Run by: The Great Projects
Reference number: Perhentian Islands Marine Project
This program runs on set start dates between March and October. Please see our website for more details.
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 on understanding the diverse ecosystem here. The reefs and seagrass beds have not been mapped out, and volunteers here help to gather important data which can be passed onto local authorities in order to make appropriate coastal management decisions.
This project provides unequalled opportunities to learn about and assess the ecosystems of marine environments, as well as the chance to gain a PADI diving certificate and much under-water experience. The project also offers countless research opportunities for Masters and PhD students looking to conduct field research as a marine conservation volunteer.
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.
Reef And Seagrass Mapping
You will conduct research dives where you will help to map out the coral reefs and seagrass beds to help understand the species composition within the ecosystem as well as the overall health of the area. Here you could encounter fascinating marine life, including turtles, sharks, angelfish and more!
You may also help to collect data on other aspects regarding the health of the ocean. These can include, water salinity, turbidity, wave height, sea temperature and more. Understanding these factors help the staff to understand how they, in turn, may affect the seagrass beds and coral reefs.
Reef And Beach Cleans:
This project aims to fight plastic pollution which is choking coastlines all over the world by carrying out regular beach and reef cleans. Here you will witness just how alarming the level of plastic pollution is in the area.
You will be encouraged to work on a project of your choosing regarding marine conservation based on your personal skills. The topics can range from lesson plans for school children regarding marine education, or helping out the project with getting more volunteers on board!
You will help to educate locals and tourists on how to dive responsibly to help relieve some of the pressure that tourism puts on the reefs. Studies show that these talks are certainly successful, as after briefing damage to the reefs from tourism was drastically reduced.
So what are you waiting for? Secure your place to volunteer in Malaysia and aid marine conservation efforts today!
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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