Malaysia Rainforest & Reef Conservation Project

Location
Malaysia
Length
4 to weeks
Housing
Hostel
Age
Min. 18 years
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About This Program

Get the best of both rainforest and island volunteering with our Rainforest & Reef project. Go on an anti-poaching patrols, track both human and wildlife activities, go forage and camp with the Batek ladies (a local indigenous tribe), all in the oldest rainforest in Malaysia and also, go caving! Then, head to paradise that is the Perhentian island and join our marine conservation efforts by doing reef cleans ‘diving against debris’, photo identification of sharks and turtles, and maintaining a coral nursery. You will be based in the village allowing you to understand more about the local culture.

If you have never dived before, don’t fret! You can conduct your PADI open water with us and one of our local dive centre partners. Let us know if you would like to join the diving course or if you are already a qualified diver!

With Course – 4 weeks $2519
Without Course - 4 weeks $2456

Highlights

  • Visit the Batek tribe & learn about their lifestyle by camping and foraging with them.
  • Enjoy an overnight camping trip with the indigenous tribe.
  • Contribute to our ever-growing turtle photo ID database, and establish a new shark and seahorse photo ID database for the marine parks
  • Help preserve countless species on the number one island location in Malaysia.
  • Discover and understand the local culture of Malaysia.

Week 1 & 2: Merapoh Rainforest Station

Explore the rainforest by trekking to deter poachers
Collect vital data on signs of wildlife
Adventure in to ancient limestone caves
Eat, breathe and camp with the Batek community; the original forest tribe of Merapoh
Create delicious local cuisine by cooking in bamboo
Discover fascinating bushcraft skills like building natural shelters and mastering the blowpipe technique

Week 3 & 4: Perhentian Marine Research Station

Complete two dives to refresh and check your underwater and buoyancy skills
‘Dive against debris’ and undertake reef cleans whilst collecting valuable data for this citizen science project
Embark on turtle and shark photo ID dives
Assist with the maintenance of our coral nursery
Help make the island a more beautiful place through regular beach cleans
Experience the taste of Malaysia with a traditional Malay dinner, prepared and served in the home of a local villager

What's Included
Accommodation
Activities
Meals
Transportation
What's Not Included
Airfare
Domestic Airfare
Airport Transfers
SIM cards
Travel Insurance
Visa

Housing

Week 1 & 2: Merapoh Rainforest Station
You will be based in Merapoh village, which is on the border of Taman Negara National Park; the world’s oldest rainforest dating 130 million years! Volunteers stay in mixed sex accommodation at our shared Fuze Ecoteer flat that has 3 bedrooms, a kitchen and a great roof top view for watching the stars!

Week 3 & 4: Perhentian Marine Research Station
The Perhentian islands are 17km off the coast of East Malaysia and are made up of Perhentian Kecil and Perhentian Besar. Volunteers will live in a mixed sex volunteer house in the local village Kampung Pasir Hantu (southeastern side of Perhentian Kecil), immersing themselves in local traditions, cuisine and culture.

Meals

Breakfast tends to be simple; for instance bread, banana cake, coffee, tea, peanut butter, jam. For those feeling like they want to experience a more traditional Malay breakfast, you are more than welcome to venture into the village at your own cost, and see what takes your fancy. Paratha bread with curry and coconut rice is highly recommended!

Lunch is usually had at the house. Use our weekly shopping supplies to create a tasty meal for yourself. Or if we are going trekking, a yummy packed lunch is prepared by a local restaurant. Generally rice or noodles served with chicken, beef, fish, squid, or a vegetarian option.

Volunteers take turns to prepare dinner once a week and all pitch in to clear up afterwards. Our volunteers come from around the world, so this is a great opportunity to sample cuisine from different countries and all eat together. In both locations you will experience a traditional cooked Malay dinner in the home of a local.

The Merapoh Rainforest Station team has trekked a whooping 1000km and due to the team’s efforts considerably fewer snares have been discovered since 2014!

The Perhentian Marine Research Station have surveyed over 5000km of coral reefs and collected 57kg of rubbish along the way. Not to mention briefing over 4200 people on eco-snorkelling practices.

Your kind contribution to our eco cause helps pay for the continuation of these incredible programs and thus the protection and conservation of the amazing Malaysian wildlife, marine life and environments. It also provides an array of benefits to the local communities.

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Pricing

Four Weeks
$2519 USD

Location

Location:
Perhentian Islands
Currency:
Malaysian Ringgit
Weather:
Jan-Mar
90 F / 61 F
Apr-Jun
90 F / 66 F
Jul-Sep
86 F / 66 F
Oct-Dec
86 F / 63 F
Airports:
Sultan Mahmud Airport
( TGG )

The Perhentian Islands are a group of islands off of the coast of Malaysia that are surrounded by coral reefs. The 2 islands have different vibes with the Big island catering more towards families and cheaper travels. The island activities typically center around the water and coral reef conservation and research.

Hosted by Fuze Ecoteer Outdoor Adventures

Fuze Ecoteer Outdoor Adventures is a travel company with a bite. Let us connect you to nature! Our team members are all experienced & passionate people who love adventure and sharing their knowledge. Our business model utilizes revenue generated from voluntourism to establish self-sustaining conservation & community projects. The projects...

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