Location
  • Malaysia
    • Perhentian Islands
Length
1 to 8 weeks

Program Details

Language
English
Age Min.
18
Age Max
100
Timeframe
Short Term Spring Break Summer
Housing
Hostel
Groups
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30) Large Group (31+)
Travel Type
Budget Family Older Travelers Solo Women

Pricing

Starting Price
350
Price Details
We run three projects on the Perhentian Islands.

Perhentian Eco Education Project
1 week - USD350
2 weeks - USD578
and more

Perhentian Turtle Project
2 weeks - USD800
3 weeks - USD994

Perhentian Marine Research Station
2 weeks - USD1,200 with 1 PADI dive course and 7 additional dives
3 weeks - USD1,500 with 1 PADI dive course and 14 additional dives.


All prices are all inclusive and include
Return boat transfer, 3 meals per day, shared accommodation in dormitory and all activities.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Equipment Meals Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Domestic Airfare Airport Transfers SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa
Dec 05, 2023
Jan 19, 2024
141 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Fuze Ecoteer runs three marine conservation projects on the paradise Perhentian Islands in Peninsular Malaysia.

Perhentian Eco Education Project
This project is the KEY for all our projects. Here you lead weekly school clubs and annual camps for the children aged 6 to 12 years old. You job is to teach and inspire the future generations. We run kayak patrols, coral watch and precious plastic recycling sessions with the students as we believe in class without walls. You will also get involve with our villager run recycling programme, its still very small and humble but we hope we can do more.

Perhentian Turtle Project
We are based at two locations. Tiga our turtles nesting beach and the village where we do photo ID of foraging turtles. This project is different with other turtle projects as you will get involved with the villagers.

Perhentian Marine Research Project
Learn to scuba dive and survey the seagrass and coral reefs of Perhentian. You will learn so much!

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Impact

Ethical Impact

We have seen an increasing number of sea turtle nests at the beaches in Perhentian from 2008 when just 254 nests to 554 in 2023. We have trained over 20 villagers in scuba and conservation skills and they now join us on a daily rate wage to help remove ghost nets and other conservation actions. We have raised in just 2023 over RM100,000 for the local community at Lembah Subang Low Cost housing area.

Program Highlights

  • Dive on coral reefs collecting vital data
  • Enjoy afternoon snorkel surveys while taking photo ID of sea turtles
  • Teach the local kids and help with recycling programmes.
  • Night patrols under the stars and moon to protect mother turtles who come to lay their eggs
  • Spend your day off lounging on Malaysia’s most beautiful beaches

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Program Perhentian Island Turtle Project

Volunteer for sea turtles on Malaysia’s Perhentian islands. Help us protect Green sea turtle nesting sites, as well as tracking their movements with snorkel surveys whilst soaking up the beautiful scenery and culture the Perhentians have to offer.

Perhentian Marine Research Station

The Perhentian Marine Research Station is a small scale research station which focuses on the practical aspects of marine research and conservation. This means that PMRS can accommodate a wide range of volunteers who undergo training in marine life identification and underwater survey techniques, before the acquisition of survey data.

Perhentian Eco Education Project

The Perhentian Eco-Education Project is a unique project based on Perhentian islands. The aim of the project is to spread environmental awareness among the village children and locals while also improving their English and also to tourists.

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Program Reviews

4.87 Rating
based on 83 reviews
  • 5 rating 87.95%
  • 4 rating 10.84%
  • 3 rating 1.2%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Impact 4.55
  • Support 4.9
  • Fun 4.8
  • Value 4.65
  • Safety 4.8
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Hao Yon
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Review for the marine volunteer

I joined the team for a week or so as a volunteer for their marine research programme, and through that I learned so many things. As a Malaysian myself and as a person quite invested and well learned in our conservation side of things, these guys are one of the best at what they do.
I would highly recommend it to ANYONE interested in learning more about our beautiful islands and oceans, from learning about to sea turtles to seeing the magical coral reefs up close, it truly is a once in a lifetime experience.

What was your funniest moment?
Probably seeing a titan triggerfish swim past me as I was snorkelling, it was hilariously scary.
Pros
  • Beautiful scenery, the perhentian islands are truly magical. I daresay they rival those over in Borneo.
  • Amazing people, like most Malaysians, the people there are extremely friendly and welcoming.
  • Fuze Ecoteers themselves are amazing, from the founder Dan all the way down to the newest hire.
Cons
  • Like everything Malaysian, its extremely warm and humid. And since its a rural village, theres not much air conditioning.
  • The food, if you arent a fan of Malay food then its probably gonna be challenging.
  • It can be heartbreaking if you arent used to seeing the damaged oceans up close, from dead turtles to bleaching corals. If you can't stomach it, then youre in for a hard ride
11 people found this review helpful.
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Aleecia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Dive Volunteer

I recommend this program for those who want to get involved in marine conservation & improve their skills in scuba diving. During my time, the staffs were helpful. I got new friends. The villagers in Perhentian Island were nice too. Food was good except volunteers need to make their own breakfast so if you’re a picky eater, bring your own preferable breads or foods. The accommodations should be improved because the image shown is not the same as in reality. I rate this program 9/10, -1 for the accommodations.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
- Bring your own breads or snacks (food are a lil bit pricey on the island)
- Portable fan
- Dry bag
- Waterproof phone pouch
- Hangers (you go for diving for 4 days so you will need plenty of hangers to hang your wet clothes)
Pros
  • Boost self esteem
  • Improve diving skills
  • Make new memories
Cons
  • Heat (the weather is so hot)
  • Mosquitoes at night
  • Gecko in the toilet
9 people found this review helpful.
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Ian
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Perhentian Marine Research Centre Review

After the long two weeks I have spent on the Perhentian Islands in the Perhentian Marine Research Station Volunteering Activity, I have gained so much experience as well as made new memorable memories. I would highly recommend this trip to those who want to learn more about our oceans as well as those who want to discover.

