New IMCC5 Field Trip: Visit the turtle nesting ground of Talang-Talang Besar


A final opportunity to see Borneo’s unique wildlife has been added to the official field trips for the 5th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC5). Bespoke for conference delegates is an opportunity for a TWO DAY visit to Sarawak’s most important turtle conservation site.

figure1.pngThe field trip will take place on the tiny island of Talang-Talang Besar, 7 kilometers offshore of Borneo’s North Coast (Source: Google Maps).

This field trip allows participants an up close and personal experience with marine animals which are on the brink of extinction. Volunteers get the chance to actively participate hands on in turtle conservation work at the uninhabited Talang-Talang Besar Island in the Talang-Satang National Park, Sarawak’s first marine protected area. Participants will join a team of dedicated local professionals in their efforts to save the turtles. The conservation program aims to create awareness and to impart knowledge on the importance of sea turtle protection.

figure2.pngThe turtle nesting site on Talang-Talang Besar and the ranger station where you will be staying (Source: Sarawak Forestry).

Visitation to the turtle nesting site is highly restricted. Only a set of slots per year are provided by the Sarawak Forestry Corporation during nesting season, running from the months of May to September. This is a very special opportunity. Sign up quick on your IMCC5 registration form* before the field trip becomes fully booked!

(*If you have already registered you can still log back in and add this trip. If you need to cancel a different field trip to attend this one please email us).

figure3.jpgA green turtle nesting on Talang-Talang Besar (Source: Sarawak Forestry)

The field trip is inclusive of full board meals as indicated in detailed program (below), transfers, Boat Fees, Entrance Fees, Basic accommodation at Ranger Facilities, English Speaking Guide. The sum of RM300 per person included in the package will go directly to the conservation fund. The field trip is also listed on the IMCC website.

figure4.pngTurtle hatchlings on Talang-Talang Besar (Source: Sarawak Tourism)

Talang Talang Turtle Conservation Program – Field Trip (2 Days, 1 Night)

Day 1 – June 30

Pick up at 8 am from Kuching for a 1.5hrs transfer to the quaint town of Sematan.
Upon arrival at TT Island:

i.                    Welcoming/safety briefing & registration for the program  – mid-morning
ii.                   Lunch break
iii.                  Turtle conservation activities (afternoon till evening)

Day 2 – July 1
Before leaving the island:

i.                    Turtle adoption certificate presentation ceremony (early morning)
ii.                   Depart the island (mid-morning)

Transfer to Kuching to arrive close to midday.



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