Snorkel in the sea by day observing and taking photo IDs of foraging sea turtles. At night, patrol the nesting beach under a blanket of stars. At the same time, help to protect the beach and collect data on nesting turtles.
About the project
The Perhentian Turtle Project 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. The main base is in Kampung Pasir Hantu (Fisherman’s Village) on Perhentian Kecil. The second base is at Pantai Tiga Ruang (Turtle Beach aka the nesting beach) on Perhentian Besar.
What can you do
Help us to protect the sea turtles in Perhentian Islands. Volunteer with us today!
- Up to 8 Persons
- All Meals Included
- 6 – 55 Nights
- Start any Monday in April until September.
- Minimum Age 16 years old
Turtle volunteer Conservation Project Impacts in 2019
Volunteer Programme Details
The scutes (scales) on the flippers and the side of a green turtle’s face are unique to each individual. Once one is spotted, the snorkeler free-dives down to photograph the sea turtle. On the other hand, the person on the kayak records the number of people present around the turtle. They also help to ensure the safety of the snorkeler from passing boats. If new turtles are discovered, it is yours to name!
Why do this?
The information gathered is vital for conservation measures. It enables us to determine population numbers, identify hotspots where conservation efforts need to be focused and also movement patterns of the turtles. This data would also be useful to decision makers to design the Marine Park Zonation Plan.
Journal from Kayak Surveys
These surveys have produced this peered reviewed research article – Using photo identification to monitor the sea turtle population in the Perhentian islands.
What will I do?
Volunteers will help the team to collect non-flash photos of nesting sea turtles at beaches around the Perhentian Islands. The photos that you collect will help our researchers to study the sea turtle population in the Perhentian islands.
Moreover, volunteers and the team will be patrolling the nesting beach at night to prevent poachers from collecting sea turtles eggs. The patrols done are in addition to the patrols done by the Terengganu State Department of Fisheries staff to strengthen security of the nesting beaches against poachers.
What happens to the eggs?
The eggs are then collected and transferred to the project’s hatchery on the island. Better beach management such as the on-going turtle patrol has proven to reduce the natural and human threats on nesting beach.
Our team also goes around dive shops and resorts to conduct awareness talks to the public especially to tourists. Volunteers will get to learn about sea turtles conservation and will also be educating the public during one of these talks. Talk about doing work that makes an impact!
Awareness talks are one of the ways to get information out to the public. An eco-educated tourist would do so much in conserving these magnificent creatures.
Beach Clean Up
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. The trash will then be sorted according to recyclable and non recyclable items. Furthermore, data on the clean up will also be collected for further studies.
A big part of our project is the community. We live in the village and work with local community. Volunteers 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.
Fun fact: Fuze Ecoteer established Perhentian Ladies of Association in 2012 for housewives in Perhentian. It was established as a way for them to earn an income. It now proudly stands on its own and even has a cafe!
|Tue||Snorkel Turtle Photo ID Survey practice||Free time|
|Wed||Beach clean-up||Malay Dinner|
|Thur||Snorkel Tour||Prep for Turtle Watch at Tiga Ruang||Turtle Watch|
|Fri||Rest||Awareness Campaign at Tiga Ruang||Turtle Watch|
|Sat||Rest||Awareness Campaign at Tiga Ruang||Turtle Watch|
|Sun||Back to village and free day or departure|
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Pay deposit from 23rd May 2020 until 30th June 2020
Why is this project important?
The Perhentian Islands are home to 300 sea turtles that importantly are either nesting turtles or migrating and foraging turtles. There are not many sites which have both nesting and foraging individuals. The islands are second only to Redang Island in terms of importance in Peninsular Malaysia making the Perhentian Islands vital to protect for the longevity of the Green Sea Turtles.
The islands are becoming increasingly popular for low budget tourism. This means that we have a great responsibility to not only educate but to inspire these tourists. By doing this, they can continue being sensitive and responsible tourists at other places.
The islands need you!
- Volunteers will stay at our Volunteer House.
- A house with sections/rooms
- Communal toilet/ bathroom
- A small safe is available for passport and/or money at the Project House
- Wi-fi internet access is available at the Project House
- Laundry: hand wash/washing machine at the the Project House.
- You can also use 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.
- 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 the Project House
Dedication. The tea at the Perhentian turtle Project are dedicated to their cause, and do it all the while with a positive attitude. Everyone on that team loved what they were doing and to be able to experience something so special… Recording nesting or feeding turtles… Releasing hatchlings back into the ocean… Was something no one could soon forget. I hope this project flourishes and progresses far into the future. Projects like these will save our marine turtles and keep them among us in years to come.
This program was truely magical! I went with one of my best friends two years ago and we still frequently reflect on our time spent at the Perhentian Islands.
Firstly, the people we met were like no other. All the interns were passionate, fun-loving, enthusiastic and so caring. Everyone working on this project had a common goal of helping the world and it was such a refreshing approach to life. Secondly, it really feels like you are contributing back to this planet when you release the little hatchlings into the ocean. Moments I will never forget. Thirdly, it was simultaneously such a relaxing trip with lots of downtime. However, I would definitely recommend travelling with a buddy so you can spend this time exploring the island together
The absolute trip of a lifetime!!
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