Bali – Family-Friendly Sea Turtle Rescue

This program is now open to international volunteers!

Join a fully dedicated team on a small island off the tropical island of Bali to help care for injured sea turtles until they are ready to be released into the sea again! This program welcomes families with children who are five years of age and older.


Program Highlights:

  • Work closely with injured sea turtles and release rehabilitated turtles back into the sea
  • Contribute to a vulnerable species with important volunteer tasks
  • Enjoy the turquoise beaches while living on the tropical island of Nusa Penida
  • Private, 3-star hotel accommodations for families
  • Additional staff support to ensure that you can fully participate in the project with all of your family members
  • Ethical wildlife volunteer tasks and interactions


Family Price Details:

  • The Project Fee stated below is per person 12 and above
  • Children 11 and under receive 50% off the Project Fee
  • Families should upgrade to a private room, see rates below.
  • Each child 11 and under must be accompanied by at least one adult, and one adult can supervise a maximum of three children under the age of 18.


Your Schedule at a Glance (minimum 8-day commitment):

Day 1, Sunday: Arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS). You will be picked up by the local team and transferred to the hotel accommodation on Nusa Penida Island. Following lunch, volunteers will receive an introduction to the area.

Day 2, Monday: Following breakfast, volunteers will receive an introduction to the program and begin to volunteer at the turtle sanctuary. Volunteers will watch a documentary on sea turtles in the evening.

Day 3, Tuesday: Rewarding volunteer work at the turtle sanctuary.

Day 4, Wednesday: Rewarding volunteer work at the turtle sanctuary in the morning. The evening will bring beach sports.

Day 5, Thursday: Following volunteer work, volunteers will enjoy a farewell dinner and bonfire at the beach. On either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, volunteers will visit the beautiful Crystal Bay on a relaxing excursion.

Day 6, Friday: Rewarding volunteer work at the turtle sanctuary. Releases are scheduled for hatchings each Friday.

Day 7, Saturday: On this day, families on the program will enjoy an exclusive excursion, including visits to Kelinking View Point, Broken Beach and Angel Billabong.

Day 8, Sunday: Departure day. (Families also have the option to depart on Saturday after 3:00 PM.)

Remaining Weeks: The remaining weeks will follow the schedule of volunteering Monday-Friday and having weekends free. Departures are on Saturday or Sunday.

Program Accomplishments: In 2019 alone, 600 turtles hatched at the hatchery and more than 700 were released!


Location icon Location of the Project: Bali, Indonesia

Project length Project length: Minimum 1 week – Maximum 4 weeks

Arrival Airport Arrival Airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS)

Volunteer Work Volunteer Work: Sea turtle conservation and environmental education

Age Age: This program welcomes families with children aged five and older

Number of Volunteers Number of Volunteers: Up to 30 International volunteers

Important Note Important Note: All volunteers must apply IN ADVANCE for B211 Social visa. The cost of the visa is approximately $50 USD.


What’s Included

Accommodations Accommodations: Family room in a hotel

Food Food: Three meals per day are provided during the week, two meals on weekends

Airport Transfers Airport Transfers: Airport pickup is provided upon arrival.

Support Support: Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.


What’s not Included

Flights, B211 visa (approx. $50 USD), travel health insurance, lunches on weekends, personal expenses

This project is based on a beautiful island just off the Indonesian island of Bali, called Nusa Penida. Nusa Penida is a quiet and relaxed island where divers and bird lovers alike can enjoy a day on secluded,white sand beaches along the north and northwest coasts. The surrounding limestone caves and high coastal cliffs make for scenic views in every direction. Hindu temples and cultural sites pepper the landscape and offer exciting views into the local history.


Daily Tasks
Daily tasks will include cleaning the tanks, scrubbing turtles, preparing food and feeding the turtles, collecting crabs, cleaning the beach and village area, making conservation awareness signs, making turtle toys and monitoring the progress of the turtles currently in the center.

Nesting season (May-October)
In addition to the regular tasks, volunteers will collect turtle eggs brought to the center from fishermen who have rescued them from being eaten or taken as pets illegally.

Hatching Season (45-75 days after nesting)
In addition to the regular tasks, volunteers will feed and treat the hatchlings until they are strong (8-12 months). Releases are scheduled for those hatchings each Friday.

A typical day: After a light breakfast you will head out to work on a specific project at the sanctuary. After a few hours you will have lunch and a bit of time to rest. The afternoon is will be spent with the community. By 5:00 PM, you are back at the project to check on the turtles before dinner.

Please Note: Volunteer activities and schedules can change at any time based on the needs of the project.

Holidays: While the project remains open throughout the year, activities and volunteer schedules may vary on the holidays. The educational awareness classes, where volunteers conduct outreach to local schools, does not take place during school holidays. For specific dates, please consult with our placement coordinators.

Internet icon Internet: Free WiFi is available.

Laundry icon Laundry: There is a laundry service available nearby, for an additional fee.

Accommodations icon Accommodations: Family accommodations are in a 3-star hotel with air conditioning and a pool. Transportation will be provided between the project site and your hotel. Photos below are representative of the style of hotel.

Food icon Food: Families will eat with the other, non-family volunteers, at the volunteer house. Three meals per day are provided during the week, and two are provided each day on weekends. The local team can accommodate vegan or gluten-free diets and severe peanut allergies with advance notice.


Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements:

  • Good level of English
  • Police clearance
  • Genuine interest in turtles and conservation education
  • Good level of physical fitness
  • Flexible and open-minded
  • Children must be at least five years old

There is plenty to do on Nusa Penida, but there are also some great places to visit outside the island. Just 45 minutes on a speed boat will get you to the mainland of Bali, where you can immerse yourself in the local culture and historical and archeological sites. You can also spend your time surfing, diving or exploring the lush rice terraces and volcanic hillsides. Bali has something to offer every visitor. Divers can also visit Sanur, an east coast town, where you can find yourself dining in amazing restaurants and biking through the lovely scenery.

Culture Week (Highly Recommended):
This week-long introduction is a perfect opportunity to meet fellow volunteers and surround yourself with the local Bali community! Before you begin your volunteer project on Nusa Penida, you will enjoy an exciting orientation in Penestanan Kaja village (just five minutes from Ubud center) that will provide an introduction of Bali culture, such as a walking tour of the local markets, attending a Balinese traditional dance show, taking Balinese language classes, participating in painting and flower classes, and visiting famous temples. The orientation runs from Monday through Friday, giving you the weekend to relax or explore the area on your own before you start work at your project.

Program Add-Ons:
Consider joining one or more of these special programs to add another dimension to your experience in Bali:

  • Yoga and Mind Week: Learn about yoga and meditation practices to improve your health and well-being.
  • Bali Adventure: Enjoy an adventure-filled week of trekking up volcanoes, cycling through town and enjoying a relaxing massage at the end of the week.


Please note that there is an additional fee for these programs. Prices available upon request.

Volunteer Experiences

“Turtle time!”, loudly called out by one of my newfound friends signified the beginning of either a morning or afternoon…

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