Turtle Discovery Trip

We are no longer offering our Turtle Discovery Trips in 2017 because the turtle nesting season has ended. If you would like to join us on our future trips, like our TCS Facebook page for updates!

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.

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


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