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Tropical Marine Conservation Camp in Malaysia

Calling all ocean enthusiasts and aspiring conservationists! Embark on an unforgettable adventure with our Tropical Marine Conservation Camp on Lang Tengah Island, Malaysia. This hidden gem, nestled between Perhentian and Redang Islands, offers a unique opportunity to combine exploration, education, and environmental protection.

Tropical marine conservation campDive Deep into Ocean Conservation:

Target Your Inner Marine Biologist:

Learn from Experts: Collaborate with passionate marine biologists on vital research projects, including:

    • Sea Turtle Nest Monitoring: Become a hero for endangered turtles by patrolling pristine beaches for nesting activity.
    • Coral Reef Restoration: Gain valuable skills in reef restoration and contribute to critical conservation efforts.

No Experience Required: Don’t worry if you’re new to marine conservation! Scuba diving skills are an advantage, but good swimmers are also very welcome. We provide training and equipment to ensure everyone can participate safely and effectively.

Experience Paradise with a Purpose

Island Paradise Awaits: Imagine waking up to turquoise waters lapping at your doorstep on Lang Tengah’s pristine shores. This captivating island boasts stunning beaches and diverse marine life, offering an unforgettable escape.

Make a Real Difference: Your contribution is invaluable! The data you collect with our team directly impacts vital conservation efforts, helping to protect this precious ecosystem.

This is more than a vacation; it’s an opportunity to leave a lasting impact on our oceans. Apply today and get ready for an experience that will transform you while protecting a breathtaking marine paradise!







Local rate: Rm 850 for 1 week

International rate: Rm 2,200 or $450 for 1 week

MINIMUM AGE: 18 years and above

Best turtle conservation volunteering out there!

Emily, 27, Female, United Kingdom, Apr 19, 2023
Lang Tengah Turtle Watch is an incredible turtle conservation organisation, where you get to be involved in exciting and effective conservation projects that have helped the recovery of species across the east coast of Malaysia for the last 10 years. The work is fun, the people are lovely, the food is great and it allows you to experience true island life.

 Once in a lifetime!!

Mollie, 33, United Kingdom, Oct 2, 2019
WOW the island is breath taking some of the most beautiful untouched beaches in the world with hardly any tourists. Camp life is very rustic but is all part of the charm and should never change !! 
We were so lucky to witness lots of mothers coming up on multiple beaches to lay eggs. Our job was then to make sure the eggs were in a safe place so hatchlings have the best chance of survival and away from tourists etc. The hatchlings…. we were so lucky to see two mass emerges of 122 and 72 hatchlings going in to the sea to start their journey in life!! It’s absolutely breath taking to see the little guys running into the sea!!

Tropical Marine Conservation Camp

Nighttime Turtle Treks: Become a Shell-ebrity on Patrol!

Ever dreamed of being a secret agent for sea turtles? Well, grab your flashlight and get ready for the coolest night shift ever – Turtle Patrol! Our green turtle friends love laying their eggs on Lang Tengah, but they need nighttime bodyguards. That’s where you come in!

As soon as the sun dips, we hit the beach for an epic adventure. We’re on a mission to stop sneaky egg poachers! By patrolling the beach all night, we keep these precious babies safe. It’s like being a superhero for turtles, and that’s pretty darn awesome. So instead of a boring bedtime routine, you will have nights of adventure and even wonder for amazing sea turtles!

Tropical Marine Conservation Camp

Coral Crews: Become a Super-Coraler and Help Reefs Revive!

Sure, we love our turtles here at Lang Tengah, but guess what else needs our help? The amazing coral reefs! In 2018, we took a deep dive (pun intended!) and started working underwater to heal these vital underwater cities.

Imagine colorful coral gardens teeming with fish – that’s what healthy reefs look like! But sometimes, storms or other things can damage them. Here’s where you, the Super-Coraler, come in!

We’ll show you how to find and rescue broken coral pieces. Then, we’ll nurture them back to health in our special underwater garden (like a coral hospital!). Once they’re strong and healthy again, we’ll transplant them back to the main reef, creating a super-powered comeback! It’s a chance to make a splash (in a good way!) and help rebuild a magical underwater world.

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Be a Reef Detective and Crack the Code!

Ever wanted to be a detective, but for the coolest crime scene ever – a vibrant coral reef? Well, pack your magnifying goggles and join our Coral CSI team!

Scientists haven’t learned everything about Lang Tengah’s amazing underwater world yet. That’s where you come in! We need your sharp eyes and detective skills to help us discover all the incredible creatures that call the reef home.

