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Malaysia Turtle Conservation

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Malaysia Turtle Conservation

Head to the lush Perhentian Islands to help protect turtles. By conducting surveys, recording nesting activity and raising awareness in local communities, you can safeguard the future of turtles.

Prices from $1,095

Malaysia is a paradise of lush forests, pristine beaches and tropical islands. World renowned for its diversity in wildlife and people, this incredible country offers visitors a wealth of activities and fascinating things to see and do. The result of this fantastic melting-pot of culture is a relaxed, open-minded way of life, and a world famously warming hospitality. If you can picture yourself living and working on a tropical island, contributing towards supporting local communities whilst sampling the fantastic Malay cuisine, then this beautiful country is the place for you!

With the Malaysia Turtle Conservation project you have the exciting opportunity to make significant contributions to turtle and marine conservation. You will live and work with other enthusiastic and energetic international volunteers to conserve and protect the turtles of the Perenthian islands. 

The project conducts surveys to identify individual animals for monitoring purposes in order to record nesting activity and help protect turtle nests against predation by mammals and poachers. There is also the opportunity to work throughout the community to raise public awareness of this species. Get involved with this exciting project all while enjoying a slice of life in Malaysia!



  • Teach and engage with local communities about environmental issues
  • Create an array of unforgettable memories
  • Help conduct surveys to identify individual animals
  • Help protect turtle nests & record nesting activity


Location Perhentian Islands, Malaysia
Activities Conduct surveys
Identify animals
Protect turtles and record nesting activity
Raising awareness and out reach work in local communities
Transport Airport pickup for RM80 each way
Accommodation Shared dormitories in volunteer house


Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Daily food allowance
Airport pickup for MYR50 each way
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


The Malaysia Turtle Conservation Project aims to protect the endangered sea turtles that nest, breed and forage around the Perenthian islands. To achieve this, population data is being collected and individual turtles that swim around and nest on the islands are being identified and monitored. Your efforts will help protect these vulnerable turtles whilst on their nesting beaches. Furthermore, you will help to identify hotspots of sea turtle activity which can then be used by decision makers to develop a Sea Turtle Management Plan for the Perenthian Islands.


On this project you will be able to get involved with a range of activities to help protect and conserve the turtle population. These include, but are not limited to helping to collect photos of the sea turtles on nesting beaches and at sea whilst snorkeling. The information that this research gathers is vital for conservation measures as the project will be able to determine population numbers of male and female turtles, identify hotspots where conservation efforts need to be focused and also movement patterns of the turtles. There is no diving on this project.


It is best to arrive Monday morning or the day before and stay in a hotel for the night. You can then get the boat Monday morning ready for an induction that afternoon. There will be more instructions on how to make your own way to the jetty in your field brief, available four weeks before your project commences.

Alternatively, a pickup can be arranged for RM80 and you will be met at the airport. Return to the airport is the same cost.


Throughout your project you will be based at our volunteer camp on the beautiful Perenthian Islands staying in a volunteer guesthouse located in the village. You will share a mixed-sex dormitory-style room with other volunteers, which will be fitted with a ceiling fan and a shared a bathroom. There is a fully equipped kitchen if you wanted to cook for yourself, and a basic but comfortable lounge for you to enjoy in the evenings.


Malaysian food is heavily influenced from a variety of cultures from all over the world; the fusion of Malay, Chinese and Indian flavours create a symphony of aromas and exotic tastes. 

You will be provided with a daily food allowance when on the programme to cover 3 basic meals per day, which you can choose to spend at the local restaurant or shop. This is a great opportunity to sample the local delicacies, as well as supporting the local economy! 

Eat like the locals by trying a tasty Nasi Dagang for breakfast, or join the cult following in Kuala Lumpur addicted to Hokkiem Mee noodles. The multicultural community of Malaysia has many cultural differences however they are all passionate about their cuisine creating a unique, delicious culinary style.

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The beaches of the Perenthian Islands are spectacular – with their pure white sand set against clear turquoise water it is a beautiful setting to relax in with a book after a long day. If you want to see more of the islands there are opportunities to trek the jungle, where you have the chance of seeing a number of species of large reptile, bugs and maybe even some wild monkeys. Or alternatively, you may decide to view the islands from afar on a kayaking day trip. 

Malaysia is brimming over with exciting and unique world heritage sites and flourishing forests ready and waiting for you to discover. After you complete your project why not discover Kuala Lumpur’s spectacular landmarks by taking a hop on hop off bus tour around the city, learn how to cook like the locals with cooking lessons or take a stroll along the canopy skywalk in a nearby national park. Other opportunities include exploring the tea plantations and refreshing mossy forests of the Cameron Highlands, or taking an eco-bike tour through Melaka or discovering your inner peace with yoga lessons along Langkawi’s spectacular beaches.


2 weeks $1,095

3 weeks $1,245

Extra weeks $295


Weekly start dates every Mondays.


Every Monday starting from 30 March 2020

Last start date is on 14 September 2020 for a maximum duration of 2 weeks. 

Project is fully booked for one week commencing 13th of July 2020


Minimum 2 weeks and longer


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Accommodation
  • Daily food allowance
  • Local orientation and training
  • Airport pickup for RM80 each way
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup


Nearest airport(s): Kota Bharu (KBR)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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