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Lang Tengah Turtle Watch

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Pulau Lang Tengah, Malaysia
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About Lang Tengah Turtle Watch
Lang Tengah Turtle Watch is a private, not-for-profit volunteering organisation located on Turtle Bay, Lang Tengah. It specialises in protecting the nesting population of Green and Hawksbill Turtles on the island by incubating their eggs in the safe sands of Turtle Bay. Volunteers can join the project from 560 MYR per week.
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Olivier M wrote a review Jul 2020
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia30 contributions8 helpful votes
If you are lucky, you can see at night a turtle did a hike to deliver its eggs. 55 to 60 days later, the new turtle will rush to the sea. The center has dedicated volunteer trying to save the turtle and protect the eggs from local that may sell them as delicacy.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Minnie wrote a review Sep 2019
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The 2 weeks I spent volunteering with LTTW were some of the best weeks of my life. Living in a simplistic camp in the jungle just behind the beach was the perfect escape and provided a peaceful and laid back atmosphere. We spent our days collecting data on marine wildlife such as black tip reef sharks, snorkeling and scuba diving to carry out research and reef cleans, learning about the importance of protecting marine ecosystems, jumping off of cliffs into the crystal clear waters, jungle trekking and generally having lots of fun! At night we would be on shifts patrolling the beaches on the island for nesting mothers and on occasions where they came ashore, collecting data and relocating certain nests. We would also ensure that the nesting mothers, as well as hatchlings emerging from nests, weren't disturbed by people on the island. Experiencing these natural occurrences, as well as other beautiful parts of the natural world, was just super special. It was a once in a lifetime experience made even more special by the amazing group of people I spent my time there with, and I really hope I get the opportunity to visit again in the future.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Mollie J wrote a review Sep 2019
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We had the pleasure of staying on the beautiful island of Lang tenga for two weeks... where do I begin? WOW the island is breath taking some of the most beautiful untouched beaches in the world with hardly any tourists. Camp life LTTW camp life is very rustic but is all part of the charm and should never change !! The volunteers are given daily chores for example cooking or washing up raking the leaves out of camp or putting solar panels out to charge the lights for the evening. (Hardly chores but necessities for camp life). The sleeping arrangement is a little hut with camp beds and mozzie nets. I personally found the sleeping arrangements quite difficult as I have the biggest fear of spiders/bugs and once it’s dark I couldn’t see anything so we decided to sleep in D,coconuts just for peace of mind. The turtle program Wow WOW WOW!! After an educational introduction into turtles on the first day we were told what was expected and how we will be helping to hopefully increase the population of turtles. Shocking to hear that only 1 in 1000 hatchlings only make it and due to humans and the ever growing environmental issues (pollution etc) this has now risen to 1 in 10,000!! This program has never been so important !! Evening patrols were split between the group to search for mother turtles laying eggs. We were so lucky to witness lots of mothers coming up on multiple beaches to lay eggs. Our job was then to make sure the eggs were in a safe place so hatchlings have the best chance of survival and away from tourists etc. The hatchlings.... we were so lucky to see two mass emerges of 122 and 72 hatchlings going in to the sea to start their journey in life!! It’s absolutely breath taking to see the little guys running into the sea!! Free time Around the island there are lots to do ... if you can dive the program has a brilliant relationship with summerbay who is a resort on the other side of the island and often go out diving every other day. You can also eat her and they sell the best pineapple rice and cheesecake!! You can always go snorkelling!! There are so many fish to see and as soon as we arrived we got word of a baby whale shark close so we went straight out to find her !! There is also a coral program running with the turtle watch which I believe is equally as important after we heard a talk about coral and the eco systems that live with in a coral reef and it was so educational. We were not really into snorkelling but we were very happy to chill in the sun and swim in the sea and never made to do anything we didn’t want too. There is also an epic cliff jump followed by a brill snorkelling point on the other side of the island!! The staff Camp leader Lou- what a brilliant leader... she was so welcoming and 100% team player making sure we made the most out of our two weeks. Always putting us first in regards to witnessing turtle experiences. Her knowledge on the ocean and animals in it is amazing!! Jillian- you little charmer!! You had a brilliant way with the tourists that came to Visit the camp and always provided laughs around the camp dinner table with your eye rolling and food groans when we cooked something tasty!! Gil- my fellow pirate, thank you for calm free spirit always spotting the turtles coming out of the sea and your knowledge on the coral. Alex- our NYC soul sister thank you for the endless giggles, drinks, 90s bands chats, also still can’t believe you slept with that big spider in your bed!! Your Knowledge on the reef was remarkable!! You and gill keep up the good work 🙌🏽. Finally I would like to the thank LTTW for the once in a lifetime experiences which I will never forget !! I would 100% recommend this program to anyone there are so much more I could write about but the above is just an insight. Thank you LTTW keep up the amazing work!!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Kiri F wrote a review Sep 2019
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One word.... WOW! We spent 2 weeks with LTTW during August and i was the most incredible 2 weeks and more then we could have expected! We arrived at the island and was met by Lou the camp manager and Julian an intern and we instantly felt at ease and welcomed to camp! We even arrived to a cup of tea 🙌🏻 Perfect! Daily activities include camp chores such as cooking and collecting wood and water and beach cleans, daily snorkel, diving, cliff jumping, nest checks, post hatch inspections, DIY, night patrols and trips to the other local beaches however if you are not comfortable carrying out any tasks/activities then you really are not pressured in to doing so! I would recommend that you have a good level of fitness as there is quite abit of walking involved for the night patrols. It was really nice that the staff here also get involved with all the volunteers when carrying out tasks/activities aswell 👍🏼 We got the chance to see plenty of mother turtles coming up to the beaches to lay their eggs and also baby hatchlings emerging and the staff got all the volunteers heavily involved with all of this which was the highlight of the whole trip! When turtles came up to the beach All the staff would go out their way to ensure that the volunteers could sit and watch the turtles whilst they went and carried out patrols on other beaches which meant so much to us 🙌🏻 The whole group of volunteers also made our stay an unforgettable one and I feel the group your with also has a massive impact on the experience you will have so I would recommend anyone going to go with an open mind, relax and have fun! Before we went I expected the food to be very basic as there is no fridge etc however I couldn’t of been more wrong, all the volunteers and staff cook each meal and it’s some of the best food Iv eaten and there is always tons of food you defiantly won’t be hungry, all the food is vegetarian however if you don’t like something or want something different the food at the other beaches is also unreal! We went on group nights out and ate at other beaches together which was also so nice! There is a daily schedule for everyone including talks about sharks, corals and marine impact etc which was just the best, Lou, Julian and Alex were so knowledgable and we learnt so much from them ❤️🐢 All the staff do an amazing job and have so much passion for their work- massive thank you to Lou, Alex and Julian for making our stay at Lang tengah an unforgettable one, keep up the good work you absolute gems 🙌🏻
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Date of experience: August 2019
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kajsa wrote a review Aug 2019
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia13 contributions1 helpful vote
lang tengah turtle watch has been inspiring. l learned a great deal abou tsea turtles and why they are endangered. one person who was at least the most inspiring person l have ever met was chelsea sorry if l spelled it wrongly :)
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Date of experience: August 2019
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