Turtle & Fireflies Discovery Trip

The original 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.

Dr. Chen giving a lecture on turtles at the Turtle Conservation and Information Centre, Cherating.

Our first Turtle Discovery Trip was offered to the public in 2011. We wanted to share our knowledge on turtles with the general public, with hopes to spread our conservation message to as many people as possible. In the first year (2011), we had only conducted three trips with a total of 6 guests. Last year (2017), we conducted 12 trips with a total of 285 guests.

Dr. Chen sharing the story of TCS’ community-based river terrapin conservation project with our guests.

This year, we’re offering a new Turtle & Fireflies Discovery Trip to add more value to our existing trips. In addition to learning about turtles, you will also learn about our fireflies, i.e. their ecological roles, life cycle, etc. For example, did you know that fireflies are actually beetles, not flies? Did you know that some fireflies synchronize their flashing, and some don’t? Did you know that some female fireflies consume the males after mating?

Guests seated in a boat, en route to watch fireflies in the Cherating River.


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

2:00 pm: Meet and greet at the Turtle Conservation and Information Centre, Cherating. Briefing. Visit the Sanctuary. Photo opportunity.
3:15 pm: Leave Cherating for the TCS River Terrapin Conservation Centre in Kg. Pasir Gajah.
4:00 pm: Arrive at Kg. Pasir Gajah. Briefing. Photo opportunity. Refreshments.
5:15 pm: Proceed to Cherating for dinner.
6:00 pm: Dinner at a pork-free restaurant (included).
7:30 pm: Briefing on fireflies.
8:00 pm: Fireflies-watching tour in the Cherating River.
9:00 pm: Return from the river.
9:15 pm: Return to hotel (accommodation not included).


We are NOT offering turtle-watching and hatchling-release activities this year because they’re too destructive for the nesting female turtles and the hatchlings. In the past, we’ve witnessed too many guests crowding around the female turtles at any one time. Some guests would push each other, some guests would want to touch the female turtle and the eggs, etc. We’ve also seen guests who take photos (with flash) on the nesting beach, despite repeated reminders to refrain from flash photography on the beach.

Some guests, while holding newly emerged hatchlings in their hands, accidentally dropped them on the sand.


Public trips: You may share the trip with other families.
Private trips: The trip will be conducted on your preferred date (EXCEPT on Monday and Wednesday).
Corporate/Group: Please email pelf@turtleconservationsociety.org.my for group rates!

6-10 paxRM 300FREE
11-20 paxRM 250FREE
21-40 paxRM 220FREE


  • A briefing and Q&A session at each destination with our trained guides
  • Photo opportunities
  • Refreshments at Kg. Pasir Gajah
  • Pork-free dinner
  • Fireflies watching tour in the Cherating River
  • A token donation to TCS


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

Our Turtle & Fireflies 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 on Monday and Wednesday). It is a full-day, self-drive trip that begins at 2:00 pm, and ends at approximately 9:30 pm. 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.

DateInterested ParticipantsConfirmed Participants
5th May 2018
19th May 2018REST DAY
9th June 20181. Sagayah Mary (5 pax)
12th June 20181. Chandra (4 pax)
*20th June 20181. Mr. Lee & Family (11 pax)
23rd June 2018REST DAYREST DAY
30th June 2018
7th July 20181. Nur Fariha bt. Muhamad Fozy (1 pax)
2. Tan Chai Ang (3 pax)
3. Dr. Wan Faridah (3 pax)
*11th July 20181. Michelle (9 pax)
14th July 2018
21st July 2018
28th July 20181. Jocelyn (15 pax)
4th August 2018
11th August 2018
*14-16th August 2018HOMESCHOOLING GROUP1. Ashley (3 pax)
2. Azrina (3 pax)
3. Sarini (3 pax)
4. Jon (4 pax)
5. Azrin (2 pax)
6. Maya (3 pax)
18th August 2018REST DAYREST DAY
25th August 2018
1st September 2018
8th September 2018
15th September 2018

Last updated: 18th July 2018

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

If you would like to join our Turtle & Fireflies 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.


If you have any questions regarding the Turtle & Fireflies 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