Sea Turtles Conservation Assistants

founded in 2012
Fuze Ecoteer
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Coordinator | Daniel
Coordinator | Daniel
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Free dive to take photo ID of sea turtles
Observe mother turtles nesting under the stars
Improve knowledge on sea turtles conservation and share the knowledge with the public
Visit the beautiful Perhentian Islands of Malaysia
Meet other volunteers and widen your connection
Sea turtle conservation project on the beautiful Perhentian Islands, Malaysia This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
The Perhentian Turtle Project was established by Fuze Ecoteer in 2015. The project works in close collaboration with the local community, stakeholders, Department of Fisheries (DOF) and Marine Parks Division.

The project is currently based in two places: Kampung Pasir Hantu (Fisherman’s Village) on Perhentian  Kecil and Pantai Tiga Ruang (Turtle Beach aka the nesting beach) on Perhentian Besar.

Volunteers will be aiding the team in their day to day task such as kayak surveys, taking photo IDs of turtles, night patrols under the stars at the nesting beach we protect, transferring eggs and monitoring for hatchlings at our hatchery, conduct awareness talks and more. It is not all work and no play as once a week, volunteers will get to have Malay Dinner, learn how to  make 'Kuih' (traditional Malay dessert) and go on an Eco-Snorkel Tour.

Join us in our fight to protect and conserve sea turtles!

Typical day

While on the village, volunteers will get to go on kayak patrols to various locations to take photo IDs of turtles to collect data on the individual, their movements and feeding habits. Volunteers will also be conducting awareness talks with the team at nearby dive shops and resorts to spread the knowledge on sea turtles conservation and on how the public can be citizen scientists. Other than that, volunteers will be involved in our weekly beach cleans which is conducted with our sister projects on the island.

At the nesting beach, volunteers get to experience life away from the crowd and will be on night patrols to deter poachers from the beach and to observe mother turtle as it lays its clutch. Data on the individual turtle and its eggs will be collected and the eggs will then be transferred to the hatchery. The hatchery will also be monitored for hatchlings, which, upon discovery, will be released to the ocean.

Volunteers will have about 5 - 6 hours of work in a day from Monday to Saturday and will have their off day on a Sunday. On their off days, volunteers may explore the islands and all that it has to offer, relax by the ocean or choose to work on a mini-project. Ideas for a mini project that correlates with the project are always welcomed and open for discussion.

Once a week, volunteers will get to have a taste of authentic Malay food at the house of a local! This is a great time to interact with your host and get to know the culture better. 

Free-time activities

Volunteers can use our kayak on their off days if they wish to kayak, go snorkelling with one of the snorkel operators, diving with the local dive shops, read or stroll around the village.

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Required Documents
Scanned copy of passport and Personal health declaration form
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Able to swim
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

What's Included

Services by Fuze Ecoteer

The fees will cover:

  • Accommodation at our Volunteer House
  • Food i.e 3 meals a day
  • Activities and transport within the project
  • Boat transfer to and from Kuala Besut.

The fees DO NOT cover:
  • Airfares
  • Travel to and from Kuala Besut
  • Insurance
  • Visa


The accommodation is a mixed-gender dorm house. 

Volunteers will stay at the Fuze-Ecoteer’s Volunteer House. 

  • Communal toilet/ bathroom

  • A small safe is available for passport and/or money at the Turtle House i.e the Project house

  • Wi-fi internet access is available at the Turtle House

  • Shops are available in the village to purchase toiletries, snacks, drinks, vegetable, chicken and fruits. 

  • Laundry: hand wash or washing machine at the Turtle House 

  • Bedding and mosquito nets are provided 

  • We can play CDs and DVDs on our project laptop, but we don’t have a TV.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Main meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are provided - either cooked at the Turtle House or eaten out in the village. Once a week, volunteers get to have dinner at a locals house during their Malay Dinner session.
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Sultan Ismail Petra Airport (KBR) in Kota Bharu. We assist you to find cheap flights to Malaysia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Malaysia provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Malaysia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Malaysia.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Volunteers can choose to start on any Monday. This programme runs from April-September and is closed from October-February due to the Monsoon season.

All volunteers will start on a Monday and depart on a Sunday. We require our volunteers to volunteer for a minimum of 2 weeks.

Please arrive by 8AM ON A MONDAY AT THE SAVE PARK HOLIDAY SDN BHD OFFICE AT THE KUALA BESUT JETTY. Your arrival time is important so that you can get situated and oriented with the project and the islands as soon as possible. We have arranged a boat transfer for all volunteers with Save Park Holidays and this boat fee is already included in your program fee. Please DO NOT use other boat ferry operators at Kuala Besut because they may not know where Fuze Ecoteer is and may overcharge boat fees borne at your own expense. You are to tell the boat driver to drop you off at Kampung Pulau Perhentian and we will greet you there.

Your transportation to Kuala Besut is not included in your project fees, but we are more than happy to advise on booking bus tickets or taxis. 

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 4 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$434 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Fuze Ecoteer will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Fuze Ecoteer during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Sea turtle conservation project on the beautiful Perhentian Islands, Malaysia


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