportunity to cook and sample cuisine from different countries. For a true taste of Malaysian cooking, the project also hosts a weekly Malay meal with a local family; a truly unique experience to try authentic dishes and learn about the Malaysian culture.

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Successes to date…

The Perhentian Islands’ shallow reef communities and seagrass beds are subject to increasing pressure from human impacts, especially the rapid expansion of the local tourism industry. Hence, The Perhentian Marine Research Station (PMRS), under the mothership Fuze Ecoteer, officially started in February 2017 to assess diver impact on coral reefs along with being involved in work to implement and encourage the conservation of coral reefs, and waste management around the islands.

PMRS hosts international and local volunteers with the opportunity to get involved in their conservation projects in return for a financial contribution towards project costs. Through this scheme, volunteers contribute useful data for coastal zone management with little or no demand for other external resources.

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In 2018, the project achieved the following:

Research: 93 Coral reef surveys conductedResearch: 4500+ data points recorded during coral reef surveysConservation: 91 large black bin bags used during beach cleanupsConservation: 15 large black big bags used during reef cleanupsRM 49,758 spent on the Local Community, i.e. Marine park fees, hiring boatmen, etc.

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