Saving Sea Turtles in Thailand

In this project, you will be volunteering your time and energy to protect endangered sea turtles in Thailand. You don’t need any special skills to be a volunteer, just enthusiasm and a willingness to lend a hand.
 Main activities will be monitoring nesting beaches in the morning, and observing the sea turtle feeding areas. Additionally you will help collect weather data, learn how to do tortoise and freshwater turtle audits, and work together with the community to raise conservation awareness among locals and visitors alike.

Requirements: 18 years of age.

What’s included in this price:

Boat transfers from/to the island
Pre-arranged volunteer placement

Vetted homestay accommodation
Three meals a day (vegetarian options available)

Drinking water

Daily transportation to the project
Pre-departure and local emergency support

Orientation and training to the field work

Volunteer information package


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What to Expect?

The Sea Turtle project has been working for 15 years (1996-2012) on Phra Thong, Ra and Kho Khao islands. The project is currently conducted in collaboration with the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC).

Since starting the project, they have had a positive response from the local community, a challenge in light of having been badly impacted by the tsunami of 2004. The project was interrupted for a season (2004 –05) and started again in January 2006 with a team working on conservation and education based at Lion Village. A regular monitoring programme of the nesting beaches and protection of all nests laid was set up in 1996. In addition, injured juveniles turtles are rescued and safely released or sent to Phuket rescue center.

Objective and scope

  • Evaluation of the status of the nesting and foraging population;
  • Applied research on marine turtle populations and their habitats, including surveys and monitoring;
  • Protect nesting females and eggs on important nesting beaches;
  • Evaluate the interaction between artisan fisheries and sea turtles
  • Strengthening of local capacity to implement conservation programs on nesting beaches;
  • Increase the knowledge about biology and conservation of marine turtles in the area and to increase the chance of survival of this endangered species involving the local community and by protecting their habitats (beach and sea);
  • Establish a positive-sustainable relationships between tourism and marine turtle conservation;
  • Conservation education and community outreach for the protection of nesting and near shore foraging populations;
  • Train foreign and Thai volunteers and students on fieldwork techniques;

Project Activities:

  • Sea turtle monitoring on the beach
  • Sea turtle behavior observation
  • Weather monitoring and data collection
  • Awareness raising
  • Community work
  • Environmental education
  • Tortoise and freshwater turtle survey*
  • Reef survey *
  • Thai lessons *
  • Mangrove Rehabilitation activities *
  • Sea grass research activities *
  • Reef and beach cleaning*

*These activities depend on the time period and availability of the staff

  • Program ID: # 2517
  • duration:
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
  • location:
    Lion's Village
    9° 6' 37.9764" N, 98° 15' 5.7204" E
  • Fitness level:
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Phuket (HKT)
  • Costs From:
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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