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The word “Perhentian” in Malay means “stopping point” and it is easy to understand why one would need to stop by once you have seen the islands for yourself. The islands are surrounded by bright, teal waters and white sandy beaches that are complemented by an electric green, tropical jungle. The Perhentian Islands of Malaysia are made up of the smaller island of Kecil and the larger Besar.
While Kecil is most popular with younger tourists, Besar has a more relaxed vibe. This marine conservation project takes place mostly on the Kecil island, where volunteers can usually find a beach party at Long Beach to attend in their free time. For the more relaxed volunteer, Coral Bay is a beautifully serene destination.
The goal of this project is to conduct research and participate in the conservation of coral reefs and other marine life populations, restoring life to the crystal waters of this popular destination.
Volunteers will take part in eight dives per week, the goals of which include Survey Skills and Scientific Dive Training, Artificial Reef Maintenance, Artificial Reef Building, Clean Up Dives, Shark Survey Dives and Fish and Marine Organism Identification.
Some of your tasks may include:
Internet: Free WiFi is available at the accommodations.
Laundry: There are laundry facilities at the accommodations.
Accommodations: Volunteers will stay in a shared, traditional volunteer Malay home with cold-water showers and a squat toilet.
Food: 3 meals per day are provided. Breakfast normally includes breads, cereals, coffee and tea. Lunches and dinners are cooked by volunteers; volunteers are expected to take turns preparing meals.
Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements:
Around Kecil Island, canoes and kayaks are readily available for rent. Another option during free time on Sundays is to explore the tropical jungle of the island!