Rimbun Dahan Turtle Project, Malaysia

Company : Fuze Ecoteer Outdoor Adventures
Activities: Summer Volunteer Programs / Animal Volunteer Projects / Conservation Volunteer Projects
Country: Malaysia
Duration: 2 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 250 to 1000 £ Pound (UK)

Volunteer at Rimbun Dahan Hatchery which is located near one of the largest sea turtle nesting populations in Peninsular Malaysia. Help save sea turtles near to Cherating.

The beaches near to Cherating and Kemaman, are popular tourist destinations in Malaysia and are home to some of the largest nesting sea turtle colonies in Peninsular Malaysia with over 1000 nests per year being laid at Pantai Mat Nik alone. This programme supports the work of turtle ‘godfather’ Pak Su and his hatchery at Rimbun Dahan. You will help manage the hatchery as well as educate tourists about ethical sea turtle watching. This programme is great for all budding young marine conservation enthusiasts.

Rimbun Dahan Turtle Hatchery was started by a local villager and tour guide who has a passion for sea turtles, Pok Su. He is a living legend in sea turtle conservation in Malaysia and a true inspiration to all he meets. He works at two places. One a very popular turtle nesting beach which has the most turtle nests on the mainlandof peninsularMalaysia, more than 2500 in 2016. By day he works at the Rimbun Dahan Turtle hatcherywhichis located 5km away on another beach where the government allow the local people to collect and sell the eggs.  What Pok Su does is buys back the eggs from the collectors andincubates them at his private hatcherycalled Rimbun Dahan. 

If Pok Su didn’t buy back these eggs forsure they would be sold atthe market and eaten.Volunteers get to help with both sites as Pok Su’s army.Pok Su is a great man and inspires all that visitsand works with him as a volunteer.”


Program Specifics

  • Start Dates: Every Monday, February to November 
  • Min Duration: 1 week to 3 weeks
  • Eligibility: 18+ but families with children also welcome to apply
  • Includes: Quad share volunteer house, return transfers from Chukaibus station, accommodation and meals throughout
  • Not included: Travel to Chukai, travel insurance

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