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: Proceed to Rimbun Dahan Private Hatchery to release sea turtle hatchlings (optional)*
6:30 pm: Check-in hotel (NOT included). Free and easy.
8:00 pm: Dinner at a pork-free restaurant (included).
8:50 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
11-20 paxRM 260RM 130RM 70FREE


  • 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.

*Private trips are marked with an asterisk.

**For guests who’d rather not drive but enjoy the scenic routes of Cherating/Kemaman, we provide transportation throughout the trip (from 2:00 pm until midnight) for RM50 per pax. Seats are limited and are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

DateInterested ParticipantsConfirmed Participants
6th May 2017FULLY BOOKEDMalaysian Nature Society (MNS) Herp & Marine Special Interest Groups (15A8C)
*30th May 2017 (PRIVATE)Chang Chooi Teng (5A1Y4C)
6th June 2017FULLY BOOKED1. Tang Kok Han (2A2C)
2. Teng SC (3A2C)
3. Tee Ting Siew (2A2C)
4. Wee Su May (2A1C)
*7th June 2017 (PRIVATE)Low Kai Hui (6A7C)
10th June 2017FULLY BOOKED1. Chew Huey Meng (3A1C)
2. Ong Julain (4A)**
3. Jocelyn Loke (4A2C)
4. Chang Hon Choong (2A1C)
5. Benson Thye (4A1C)
6. Gary Lee (2A1C)**
*17-18th June 2017 (PRIVATE)FULLY BOOKEDMegan Liew (17A14C)
8th July 2017FULLY BOOKED1. Wong Teck Han (3A)**
2. Lim Puay Aun (12A)
15th July 2017REST DAY
*22nd July 2017 (PRIVATE)Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (12 pax)
*29th-31st July 2017 (PRIVATE)Burnham Grammar School (14A)
*1st-3rd August 2017 (PRIVATE)Kendrick School (19A)
5th August 20171. Fung Chye Vun (3A1Y1C)
12th August 2017SMK Ibrahim Fikri (36A)
19th August 2017
*20th-22nd August 2017 (PRIVATE)British American Tobacco - Malaysia**

Last updated: 23rd July 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