Turtle Discovery Trip

The Turtle Discovery Trip is a one-day public outreach programme offered by Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia (TCS). The trip is designed to give the general public an introduction to the different turtles found in Malaysia, the threats that these turtles face, and what can be done to help save them. Participants will also be taken to the River Terrapin Research and Conservation Project site to learn about what TCS does to conserve our critically endangered river terrapins. Finally, participants will also have an opportunity to get up-close to a sea turtle and watch her nest.

This video best summarizes the essence of our Turtle Discovery Trip:


The itinerary* for the Turtle Discovery Trip is as follows:

2:00 pm: Meet and greet at the Turtle Sanctuary, Cherating. Briefing. Visit the Sanctuary. Photo opportunity.
3:00 pm: Leave Cherating for Kg. Pasir Gajah.
4:00 pm: Arrive at Kg. Pasir Gajah. Briefing. Photo opportunity. Light refreshments.
5:00 pm: Leave Kg. Pasir Gajah for hotel.
5:30 pm: Check-in hotel (NOT included). Free and easy.
7:30 pm: Dinner at a pork-free restaurant (included).
8:45 pm: Proceed to the sea turtle nesting beach, Monica Bay.
9:00 pm: Briefing. Watch a sea turtle nest*.
11/12am: Return to hotel.

*Subject to changes and weather conditions.

1. Release sea turtle hatchlings in Cherating. This activity is only available from June onwards. RM 20/person.

2. You can extend your trip by driving northward to Kuala Terengganu to visit Turtle Alley in Chinatown. The journey from Kemaman to Kuala Terengganu takes approximately 2 hours. You can have a preview of this unique turtle landmark at turtlealley.wordpress.com.


Public trips: You may share the trip with other families.
Private trips: You will book the entire slot, without sharing with other families/groups.
Corporate/Group: Please email pelf@turtleconservationsociety.org.my for group rates!

RM 220RM 110RM 50FREE
1–5 paxRM 260RM 130RM 70FREE
6–10 paxRM 240RM 120RM 60FREE
11-20 paxRM 220RM 110RM 50FREE


  • A briefing and Q&A session at each destination with our trained guides
  • Light refreshments at Kg. Pasir Gajah
  • Pork-free dinner
  • Sea turtle watching at Monica Bay
  • A token donation to TCS


  • Transportation to Cherating/Kemaman
  • Accommodation in Cherating/Kemaman

Our Turtle Discovery Trips are carried out every Saturday, but if you would like to request for a private, weekday trip, let us know your preferred dates (except Mondays). It is a full-day, self-drive trip that begins at 2:00 pm, and ends at midnight. Our trips are limited to a maximum of 4 vehicles (roughly 15-20 pax) or one bus (approximately 40 pax). Your participation will be confirmed after we have received your payment.

DateInterested ParticipantsConfirmed Participants
6th May 2017Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) Herp & Marine Special Interest Groups
20th May 2017
27th May 20171. Chew Huey Meng (3A1C)
*6th June 2017Chong Chin Yin (7A2Y1C)
*7th June 2017KH Low
10th June 20171. Sylvia Ng (2Y)
2. Jocelyn Loke (3A2C)
17th June 2017Megan Liew
24th June 2017
1st July 2017
8th July 2017
15th July 2017
22nd July 2017
29th July 2017
5th August 2017
12th August 2017
19th August 2017

Last updated: 26th March 2017

Yes, I would like to join the Turtle Discovery Trip!

If you would like to join the Turtle Discovery Trip, please register your interest by filling up the following form. We will send you an email shortly to confirm the availability of your preferred date.


While care is taken to ensure that your participation in our Turtle Discovery Trip is enjoyable and educational, we CANNOT guarantee that you will be able to spot a sea turtle and watch her nest. After all, a nesting sea turtle is truly an act of nature :)


If you have any questions regarding the Turtle Discovery Trip, please do not hesitate to email us at pelf@turtleconservationsociety.org.my.


One of the best “Cuti-Cuti Malaysia” trips I’ve done! I have learned so much about turtles and terrapins in just a weekend. Wonderful and amazing excursion! Highly recommended to locals and tourists alike!
– Dora Khoo

It is heartening to see efforts made by the Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia to promote awareness on the plight of turtles. Enlightening, educational and fun. A great way to spend the weekend with family or friends!
– Lee Sze Ching

Terima kasih for such an amazing experience! We are leaving this expecience with the knowledge on how and why we take care of these turtles. With much love and gratitude to your important work.
– Priti, Robin and Davin

This field trip exceeded my expectations on many levels. In fact, it likely set a new standard by which field trips should be measured.
– Adeno Ong

It was a great, great, experience! Once in a lifetime. Very meaningful.
– Cikgu Nazrul, S.K. Gelugur