Project Case Studies

Bubbles Turtle and Reef Conservation project, Malaysia, South East Asia

Helping to protect endangered nesting turtles by patrolling the beach and collecting data

Location: Pulau Perhentian Besar (‘Big Island’)

Project type: Conservation

Objective: To help the passionate staff of Bubbles Dive Resort, who pledge to protect the famous nesting turtles and reef of the Perhentian Islands. This coastline is full of life that is also, unfortunately, endangered. This project is designed to offer you a chance to be part of a detailed and meticulous protection campaign. Teams undergo orientation and training to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the wonderful nature surrounding the island.

Examples of work done

  • We first started working here in 2008
  • Around 15 teams have visited the site
  • To date we have saved 1650 turtle eggs and completed around 150 patrols

Impact of this project on school expedition teams

As well as having a massive impact on the local community, this project has huge beneficial effects on students, who develop new skills and broaden their awareness in several key areas:
  • Challengers learn about the natural habitat of turtles and the environmental challenges they face.
  • Challengers try their hand snorkelling, inspecting the reef, collecting environmental data, initiating beach clean-ups and identifying turtle species.
  • The team develop global citizenship skills through facing the challenges of living and working in the developing world.

Type of work: Sea Turtle Conservation

Spend time during the day with a member of the conservation team, who teaches you about the different types of turtles in Malaysia and the threats that are causing the sea turtle to be at risk of extinction. At night, you conduct hourly beach walks to look out for any turtles surfacing from the sea and nesting on Bubbles Beach. You collect data including the location of their nest, the size of the turtle and how many eggs it lays. During the patrols you also make sure there are no signs of poachers, as they sometimes come up to the beach to steal the eggs to sell on the black market.