By exploring the reef and recording what we find, we’ll be cracking the code on this underwater paradise. Become a real-life explorer, uncover then hidden underwater life, and help us protect this amazing ecosystem. So get ready for an epic underwater adventure with Coral CSI!

Island Escape: Your Days are Just as Epic as Your Nights!

At Lang Tengah, adventure isn’t just for nighttime! When you’re not being a shell-ebrity on turtle patrol or a Super-Coraler underwater, your days are packed with epic experiences too.

Imagine diving into crystal-clear waters and exploring the wonders of the open ocean. We’ll show you the ropes of safe free-diving, so you can witness the underwater world like never before.

Feeling peckish? Channel your inner baker and learn to craft delicious bread in our traditional brick oven. Fresh bread, island breezes, and good company – sounds like a recipe for perfection!

And for the adventurous souls, Lang Tengah is your oyster (well, maybe not literally, but you might see some!). Lace up your hiking boots and conquer the entire island! Explore hidden coves, discover breathtaking viewpoints, and soak up the incredible scenery.

At Lang Tengah, every day is a new adventure. It’s a chance to disconnect from the ordinary and connect with nature in an extraordinary way. So, are you ready for an unforgettable island escape?


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Our prices are in MYR Malaysian Ringgit. Please use a Currency Converter to calculate in your own currency at the daily rate.
Ask us about rates for any bookings of more than 3 weeks!

Turtle Rescue

All arrivals are on Sunday, and departures on Saturday.
This project accepts volunteers between 15 May until 23 September 2024.



  • Shared dorm-style accommodation
  • Meals & Cooking Facilities
  • All project activities with equipment if needed
  • Expert local camp leaders (English-speaking)


  • All travel to and from the Lang Tengah island project site
  • Travel and personal accident insurance
  • Private transfers
  • Visa costs
  • Food/activities not included in the project


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Island Living: Embrace the Adventure!

Get ready for an epic island adventure where camp life is all about fun, teamwork, and helping amazing sea creatures! Here’s the lowdown:

Sleeping: Cozy nights await in comfy tents or screened sleeping huts, complete with tent beds and mosquito nets. Think camping with a tropical twist!

Food: We eat delicious meals together, mostly with rice, pasta, or potatoes, along with fresh fruits and veggies. It’s like a potluck every day, with everyone sharing their favorite snacks! Meat is pretty rare, but you can bring some halal options if you want. Let the camp leaders know if you have any special food needs.

Keeping Camp Awesome: We all pitch in to keep our island home clean and tidy. This means things like sweeping, washing dishes, and helping out with meals. It’s a team effort, and it’s a great way to bond with your fellow eco-warriors!

Power Up: Our camp runs on sunshine! We use solar panels to charge all our devices, so you can keep your camera ready for epic underwater photos.

Mornings are Easy Breezy: Sleep in a bit! Unless there’s something super important, mornings are for relaxing and enjoying the island vibes.

Afternoon Adventures: Get ready for the fun stuff! We’ll be snorkeling in crystal-clear waters, exploring the island’s secrets, and learning all about the amazing sea creatures that call Lang Tengah home. There might even be cool talks about the ocean and special guest visits!Perhentian Turtle Volunteering

Snorkeling Superstar: Get ready to spend some awesome time exploring the underwater world! Snorkeling is a big part of camp life, so let us know if you have any concerns about spending about 1 to 2 hours a day in the water.

This is your chance to have an unforgettable experience, make new friends, and help protect the ocean. Are you ready to join the island adventure?


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PULIHARA: Saving Sea Turtles and Keeping Our Oceans Awesome!

PULIHARA , aka Marine Conservation and Research Organisation Malaysia, a registered NGO, is our awesome new name for a group that’s been around since 2013! We care deeply about sea turtles and their amazing underwater homes. Our goal is to make sure these incredible creatures and the reefs they live around are safe and healthy for years to come.

Before PULIHARA, we were called Lang Tengah Turtle Watch (LTTW). Back then, we started by stopping people from taking sea turtle eggs to sell. We also showed people how cool turtles are and how important it is to protect them. We even cleaned up beaches, planted coral and learned all sorts of neat things about the ocean!

Here’s what LTTW accomplished before becoming PULIHARA:

      • Saved over 264,000 turtle eggs from being eaten!
      • Helped over 200,000 baby turtles hatch and swim to the sea!
      • Planted hundreds of corals to rebuild amazing underwater reefs!
      • Picked up almost 20,000 kilograms of trash from beaches and reefs (that’s a LOT of garbage!)
      • Taught tons of people, both near and far, about how amazing our oceans are!

