Rimbun Dahan Turtle Project



Adventure from £0.00 (Excluding flights)

Join our newly started project on the beaches of Mat Nik and Cherating, Malaysia. You will join the infamous turtle warrior Pak Su and help him in his quest to help save and safely hatch as many baby sea turtles as possible.

You will join Pak Su on the nesting beaches at night educating tourists about sea turtles and their conservation, inspiring them to reduce their impact on the worlds oceans.

By day you will help at Pak Su’s hatchery at Chendor beach where he is buying back eggs from local villagers whom collect them at night. The Rimbun Dahan Hatchery is helping to save turtle eggs which otherwise would have been sold at market and consumed by people. The hatchery is located near to a 5 star resort where you will stay in the staff quarters and help educate their guests about sea turtles and host tours around the hatchery.

This is a truly humbling project supporting an individual guy, Pak Su, dubbed ‘The Godfather’ of turtles in Malaysia.


Turtle watch
You will help Pak Su to manage tourists viewing nesting sea turtles at Mat Nik Beach which is 5km away from the Rimbun Dahan Hatchery. You will give an introduction brief to them about turtles and the do’s and don’ts of turtle watch. When its time to view the nesting mother you will help to manage the tourists to ensure minimal disturbance to the sea turtles. You will also help to collect non-invasive photos of nesting sea turtles. The photos that you collect will help our researchers to establish nesting patterns of sea turtles in Malaysia.

The scutes (scales) on the flippers and the side of a green turtles face are unique to each individual. In collaboration with the Department of Fisheries, we collect photos of the sea turtles on nesting beaches and at sea whilst snorkelling in Perhentian and Mat Nik Beach. With each photo we also collect extra data such as location, time, date, male/female etc. We then use software to identify each photo against a database of previously identified individuals. If new turtles are discovered then you get to name your new turtle. The information that this research gathers is vital for conservation measures as we will be able to identify population numbers of male and female turtles, identify hotspots where conservation efforts need to be focused and also movement patterns of the turtles.

Rimbun Dahan Hatchery
In addition to your work on Mat Nik Beach you will manage the Rimbun Dahan turtle hatchery. The hatchery is on a beach where the turtle eggs laid there are not protected. The villagers have a system where by they collect turtles eggs with some being sold for consumption and others are sold to Pak Su at Rimbun Dahan Hatchery (RDH). The RDH hatchery is really important as without it all the eggs would be sold at the local markets for human consumption. You will help to collect and count the eggs and then bury them inside the hatchery. You will also help to care for a disabled sea turtle that was not released due to it not being able to survive in the wild and is now the mascot of Rimbun Dahan Hatchery.


If you would prefer less free time in your program, we are happy to share many of our mini projects with you. So if you want to be involved in these activities which are not included in your program, feel free to speak to us and we can allocate you a mini project for you to complete in your free time whilst at the project. 

Adventure includes:

  • Meals
  • Accommodation
  • Pick up from Chukai Bus station, Kemaman
  • Minimum 5 overnight turtle watches per week.

Doesn't include

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal expenses


Day 1: Monday

Morning: Volunteers arrive at Chukai Bus Station. Bus transfer to the accommodation. Afternoon: Briefing and orientation: project overview and code of conduct, a tour around the resort and hatchery and water confidence session (learn the dos and don’ts of snorkeling plus how to wear the life jacket & snorkel gear). Evening: Dinner, Turtle watch.

Day 2 - 6: Tuesday - Saturday

Daily routine AM –collection and burying of eggs into the Hatchery BUT mainly rest and sleep. 1pm – Lunch 2pm – Hatchery duties, awareness board making, educational talks to guests, Jungle treks etc 5pm – free time 6.30pm – Dinner 7pm – Turtle Watch patrols 4am – Finish patrols

Day 7: Sunday

Departure day, check out time is 12 PM, however you can take a bus back to KL or northwards towards Perhentian Islands / Terengganu.


Making a booking

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Sunday 2nd Sep 2018 - Saturday 8th Sep 2018 £550.00
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