Marine Conservation in Malaysia
Situated in the stunning island paradise of Pulau Kecil in the Perhentians, just off the north-eastern coast of peninsular Malaysia, this project centres its efforts in diving in Malaysia and encountering the area's marine life, which includes turtles and blactip reef sharks, and devising ways of reducing the negative impact that such human actions can have on the coral ecosystem.
The research gathered through this incredible project is collected to create scientific reports, which will be given to the authorities and scientific journals about the details of diving tourism and its effects on this marine environment. A large part of the research is conducted through survey dives - therefore a portion of project time here is set aside for volunteers to take a PADI Open Water or Advanced Open Water scuba-diving qualification. After completing this, volunteers are able to join the project team and assist on two survey dives per day.
Volunteers will also spend much time during the project helping out with sports clubs at local schools, and will spend evenings and weekends relaxing with the locals in more casual settings. This really is a project not to be missed!
Start Dates are every other Monday of each month.
Arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport and take a connecting, internal flight to Kota Bharu airport preferably. Alternatively you can take an overnight bus from Kuala Lumpar (which takes around 8 hours) the night before. Please ensure that you are at the jetty by 10am.
You will spend this time undertaking a PADI Open Water Diving Qualification, or Advanced Qualification. On Saturday evenings, volunteers and staff usually head to Long Beach for a party. Sundays are for volunteers to spend as they wish – a perfect time to make use of the fantastic beaches and crystal clear waters!
These days are spent working on the Perhentian Island Diving Project with the staff and other volunteers. Although daily tasks may alter slightly, generally the schedule for each working day will begin with the first dive, where you will extrapolate and record data from the reef. After lunch, there is a second survey dive, and in the late afternoon, volunteers head to the nearby village school to help with sports clubs.
Travel back to the mainland and transfer to the airport for your return flights, or commence independent travel plans.
On this project, you will get the chance to take part in a wide variety of exciting activities. Below are examples of some of those included in this project.
Beginners complete a PADI Open Water Qualification, and those already qualified for open water, a PADI Advanced Qualification. This is optional however, so if volunteers arrive and are already qualified, they can get straight into the marine conservation volunteer work after a day’s training.
Volunteers attend a number of lectures and talks whilst working at the project, covering a range of subjects under marine conservation volunteering. As well as this, all volunteers take part in two survey dives a day, involving eight to ten key sites, filming shoals of fish for counting, and collecting substrate data.
Every Saturday, marine conservation volunteers assist the running of an ‘awareness booth’, designed to educate the island’s tourists about the impact of human actions on the marine-life and island environment.
Green Turtle Conservation
One key aspect to this project is identifying the individual movement patterns of the turtles around the islands. Marine conservation volunteers will help to collect Photo identification of each green turtle seen, by looking at the unique pattern of scales on their faces, which helps to provide a non-intrusive method of identification for the animals.
Become immersed in the island culture
Initiate environmental and cultural events in the village, for villagers and tourists to join together during ’Gotong Royong’ events.
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