Volunteer to conserve a turtle nesting beach on Bangkaru island, Indonesia.


Island Conservation in Bangkaru


Who: Fronteering

Where: Bangkaru Island, Aceh Province, Indonesia

Focus: Conserve the diverse flora and fauna of the uninhabited Bangkaru island in Indonesia.

When: All year round. Wet season – November to April | Dry season – May to October.

Duration: 2-4 weeks (longer durations can be arranged).

Suitability: Over 18s

 Cost: 2 weeks starts from USD 1450.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Support the local Aceh-based NGO – HAkA – in their goals for the long-term health of the Aceh province.
  • Patrol the famously named “turtle beach”, one of the world’s leading nesting sites for Green and Leatherback Turtles.
  • Take part in turtle surveys, tagging and measuring.
  • Clean up rubbish that could deter turtles from coming ashore to nest and survey the amount of debris.
  • Discourage turtle egg poachers and illegal loggers.
  • Collect data on turtle populations to monitor program success and inform marine conservation policy.
  • Biodiversity surveying and research-species and vegetation surveying.
  • Expand your knowledge of conservation and marine biology.
  • Help education the local community about sustainable fishing practices.

The Base

Pulau Bangkaru is an uninhabited island off the Southwest coast of Aceh, the last island in Indonesia with intact primary rainforest. Volunteers are housed in the HAKA Rangers camp on Bangkaru island, a few minutes’ walk from the beach.

  • Sleeping: Shared dormitories.
  • Food: 3 meals a day. Volunteers work with the HAkA rangers to prepare meals from the small organic garden.
  • Number of volunteers: 6
  • Support: Airport pick up and drop off, 24-hour in-country support.


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