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Volunteer sea turtle conservation projects with Help Our Penyu in Terengganu, Malaysia. Saving the sea turtles of Terengganu.

Our aim is:

“to double Terengganu’s sea turtle nesting population by 2060 through EMPOWERING the people of Malaysia”

The sea turtles of Malaysia are becoming extinct species by species. Malaysia was once famed for its Leatherback Turtles but now the largest sea turtle species are virtually extinct from Malaysian waters, two other species of sea turtle the Olive Ridley and the Hawksbill are in a similar situation. Only the Green turtles have a significant population but have still suffered a significant population decline of 80% between 1950-2009.

YOU can help save the SEA TURTLES of Terengganu by being a turtle volunteer with HOPE in Terengganu. Or if you just want to go on holiday why dont you book your beach holiday travels through us with 5% being donated to sea turtle conservation in Terengganu.

Help Our Penyu, HOPE, is as of 24th of August, 2010 a registered society and non-profit organization in Malaysia (Reg. No. 2103-10-WKL) which through community-based turtle volunteer projects and outreach programs empowers Malaysians to act and save the sea turtles of Terengganu state for future generations.

Turtle conservation via turtle volunteer projects is a favoured way to protect turtles as running hatcheries are labour and fund intensive. HOPE works in partnership with the Malaysian government providing the much needed manpower and funds to protect these special creatures.

3d 2N Perhentian Turtle Island ExperienceEdit

Experience sea turtles on the paradise islands of Perhentian, the most beautiful islands in Malaysia. Go on a snorkel tour around the islands and learn about the environment below and above the surface. Then share your new knowledge with tourists at our info booth and guard 2 turtle nesting beaches. Your trip will be an experience not to be forgotten and all the more meaningful knowing that you are helping the sea turtles and conservation of the islands. Staying at Bubbles Dive resort means you get to stay at a resort which has its own private beach which sometimes is completely empty!

Day 1:
Arrive in Kuala Besut before midday, meet facilitator and travel to island. We will take you to the picture perfect bay of Tanjung Tukas where you will stay at Bubbles Dive Resort for the first night. At Bubbles we will first show you how to watch and record data from nesting sea turtles. Then you will cool off with a water confidence session and learn how to snorkel in an environmentally friendly manner. In the evening you will be given a talk about the Perhentian islands and of course the sea turtles. Later that night you patrol the 150m long beach for nesting turtles (L, D).

Day 2:
Snorkel tour at 9am. We will take you to Coral Garden, Turtle Bay and Shark Point. Here you will see colourful corals and reef fish then observe Green turtles eating sea grass. At Shark Point you may be lucky enough to see a shark and will observe the differences in coral species due to the effects of the monsoon. Lunch at Bubbles is followed by your assistance at our info booth, spreading environmental awareness to tourists at another popular Perhentian resort. At the info booth you could help us run a sand turtle contest, a quiz which involves actions or a beach clean all whilst helping to spread love for the island environment. In the evening you will go to Pinang Seribu to guard the beach with the most sea turtle nests in the Perhentian islands. At dusk you can see bats leave their roost as the light is replaced by darkness with just the stars twinkling and moon shining down on the bay. Fingers crossed you will get to experience a mother sea turtle coming to lay her eggs, a really humbling experience and protect them until morning. (B, L, D).

Day 3:
Watch the sunrise and go for a snorkel at Pinang Seribu. We will then transfer you back to Bubbles where you can take a deserved rest before you take a midday transfer to Kuala Besut.

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Perhentian Turtle ProjectEdit

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Perhentian project Itinerary Location Costs Volunteer duties FAQs How to book



Learn about the island environment and engage with tourists during your first week at Bubbles Dive Resort. Then live in the village,[1] inspiring them and their children to play their part in marine conservation, spread the word to tourists all around the islands and do all that whilst protecting the most important turtle nesting beach in the islands – Pinang Seribu.

Be part of Help Our Penyu’s first official year and help us to unify turtle conservation and marine awareness in the most beautiful islands in Malaysia the Perhentian Islands. Green turtles are in dire need of our help especially in Terengganu (Malaysia) where all 4 marine turtles nest but three of them the hawksbill, Olive ridley and Leatherbacks are almost locally extinct. The populations of green Turtles in the area have also decreased by 80% in little over 50 years, don’t let this species go locally extinct as well.

Even though a turtle conservation program has run for a few years in Perhentian, 2011 will be the first official year for Help Our Penyu (2010 was our pilot year). With the backing of the Perhentian Resorts Association, government and villagers Help Our Penyu is joining together all the stakeholders of the Perhentian Islands unifying turtle conservation throughout these picture perfect islands.


Measurable outcomes

  • Collection of vital sea turtle nesting population data from two beaches;
  • Contribute RM1000 per week per volunteer (not during the intro week) directly into the village economy;
  • Marine conservation and English education for upto 60 children aged 8-10 years old;
  • Spread turtle awareness to upto 10,000 tourists per week;

Terengganu Turtle ExpeditionEdit


To find out more go to

The project Itinerary Location Costs Volunteer duties FAQs How to book

This expedition is unique and no other tourists will experience what you will during this experience. You will not only be able to help and conserve sea turtles in Terengganu but you will experience the essence of the problem for sea turtle conservation in Malaysia – egg poaching. This is a chance for you to glare face to face with the real issues and problems turtle conservationists face in Malaysia but also be a part of the efforts to conserve these majestic reptiles whom have been around since the time of the dinosaurs.

