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Sea Turtles Conservation 4 Days 3 Nights

Sea Turtle Conservation Programmes 4 days 3 nights

Location: Kuching
Sarawak is home to all five sea turtle species – the Green Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle, Olive Ridley Turtle, Leatherback Turtle and Loggerhead Turtle. All of these species are critically endangered worldwide and therefore the state government has set up a network of coastal and marine national parks dedicated to their conservation.
The best coastal sites to view nesting turtles are Similajau National Park near Bintulu and Tanjung Datu National Park on the southwestern tip of Sarawak. However, the largest number of turtle landings, mostly of green turtles, take place on the islands of Talang-Satang National Park, just a short boat journey from Kuching.The largest of these islands, Pulau Satang Besar, is open to visitors and local tour operators offer day and overnight trips, including a visit to the turtle hatchery. Satang Besar offers excellent snorkelling – free swimming sea turtles are often seen around the reefs just offshore from the island’s superb beach.

The park’s main turtle conservation centre, Pulau Talang-Talang Besar, is usually closed to visitors. However, Sarawak Forestry, custodian of Sarawak’s National Parks, offers a superb opportunity for hands-on involvement in turtle conservation through its Sea Turtle Adoption Programme, where visitors spend 4 days working with professional conservationists, learning about turtles and taking part in conservation activities including: beach patrols to locate turtle landings; monitoring of nesting activities; tagging and measuring turtles; transferring eggs to the hatchery; releasing hatchlings and data recording.

Day 1 Kuching – Sematan – Talang Talang Islands (L/D)
0900 hours – Pick-up from hotel in Kuching and proceed by road (approx. 2 hours) to the small coastal town of Sematan. Have an early lunch in a local restaurant / coffee shop and then proceed to the boat jetty. Take a boat to the Talang Talang Islands (40 mins) – part of the Talang Satang National Park. Join Sarawak Forestry’s turtle volunteer programme that allows participants to actively take part in Sarawak’s sea turtle conservation efforts. Talang Besar and Talang Kecil are two small islands that serve as sanctuaries for Green and Hawksbill Turtles. Over 90% of turtle landings are from Green Turtles.

Arrive at Pulau Talang Besar around 1400 hrs. The rest of the day is at your leisure to relax, swim or go snorkeling. Late afternoon or early evening (exact time will be set by park rangers), attend a briefing by a park ranger about Sarawak’s turtle conservation programme before being allocated tasks or areas of responsibility. Duties include beach patrols to locate turtle arrivals, monitoring turtle nesting activity, tagging and measuring turtles, transferring eggs to the hatchery, releasing hatchlings, data recording and other on-site conservation activities. Dinner at the ranger station. Participate in nightly beach patrols and monitor the beach for turtle landings as directed by the park rangers or fixed by the volunteer duty rooster. Overnight at the ranger station.

Note: Everyone on the turtle volunteer programme is expected to help with conservation duties such as monitoring turtle landings. Volunteers can expect a rewarding experience but should bear in mind that the programme is not a beach holiday.

Day 2 Talang Talang Islands (B/L/D)
Turtle volunteer activities as directed by the park rangers – beach patrols to locate turtle arrivals, monitoring turtle nesting activity, tagging and measuring turtles, transferring eggs to the hatchery, releasing hatchlings, data recording and other on-site conservation activities. Overnight at the ranger station.

Day 3 Talang Talang Islands (B/L/D)
Turtle volunteer activities as directed by the park rangers – beach patrols to locate turtle arrivals, monitoring turtle nesting activity, tagging and measuring turtles, transferring eggs to the hatchery, releasing hatchlings, data recording and other on-site conservation activities. Overnight at the ranger station.

Day 4 Talang Talang Islands – Kuching (B/L)
After breakfast, free & easy, relax on the beach or go swimming. At 1100 hours board a boat and return to Sematan. Have lunch in a local restaurant / coffee shop inSematan. Return to Kuching arriving late afternoon. Be dropped off at your hotel in Kuching.

Note: The turtle volunteer programme is for adults (18 years and above). Sarawak Forestry do not allow children to participate in the programme.

Slots
Sarawak Forestry offers a set number of volunteer slots per year. These run from May to September each year. Please let us know which slots you prefer so we can confirm availability.

Trip Notes
Includes
English speaking guide, tours, transfers and activities as per itinerary, turtle volunteer programme fee, meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner), hostel-style accommodation at the Talang Talang ranger station. 6% Goods & Service Tax.

Excludes
Juices, carbonated & alcoholic beverages, optional tours, all air tickets.

Minimum
4 adults per order
Group of 2:
From MYR4,134.00 per person
Group of 3:
From MYR4,050.00 per person
Group of 4:
From MYR3,940.00 per person
Group of 5:
From MYR3,750.00 per person
Group of 6:
From MYR3,550.00 per person

Accommodation
Accommodation facilities at the ranger stations on the Talang Talang Islands are basic (dorm-style hostel rooms, simple toilets & bathrooms, etc.).

Note
All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking/reservation.

These tours operate on the principle that you may be in a small group of other people.