Tropical Research Conservation Centre

Volunteer with marine biologists

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What we say: 4 stars

Located on isolated Pom Pom Island, the TRCC is run by scientists and staffed by volunteers – you could be one. Volunteers live in fan-cooled tents on a beach and work on conservation projects like coral planting, monitoring sea turtle eggs and biodiversity surveys.

There are plenty of opportunities for snorkelling and scuba diving, and volunteers who stay for two weeks or more can complete PADI courses or earn college credit. The minimum stay is four days at a cost of 1,280 ringgit.

Visit the TRCC website for in-depth details about their different projects and the associated cost. It's not cheap, but likely to be an amazing experience. (We did not inspect this place in person.)

Last updated: 9th February, 2013

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