Marine Conservation Volunteer Project

The oceans contribute more oxygen than trees. Coral reefs protect the shoreline from waves and storms. However, corals are facing threats of destruction.

What Can You Do?

Did you know that you can dive and work on marine conservation at Perhentian islands? Join us in our effort to preserve and restore corals in Perhentian. 

The project

The Perhentian Marine Research Station was started by Blue Temple Conservation. However, it is now fully run by Fuze Ecoteer.  

Our Aim

We aim to collect vital data through the mapping and health assessments of seagrass beds and coral reefs. Our dive team conducts research on marine environment and to take steps to improve it.

The Research

What kind of research conducted is always based on what’s needed at  the moment. Our team works closely with the Marine Parks Department and Reef Check Malaysia.

FROM RM1,320 RM2,200 per week

  •  Up to 8 Persons
  •  All Meals Included
  •  6 – 55 Nights
  •  Start any Monday from April til September.
  •  Minimum Age 18 years old
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Conservation Project Impacts in 2019

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Volunteer Project Details

Diving

If you haven’t taken your PADI Open Water certification, you soon will have! We utilize local dive schools to train our divers. Join us and you can be a certified diver in no time!

Furthermore, for expert divers, we know you are constantly looking for ways to perfect your buoyancy. Hence, conducting research dives is a great way to raise your buoyancy game!  

Find out more about PADI and scuba diving here.

Seagrass Monitoring

Joining us in April or September means that you will get to be involved in the seagrass research and conservation project. We use the Seagrass Watch method for surveying seagrass. The survey is done to collect vital data. As a result, the data will then be analysed and compared with other seagrass beds around the world.

Are there any other methods that will be used?

In addition, you will also use quadrants to assess seagrass or will map the boundaries of the beds. This programme will also teach you vital research skills.

Coral Rehabilitation Methods

First and foremost, you will learn our method of developing artificial reefs and coral nurseries. This is done by transplanting coral fragments on to specifically designed bottle reefs.

Another method that we use is the creation of coral pyramids out of coral rubble. It allows the improvement of the overall health of a degraded reef ecosystem.

Elasmobranch monitoring

Help to assist to establish 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. Moreover, this method also helps to collect data on their spatial distribution and population density.

Reef Diversity Monitoring

The Reef Check surveying methodology will be used to help us with our ongoing monitoring of the coral reef health. The data we collect will build upon our previous years of research. Consequently, this will help us to understand species richness and abundance on our reefs. In addition, it also helps us to introduce, implement or influence effective conservation strategies.

Waste Management

The next part of the programme is that you will also get to help out the team with their waste management efforts. We have an educational booth at Long Beach to educate tourists and locals alike on eco-snorkeling. Moreover, the team are also in constant contact with stakeholders around the island. As a result, this collaboration helps to ensure that the waste management system on the island can be sustainable. 

Awareness Campaigns

We visit the local bays and brief tourists going on snorkel tours about how they can be more eco conscious while snorkelling. This is done weekly and 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.

During this programme, 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 project, we commit to weekly beach clean-ups. This is done to ensure that the beach and ocean is clean and safe for marine life. 

How can I help?

Volunteers will help us during our beach clean-up and collect data on the clean up.  Not only that, the trash will then be sorted according to recyclable or non recyclable items.

Malay Dinner

What better way to taste Malaysian food other than cooked by a local. You will get to have a taste of authentic Malay food at the house of one of the ladies of PILA i.e the Perhentian Ladies of Association.

The Malays are big on hospitality and having visitors 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!

 

2020/2021 Prices

ENJOY 40% Off 
Pay Deposit From 23rd May 2020 Until 30th June 2020

DurationCourse IncludedMalaysianNon MalaysianNumber of Dives
1 weekWith courseN/AN/AN/A
 No CourseRM1,320
RM2,200
RM2,280
RM3,799
8
2 weeksWith courseRM2,400
RM4,000
RM4,081
RM6,801
8  + course
 No CourseRM1,920
RM3,200
RM3,360
RM5,600
16
3 weeksWith CourseRM3,120
RM5,200
RM5,162
RM8,603
16 + course
 No CourseRM2,520
RM4,200
RM4,441
RM7,402
24
4 weeksWith CourseRM3,720
RM6,200
RM6,242
RM10,404
24 + course
 No CourseRM3,120
RM5,200
RM5,522
RM9,203
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Start Dates

Any Monday in April until September.
 
Non-qualified divers would have to volunteer for a minimum of 2 weeks. Qualified divers, on the other hand, may volunteer for a minimum of 1 week.
 

Why is this project important? 

This is the newest of all the FE established projects in the islands. It’s the final piece to the jigsaw. 

The project seeks to monitor and preserve the coral reefs and seagrass beds. Moreover, the project seeks to inspire dive centres and local resorts to do something a bit extra for the environment.

Furthermore, you will get to improve your diving. Not only that, you will also be able to learn valuable conservation and stakeholder involvement skills which are a must for any future conservationists.

Accommodation

  • 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 

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 a.k.a the Malaysian Flattened Croissant).

Next, lunch will be after diving. We generally eat out at local restaurants. We usually have either rice or noodle dishes.

At night, for dinner, we will cook as a team and eat at the PMRS staff station.

Can you cater to my diet?

If you have any particular diets or restrictions, don’t worry! Just let us know and we can cater to your needs.

 

Lauren,

To breathe underwater is a magical thing, and this is a great place to do it for the first time! If you’re already a diver, you will also learn a lot as you will be trained in improving your dive skills and being ecologically minded while diving, learn about specific marine life and the challenges they face, and get an intro to scientific diving.

How can you use these skills?

Use these skills to support monitoring, clean ups, and maintenance of an artificial reef.

What will I learn and contribute?

For you, you’ll learn a set of skills that you can take anywhere to work to protect the ocean. For the project, the data collected helps to make informed decisions to better protect the marine park.

Why this project?

Unique to many conservation projects, you will stay in the village, which is an amazing opportunity to learn about another culture and get to know the local people. I had fun interning with this project and meeting divers from all over the world!

Megan,

I had an incredible time on the Perhentian Islands last year and the Blue temple house was the perfect base! Located in the local village, the house allows you to interact with the local children and experience the Malay culture!

How was the staff?

Neil and Sabi are incredible, going out of their way to show you all the amazing dive sites and island experiences! The House and hosts leave you feeling relaxed and welcome for your entire stay! LOVED every minute of my stay, I’ll definitely be back!

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