Volunteer to survey nesting and feeding turtles in the Perhentian Islands, Malaysia.


Malaysia Turtle Conservation

: Frontier

Where: The Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

Focus:  Monitor turtle nests and conduct snorkel surveys of turtles feeding.

When: March to October | Project starts on a Monday.

Duration: Min. 2 weeks

Suitability: Over 18s. Group bookings available.


  • 2 weeks from GBP 629
  • 3 weeks from GBP 729
  • Extra weeks from GBP 150.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Help to protect the endangered sea turtles that nest, breed and forage around the Perenthian islands, primarily green turtles.
  • Identify hotspots of sea turtle activity which can then be used to develop a Sea Turtle Management Plan.
  • Collect data on the turtle population and photo ID individuals on the beaches and by snorkelling the surrounding reefs.
  • Conduct surveys on nesting activity and help protect turtle nests against predation by mammals and poachers.
  • Work with the community to raise public awareness of this species and the environmental issues that affect them.
  • Enjoy exploring white sand beaches, kayaking, visiting world heritage sites, and jungle trekking to spot large reptiles and wild monkeys.

The Base

Accommodation: Volunteers share a guesthouse in the village.

Sleeping: Shared, mixed-sex dormitory-style rooms with ceiling fans and a shared bathroom.

Food: A daily food allowance is provided to cover 3 meals per day. Volunteers can eat at the local restaurant or use the communal kitchen.

Support: 24-hour in-country support; International HQ emergency support and back-up; UK residential briefing weekend available.

Transport: Pick up from Kota Bharu airport can be arranged for an extra fee.


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