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Why Choose This Project?
What sets us apart from other sea turtle conservation projects is that we get the best of both the social and environmental aspects in conservation – living among and working with the local community as we carry out our daytime and nocturnal activities. You will snorkel in the sea by day observing and taking photo IDs of foraging sea turtles. At night, you will patrol the nesting beach under a blanket of stars to protect the beach and collect nesting data on sea turtles.
About the Project
The Perhentian Turtle Project (PTP) was established by Fuze Ecoteer in 2015. The project works in close collaboration with the local community, stakeholders, Department of Fisheries (DOF) and Marine Parks Division. The turtle volunteer conservation project is currently based in two places: Kampung Pasir Hantu (Fisherman’s Village) on Perhentian Kecil and Pantai Tiga Ruang (Turtle Beach aka the nesting beach) on Perhentian Besar.
The islands are becoming increasingly popular for low budget tourism, which means more people, more tourist activities at the cost to the environment. PTP aims to conserve the sea turtle population of the Perhentian Island Marine Parks by monitoring them via photo ID and increasing awareness and engagement among the Perhentian Community and tourists. Learn more about the project and its impacts in 2019. Sea turtles live across the whole of Asia. To find out more about turtles in general and their distribution across Asia, please read this blog, Sea turtles in Asia.
Volunteer Project Details
Start of the Week
Arrival on Monday | Briefing and Orientation | Water Confidence | Kayaking and Turtle Photo ID survey | Small artwork project | Data analysis and review
Beach cleanup | Awareness Board | Data analysis | Malay Dinner | Snorkel Tour | Preparation for Turtle Beach Patrol at Tiga Ruang | Turtle Beach Patrol 3 nights
End of the week & Weekend
Awareness campaign at Tiga Ruang | Rest & Free time | Turtle Beach Patrol | Back to the village and free day or departure