Turtle Volunteer Programme - Orangutravel
Support the endangered species of bornean turtles and volunteer to work with biologists and rangers of Talang Talang marine park to supervise the turtles nesting in this island, watch them laying eggs, hatching and turtle release into the sea!
Highlights
  • Get close to Borneo turtles and learn more about this species
  • Work close to biologists and park rangers
  • Drive through Sarawak countryside
What's included
  • Round trip from Kuching to Sematan and then boat to Talang Talang and back
  • Accommodation at the Talang Talang ranger station
  • Entrance fees and permits
  • Meals
Turtle Volunteer Programme
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      Contribute to the volunteer project to help the sea turtle – an unfortunately endangered species. For four days you will be a collaborator at island declared national park  for the turtles protection and safeguard. During your staying you may be able to spot those reptiles laying their eggs during the nighttime as well as daytime. Follow the instructions given by the local rangers at the National Park and gives your contribution to the daily work aimed to preserve and safeguards their eggs. Your 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. You will be accommodated together with the  rangers on the island – it’s a simple dorm room with shared bath. It’s not possible to have a private room as accommodation.

      Since it’s a protected area, you will be trained by the Sea Park Management about rules and regulations to be followed while on the island. Expect this to be a gratifying experience – although  you can swim on the island be aware this is not a “beach holiday”; the accommodation itself at the rangers station on Talang-Talang island is basic and not a fancy resort.

      The Forest Department accept a fixed amount of volunteers per year and in specific days only. Let us know which of these dates suits you best in order for us to confirm the availability.
      Current schedule:

      • May: 4th to 7th / 11th to 14th / 18th to 21st
      • June: 8th to 11th / 15th to 18th / 22nd to 25th
      • July: 6th to 9th / 13th to 16th / 27th to 30th
      • August:  3th to 6th / 10th to 13th / 17th to 20th /  24th to 27th
      • September:  7th to 10th / 14th to 17th / 21st to 24th

      We recommend you to carry only  a waterproof backpack with the strict necessary, since to reach the island a medium-sized boat will be used. If you have a heavy or cumbersome baggage, we suggest to leave it for safekeeping at your accommodation’s luggage storage in town. We recommend to have with you suitable  shoes and outfit, mosquito repellent, sunscreen,  a raincoat, a hat, a torch, a waterproof camera, a towel and your swimsuit and a towel.

      Schedule

      1 Reach Satang Besar island
      Meet your driver at your hotel lobby in Kuching and drive through Sarawak countryside to reach Semantan town, West of Kuching. On the way you will stop at a local restaurant or coffee shop ("kopitiam") to have some local food.
      20150210 09:00Pick up from your hotel lobby in Kuching.
      20150210 11:00Have brunch in a local restaurant or coffee shop (kopitiam).
      20150210 13:00Boat to Satang leaves from Sematan jetty.
      20150210 14:00Arrive in Satang Besar.
      20150210 14:30Leisure time on the island, you can swim or do snorkeling.
      20150210 17:00Briefing by a park ranger about Sarawak’s turtle conservation programme.
      20150210 19:00Dinner at the Talang Talang ranger station.
      20150210 20:00Nightly beach patrol to monitor the beach for turtle sightings.
      2 Talang Talang turtle conservation activities - day #2
      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 hatch-lings, data recording and other on-site conservation activities.
      20150210 07:00Breakfast.
      20150210 12:00Lunch.
      20150210 19:00Dinner,
      3 Talang Talang turtle conservation activities - day #3
      Same activities as day #2.
      20150210 07:00Breakfast.
      20150210 12:00Lunch.
      20150210 19:00Dinner.
      4 Back to Kuching town
      After breakfast, you can spend your last moments on the island and even go for a swim. You will then return to Sematan and from there a vehicle will drive you back to Kuching (hotel or airport). You will have brunch at a local restaurant or kopitiam. If you need to catch a flight please let us know in advance (you should be in airport at least 2 hours before departure) as the arrival in Kuching could be delayed by traffic.
      20150210 07:00Breakfast.
      20150210 11:00Boat departure to Sematan.
      20150210 12:00Lunch in a local restaurant or coffee shop.
      20150210 16:00Estimated arrival in Kuching (hotel or airport).
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