Wake up to dream sunrises, collect vital sea turtle nesting data and discover the essence of the Malay culture and spare some time to visit and help three sea turtle conservation projects. This is one expedition not to be missed.

Measurable outcomes

  • Track Survey;

. – Population estimates

. –  % of eggs being incubated

  • RM100 per volunteer donated to the Turtle Conservation Centre – paying for 20 terrapins to be surveyed;
  • RM100 per volunteer donated to WWF – paying for 40 eggs to be incubated;
  • RM20 per volunteer donated to to replant mangrove trees – roughly10 trees;
  • RM500 per person to local community;


Is Volunteering for me?Edit

[4]Lets clean that beach Before booking you will have already considered your motivations for volunteering. Our reality check list helps to prepare you for what to expect from working on an island in a developing country. The full reality check can be found on our website:

  • Cultural Differences – Malaysia is different to the life in your country.
    You should expect customs that may seem unfamiliar and research as much as possible beforehand on Asian and Malaysian culture. Bear in mind the realities of working in a developing country.
  • Working with turtles –Turtles are wild and often unpredictable and can cause you great harm if given the opportunity. It is for your safety and the turtles welfare that there is no contact with the adult turtles or hatchlings. However if the situation requires some handling only do so with the blessing of your facilitator. Photos of people holding turtle hatchlings is strictly forbidden. Also as wild animals don’t expect to see turtles nesting and hatchlings, seeing them is a privilege for volunteers not a right but you can be sure your efforts will help the turtles survive.
    • Changes to the Project - Changes can happen last minute. If we state that something “might” happen or could “possibly” happen, it means just that, do not come with the attitude that you will participate in every activity.
    • Amount of Work - Be realistic with the amount of work that you will accomplish during your time. The cumulative effect of many months soon becomes large. Even guarding the beach at night or picking up 1 cigarette butt might seem a small contribution but collectively has a positive effect on the protection of the turtles on the beach.
  • Island Reality! Perhentian Besar is a very beautiful island and the bay where the project is based looks like it isWe get large stick insects

straight from a holiday brochures front cover. However the lowland forest surrounding the resort is full of wildlife that you will be exposed too when you are in the forest. You may see many animals and some can cause injury (including monkey’s and large snakes) if you accidentally stumble across them, so it is important that when you are trekking to stay with the group and not wander off ahead. Carry an open mind and an alert one. You can also expect visitors in your rooms including geckos, spiders and occasionally rats, squirrels and snakes.

  • Living with other people – Volunteers are expected to arrive with a gregarious nature and to be tolerant of all other members of the group; instances of discrimination, bullying or sexual harassment will never be tolerated & volunteers are expected to work positively with all other members of the group. Bear in mind that toleration is the key to a fulfilling and successful project life.

Responsible VolunteeringEdit

Our Responsibilities:

As part of our Responsible Volunteering Policy we are committed to the following areas.

Responsibilities to the Project:

To create a project that fulfil the needs and requirements of the local environment, addressing local needs. To work alongside local government, universities and partner organisations, building long-term relationships based on mutual trust and respect. We work to ensure our project is sustainable to avoid dependency and continually monitor and evaluate it.

Responsibility to our volunteers:

We believe we have a responsibility to provide volunteers with worthwhile, meaningful and quality programmes that are based on solid responsible volunteering principles at the right price. We aim to provide honest and accurate information, and information to prepare volunteers for their placements. We provide continual support to volunteers and necessary training throughout their placements through our local team members. We highly value our volunteers and recognise their importance. Ecoteer prides itself on low cost volunteering and only approved agents with project knowledge and who charge clear admin fees are used, you are able to contact the people in charge of the projects or sales people who have had personal experience at the project site. This reduces the price to a minimum and ensures all of your program fee goes to the onsite organisation. It also means you get up-to-date information and you talk to the people whom you will be volunteering with increasing your connections with the project even before you go.

Environmental Responsibility:

Environmental conservation lies at the heart of the HOPE program- by protecting the future of the surrounding environment and teaching tourists and local school children how and why we can work to secure the future of turtles and coral reefs. In 2010 in partnership with Reef Check Malaysia we are creating an environmental awareness group in the village to help spread environmental awareness amongst the adult villagers. Our small group sizes reduce pressure on the surrounding environment. The information we collect is shared with local governments and universities ensuring the knowledge we collect is dissipated among the wider national and international communities.

Economic Responsibility:

We operate low cost volunteer programs which enable more volunteers, local and international, to experience and play a part in turtle and reef conservation. In addition we give a lower price to local volunteers and at least 10% of foreign volunteer fees are donated to the Perhentian Village fund. The Perhentian Village Fund is under the management of HOPE and supports community development projects in the village. When staying in the village the accommodation is owned by a local villager and we give our volunteers an allowance to buy their food whilst in the village so they spend their money in different shops and restaurants ensuring more villagers benefit economically from the volunteers presence.
The volunteer fee is broken down as below;-

Socio-cultural Responsibility:

Our project is long-term, helping us build strong relationships based on mutual trust and respect. We respect the local cultures and traditions, encouraging volunteers to do the same by providing them with the relevant information beforehand and during the project, keeping small group sizes and employing local staff.

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