Firstly, I don’t the pricing to be quite reasonable for well maintained and updated equipment. I feel safe when diving with the equipment provided. I would recommend bringing your own scuba mask if anyone plans to take part in this activity.

Secondly, I find the staff friendly. They aren’t shy and I find their guidance helpful. They really go out of their way to prepare and make sure every activity is fun and exciting. If you need any help or have any questions, the staff is always there to assist you with any issues.

Moreover, I have learnt various new diving skills like scientific diving skills and conservation of my country’s water. I have gained an abundant of new memories. This programme has shown me the importance of our oceans and the effects of human presence to our waters. I have gained a new perspective when it comes to judging the condition of our oceans and wish to do more to preserve it.

Aside from the pros, I do find that the accommodation is a little under maintained when I arrived. I have experienced a little bed bug bites on my hands, the mattresses were old and contained bed bugs. This is not a serious issue as the staff progressively renovated the place. On the second week after the mattresses were cleaned, the issue was solved.

To sum up, I would recommend this programme to those who are looking for some research experience as well as those who want to learn scientific diving as well as recreational diving.

Pros
  • Worth it
  • Friendly staff
  • Impactful
Cons
  • Accommodation issues
73 people found this review helpful.
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Jin Ru
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Fun Experience in this Perhentian Turtle Project

This is so much fun!!! Highly recommended!!!! Really worth the money and time, it is a valuable experience. The staff are friendly, they answer most of our queries and are suitable to chat with, we have a lot of fun with them. I really love how the project goes, as we go for kayak survey, Turtle ID, and most importantly, we get to go to the turtle nesting beach to help and save the turtle eggs!!! We learn how to differentiate the species of turtles, what they feed on, where they mostly nested, how to take care of their eggs, what to do when you encounter the turtles appearing to nest on the beach, etc. The food is absolutely delicious, I love it!!! It is really worth a second trip!!!

Pros
  • The experience is amazing. Lifetime experience
  • Worth the money
  • Friendly staff
Cons
  • Living condition can be improved
  • Safety measures can be improved
  • Hygiene can be improved
79 people found this review helpful.
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Rachel
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteer Conservation Projects in Malaysia

last year, I was inspired to join a volunteer program but I wasn't so sure where to start searching. A friend of mine recommended Fuze Ecoteer's Perhentian Turtle Project and ever since then, it has been the best volunteer program I've ever joined so far. It was definitely eye-opening as it was also hands-on. During the program, I was taught on how to swim and kayak in the open sea, identify turtles and was even lucky enough to get to name a new identified turtle during my program. We lived in village amongst a local community, which is also a unique experience for even for a Malaysian myself who has come from the hustle and bustle of cities. On the 4th and 5th day of the program ,we've also camped at the beach and joined a night watch to watch over the turtle hatchings and released them at night. It was a well structured program for volunteers looking to learn something new and work closely with the program team leads. It was a good combination of volunteer work and relaxation, as you get some downtime to go snorkelling at Perhentian's beautiful and clean waters or just relax by the beach. I had an amazing time and I would definitely recommend anyone to join.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I was honestly afraid when they said that we would have to swim without life-jackets in order to get close to the turtles (although it was not mandatory), but the team leads were very supportive and great at showing how it's done and since then, I was able to learn how to swim in open waters confidently, even without a life jacket.
97 people found this review helpful.
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Peter
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A nice programme for understanding the complex nature of conservation.

Really interesting and changes one's thinking. However the length of the program is not enough to do a lot (one needs to train for some of the activities) but it gives an insight on the required activities for conservation of coral reefs and related nature. And during this it provides useful experience, interesting connections to the local people, and lots of fun which we still talk about almost a year later. We actually want to go back to do something even more (less training and more action). Recommended for people who try to do something and want to be involved!

What would you improve about this program?
Definitely more activities as time easily passes by and we were there to help.
96 people found this review helpful.
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Lauren
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience the underwater world and learn how to protect it

To breathe underwater is a magical thing, and this is a great place to do it for the first time! If you’re already a diver, you will also learn a lot as you will be trained in improving your dive skills and being ecologically minded while diving, learn about specific marine life and the challenges they face, and get an intro to scientific diving. Use these skills to support monitoring, clean ups, and maintenance of an artificial reef. For you, you’ll learn a set of skills that you can take anywhere to work to protect the ocean. For the project, the data collected helps to make informed decisions to better protect the marine park. Unique to many conservation projects, you will stay in the village, which is an amazing opportunity to learn about another culture and get to know the local people. I had fun interning with this project and meeting divers from all over the world!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
If you can, get any materials ahead of time to study (especially marine organism id). You’ll have trainings there, but it could be fun to have a head start.
94 people found this review helpful.
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Dan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Work Placement!

I was a volunteer coordinator for the project from June - November 2017 and it was an incredible experience. I learned so much about turtle conservation and met so many great people during my time there. The work that is done has a real impact on the turtles within the area, we carried out worthwhile research and did our part to protect the local environment. The perhentian islands are a beautiful place to work and the local people are extremely kind, I had an amazing time and would recommend to anyone!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Diving at temple of the sea and seeing many sharks!
98 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

Yes we are! All are Welcome to Malaysia!

Hi Kock Min, To get to our Perhentian Turtle Project, you can either take an overnight bus from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) to Kuala Besut OR take a flight from KL to Kota Bharu and then travel to Kuala Besut. At Kuala Besut, you will take a boat to the village. Our team will meet you at the village's jetty.

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