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PERHENTIAN TURTLE VOLUNTEERING

What can be better than staying on a beautiful tropical island?

perhentian turtle volunteeringAnd at the same time helping to protect sea turtles through beach patrols and snorkeling sessions? It’s no wonder that this is our most popular volunteering activity. The Perhentian Turtle volunteering project has been well-established. Furthermore, it is fully integrated with a community project to help the local fishing village transition to sustainable tourism. So, you will be able to interact with a diverse group of people during this amazing volunteering stint.

Snorkel to collect underwater images for turtle ID

You will be in a team helping to collect underwater images of individual sea turtles for the project database. Apart from this day job, you will patrol the beaches where turtles are nesting at night. This helps to deter any poachers. Plus, the patrol team assist to collect the turtle eggs for the hatchery, in cooperation with the local Fisheries Department of Terengganu State. You may also be working with the community team on the island. They help with the teaching of the local school kids and other activities, such as awareness campaigns and beach cleans. As part of your Perhentian turtle volunteering, you will meet the villagers. Certainly, for a traditional Malay meal at their home or during other community events.

Don’t worry, there will be chill time in your packed schedule, with either mornings or afternoons off. In this way, you can explore the stunningly beautiful islands, Perhentian Kecil and Perhentian Besar. Besides, you can jungle trek and visit the one village on Kecil. Last but not least, you can relax on the beach or in a hammock to savour your paradise trip.

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VOLUNTEERING ACTIVITIES:
♥ PROTECT SEA TURTLES ON A TROPICAL PARADISE ISLAND
♥ DIVE FOR TURTLE ID DURING THE DAY
♥ AT NIGHT,  DO BEACH PATROLS FOR THE EGGS AND HATCHERY

From or  £ 760* or € 844*  or RM 4,129
for 2 weeks (minimum) 

INCLUDES TURTLE GUIDE, ACCOMMODATION, MEALS AND ALL ACTIVITIES
MINIMUM AGE: 18 years and above
MINIMUM STAY: 14 days
MINIMUM NUMBER: ONE

It was all fantastic and is worth so much more than the cost. The amount you learn and get to help is very encouraging”
                                               Joe, from the U.K.

Itinerary

Monday-Day 1: Arrival at the jetty in Kuala Besu, Terengganu, West Malaysia**
Arrive at Safe Park Holidays office, boat transfer to Pulau Perhentian Kecil, meet and greet, unpacking and getting settled, project briefing and village tour followed by water confidence session.

Tuesday- Day 2: Turtle ID session
Kayak to seagrass feeding grounds, where you will snorkel or free dive to spot and take pictures of feeding turtles. In the afternoon, get involved with data analysis and updating turtle database.

Wednesday- Day 3: Engagement
Meet up with the village kids at the primary school and get some hands-on time with the project’s Precious Plastic machine. Experience a traditional Malay dinner with a local family in the evening.

Thursday- Day 4: Snorkel
Go on a snorkel tour around famous spots around the islands, where you will spot beautiful corals, turtles, juvenile sharks and more! In the evening, depart for the project’s nesting beach in Tiga Ruang (“Three Spaces”). Spend your first of three nights on this slice of paradise patrolling for nesting turtles.

Friday to Saturday- Day 5 and 6: Night Patrols
Take a day off after a night of patrolling the beach collecting nesting turtle info, relocating turtle eggs and/or releasing hatchlings. Spend the day sunbathing or lazing in your hammock with a book. Also, keep an eye out, you might see the regular family of Dusky Leaf Langurs! For the evenings, you will alternate for the night patrols.

Sunday- Day 7: Departure
Boats leave for the mainland at 8am, 12 noon and 4pm. From Kuala Besut, you can travel overland or catch an internal flight from Kota Baru airport, which is in the next state of Kelantan.

Our itinerary starts from Kuala Besut, but we can assist with adding transfers from other Malaysian destinations such as Kuala Lumpur or Kota Kinabalu.

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START DATES:

All arrivals are on Monday, and departures on Sunday. This project accepts volunteers between April until 27 September 2020.

DATES UNAVAILABLE OR FULLY BOOKED:

  • 25 MAY 2020 – 31 MAY 2020

MINIMUM AGE FOR THIS PROJECT: 18 years

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PRICING FOR INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERS - DISCOUNTED 2020 PRICES

3 Weeks
RM5,067

Equivalent to:

£932*

€1,085*

$1,221*

4 Weeks
RM5,872

Equivalent to:

£1,080*

€1,258*

$1,415*

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

Includes:

  • Transfers from and to Kuala Besut jetty
  • Shared dorm-style accommodation
  • Food & Cooking Facilities
  • All project activities

Excludes:

  • Flight fares
  • Travel insurance
  • Private transfers
  • Visa costs
  • Food/activities not included in the project

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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 a shared room with bunk beds. When you are assigned for Turtle watch at Tiga Ruang, you will stay at the volunteer house on the beach. Both volunteer houses have basic facilities, but adequate.

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. All bedrooms have fan to keep you cool at night.

Food

Breakfast tends to be simple; for instance bread, fried eggs, tea or coffee and peanut butter or jam. Lunch is usually eaten at one of the local restaurants, while dinner is served at the project house. Feel free to use the project’s weekly shopping supplies to create a tasty meal for yourself.

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’ green turtle population (feeding and nesting) population are subject to increasing pressure from human impacts, especially due to the rapid expansion of the local tourism industry and illegal egg poaching. Hence, The Perhentian Turtle Project (PTP) was officially established in 2015 as a sea turtle research and conservation initiative under the mothership Fuze Ecoteer to better understand and protect the sea turtle populations at the Perhentian Islands.

PTP hosts international and local volunteers with the opportunity to get involved in their project activities in return for a financial contribution towards their running costs. Through this scheme, volunteers contribute useful data for research and conservation of green turtles with little or no demand for other external resources.

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In 2018, the project achieved the following:

Research: 171 turtles sighted during snorkel surveys; 59 turtles were new.Conservation: 7,100+ eggs relocated to the Department of Fisheries (DOF) hatcheryConservation: 4,700+ hatchlings releasedConservation: 21,700+ individual plastics collected during beach cleanupsRM 27,379 spent on the Local Community, i.e. hosting Malay dinner, hiring boatmen, etc.

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