Now, as PULIHARA, we’re keeping that awesome work going! We’re still protecting turtles, cleaning beaches, and planting coral. We’re also learning even more about the ocean and how to keep it healthy.

If you love sea turtles, coral reefs, and all things ocean, then PULIHARA is for you!


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What are the requirements to join this program?

Volunteers must be over 18. You will need to have a positive attitude, participate in all volunteer activities and respect the local culture and traditions. You must be willing to help out with team chores such as cooking and cleaning.

Do I need any turtle or conservation experience/knowledge?

No experience is necessary, just an enthusiasm for turtles and marine conservation is enough. The camp leaders will teach you all the necessary techniques and tell you everything you need to know about marine conservation!

Is this program suitable for families with children?

Families with children of 16 years old and above are welcomed to join.

Project Information

What is the mission and vision of the project?

We aim to create a future where sea turtles and their habitats are sustainably managed and protected through our marine conservation efforts.

PULIHARA is a non-profit organisation duly registered with the Registrar of Societies on 13 December 2023 under the name Persatuan Pemuliharaan dan Kajian Marin Malaysia (Marine Conservation and Research Organisation Malaysia) 

What is a typical day at the project like?

Night patrols for nesting turtles will run every night between 8pm-7am. This is usually divided into shifts, depending on volunteer numbers.
As the majority of our monitoring takes place at night, mornings are usually a leisurely affair and it is only in exceptional circumstances you will be asked to begin tasks before 10am. Afternoons are spent snorkeling, conducting in-water research and exploring the island. 

Insurance, Visa and Vaccinations

Do I need insurance?

We highly recommend travel insurance to safeguard against accident, sickness, loss of money, flight delay/cancellation or lost baggage.

Feel free to message us for further advice.

Do I need a visa?

Visitors from the following countries will receive a 90 day free tourist visa upon arrival in Malaysia:

Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Morocco, Netherland, Norway, Oman, Peru, Poland, Qatar, Romania, St Marino, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Yemen.

Do I need vaccinations?

You may need some vaccinations depending on your previous vaccination history. Please refer to your GP or a travel clinic for further vaccination advice.

Project services

Is there internet access?

There is limited internet access on the island. The signal is usually quite weak, so it is recommended to purchase an affordable local sim if needed.

Are there ATMs nearby?

There are no ATMs in the village. We advise you to bring cash from the mainland, at least Rm 100 per week for small purchases such as local snacks, drinks or for diving equipment rental.

What should volunteers bring?

Volunteers can refer to the project’s volunteer guide which includes a list of island kit that they should bring. Volunteer guides are provided at the time of enquiring or booking your volunteer placement.

Will I get support and guidance during my stay?

Of course! We are very proud of our friendly and talented team, who are happy to help throughout your stay. All of the project staff have amazing local knowledge and skill-sets, making them the perfect leaders and teachers.

Any further queries you have before booking can be resolved by contacting us directly.

Travel arrangement

How do I get to Lang Tengah Island from Kuala Lumpur?

From Kuala Lumpur, the easiest way to get to Lang Tengah is by overnight bus or morning flight to Terengganu. From the bus stop or airport, you will need to catch another bus or taxi to Al Ameen Jetty in Merang.
Please note: This is not to be mistaken with Marang.

The boat to Lang Tengah leaves the Merang Jetty at 10am daily. We suggest using the Ameen Boat Service. 

Below are estimated transportation fee and travel time from Kuala Lumpur to Lang Tengah Island:

Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu
FLIGHT: (1 hour): Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) – Sultan Mahmud Airport RM150 – RM250
BUS: Via bus (6-7 hours): Kuala Lumpur Bus Terminal (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan) – Kuala Terengganu Bus Terminal (Hentian Bas MBKT)
Or Kuala Lumpur Sentral – Merang Jetty (please note this service is often a minibus) RM36-RM50

-Kuala Terengganu to Al Ameen Jetty From Sultan Mahmud Airport (40 minutes): Grab RM35 – RM45, Taxi RM50 – RM60
-From Kuala Terengganu Bus Terminal (MBKT) (1 hour): Grab RM50 – RM70, Taxi RM60 – RM80, Hourly shuttle (Mara Liner MyBas No. 102) RM4.70
-Al Ameen Jetty to Lang Tengah Island Ameen Boat Services (40-50 minutes): RM60

Other Information

I have some specific question about the project.

We are always happy to help you with any enquiries. Feel free to contact us.

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