Marine conservation volunteer Project
Did you know that the oceans contribute more oxygen than trees? Did you know that you can help to save corals in one of the most beautiful islands in Malaysia, the Perhentian islands? Did you know that you can dive to witness and at the same time work to ensure the survival of the marine creatures at Perhentian islands? If yes then this marine conservation volunteer project is for you! Plus you can learn to scuba dive or take your next PADI course.
The Perhentian Marine Research Station was started by Blue Temple Conservation and is now fully run by Fuze Ecoteer. The project aims to collects vital data through the mapping and health assessments of seagrass beds and coral reefs. The dive team conduct research to study and assess the health of marine environment and to take steps to improve it. The research conducted is always based on what is needed at the moment. Our team works closely with the Marine Parks Department and Reef Check Malaysia.
FROM RM3,069 per week
- Up to 8 Persons
- All Meals Included
- 6 – 55 Nights
- Start any Monday from April til September.
- Minimum Age 18 years old
Conservation Project Impacts in 2019
6 local businesses involved in our Jumbo Bags scheme
42 eco snorkelling briefings given
5 dive seagrass surveys conducted (in its trial phase
A distance of 4,050 metres was surveyed
15 successfully attached fragments with growth rate monitored
25+ ﬁsh species & 6 benthic species identiﬁed -
Volunteer Project Details
If you haven’t taken your PADI Scuba diving open water qualified, you soon will have! We utilize the dive schools on the island to train our divers and in a week, you can become an open-water and/or advanced open-water diver.
For expert divers, we know you are constantly looking for ways to perfect your buoyancy. Conducting research dives is a great way to raise your buoyancy game!
Find out more about PADI and scuba diving here.
If you join in April or September you will be involved in the seagrass research and conservation project. We use the Seagrass Watch method for surveying seagrass to collect vital data which will be analysed and compared with other seagrass beds around the world. You will assess the seagrass using quadrants, or you will map the boundaries of the beds; teaching you vital research skills.
Coral Rehabilitation Methods
You will learn our method of developing artificial reefs and coral nurseries which involves transplanting coral fragments on to specifically designed bottle reefs. Another method we use is the creation of coral pyramids out of coral rubble to improve the overall health of a degraded reef ecosystem.
You will assist with the establishment of our new elasmobranch monitoring scheme. This will involve the use of camera traps and diving to investigate shark and ray species found around the Perhentian islands and collect data on their spatial distribution and population density.
Reef Diversity Monitoring
You will use the Reef Check surveying methodology to help us with our ongoing monitoring of the coral reef health. The data we collect will build upon our previous years of research in understanding species richness and abundance on our reefs, and it also helps us to introduce, implement or influence effective conservation strategies.
You will also get to help out the team with the second part of the project i.e waste management. The team has set up an educational booth at Long Beach to educate tourists and locals alike on eco-snorkeling. The team also are in constant contact with stakeholders around the island to ensure that the waste management system on the island can be perfected and be sustainable.
Every week we visit the local bays and brief tourists going on snorkel tours about how they can be more eco conscious while snorkelling. This is important to reduce harm to corals and marine lives.
Precious Plastic Machine
As part of education on plastic wastes, our team also work the precious plastic machine. Through this initiative, plastic wastes of Type 2 and Type 5 are collected and made into something new. You will get to learn and go through the whole process yourself. What better way to reduce wastes!
Beach Clean Up
We have all seen the photos and videos and heard the story; a plastic straw stuck in the nose of a poor sea turtle. At our projects, we commit to weekly beach clean-ups to ensure that the beach and consequently the ocean is clean and safe for marine life.
Volunteers will help us during our beach clean-up and will then sort the trash according to recyclable categories or non recyclable items and collect data on the clean up.
What better way to taste Malaysian food other than cooked by a local. Not only will you get to have a taste of it, you will get to have a taste of authentic Malay food at the house of one of the ladies of PILA i.e Perhentian Ladies of Association. The Malays are big on hospitality and having visitors having a meal at their house is always a great experience.
This is also the perfect time to learn more about a new culture and to educate others about your own! What a way to see the world.
Monday – Your arrival to our Project house on the island, Project Tour, Orientation, Water confidence session and project initiation.
Conservation in Action
Week 1 – Dive Course
(if you are a Qualified Diver, you will start research training and survey immediately)
Week 2 onwards – Research Training and Survey Weeks
1 survey skills & buoyancy dive
2 coral nursery dives
2 shark photo ID dives
2 Reef Check Malaysia survey dives (fish/invertebrates & substrate/coral health)
1 Seagrass Watch survey dive
Sundays – It’s time for you to wave goodbye to the island.
If you are staying for more than a week, it is your day off! Have fun exploring the island or do more diving!
|Duration||Course Included||Malaysian||Non Malaysian||Number of Dives|
|2 weeks||With course||RM5268||RM6,603||8 plus course|
|3 weeks||With Course||RM6,752||Rm8,352||16 plus course|
|4 weeks||With Course||RM8,235||Rm10,101||24 plus course|
Why is this project important?
This is the newest of all the FE established projects in the islands. Its the final piece to the jigsaw and not only seeks to monitor and preserve the coral reefs and seagrass beds the project seeks to inspire the dive centres and resorts to do something a bit extra for the environment. PEEP focuses on the stakeholders int he village but PMRS focuses on the stakeholders outside the village. You will not only improve your diving but learn valuable conservation and stakeholder involvement skills which are a must for any future conservationists.
- Volunteers will stay at the Ecoteer’s Volunteer House.
- A house with 3 sections/rooms
- Communal toilet/ bathroom
- A small safe is available for passport and/or money at Ecoteer House
- Wi-fi internet access is available at Ecoteer House
- Shops are available in the village to purchase toiletries, snacks, drinks, veg, chicken and fruits.
- Main meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are provided – either cooked at home or eaten out in the village
- You may refill your drinking water at Ecoteer House
- Laundry: hand wash/washing machine at the Ecoteer House/paid laundry services in the village
- Bedding and mosquito nets are provided
- We can play CDs and DVDs, but we don’t have a TV.
Food is a mixture of cooking with the team and eating at local restaurants.
Breakfast is normally either toast or roti canai (The Malaysian pancake AKA the Malaysian Flattened Croissant).
Lunch will be after diving so generally we eat out at local restaurants eating either rice or noodle dishes.
Dinner we will cook as a team and eat at the PMRS staff station.
If you have any particular diets for example vegan or a peanut allergy, don’t worry, just let us know and we can cater to your needs.