5D4N Talang Satang National Park

5 Days

Sea Turtle Adoption Programme

Magnificent marine turtles are threatened species the world over. It was to protect these wonderful sea-going creatures that Sarawak created its first marine area National Park at Talang Satang.

The group of four islands has the largest concentration in Sarawak of nesting green and hawksbill turtles, which are both endangered species. The water bodies around islands are also abreeding, nursery and feeding ground for thousands of other marine species.

Though its primary purpose is conservation, like all the other National Parks, Talang Satang is open for nature tourism. Because of the sensitive nature of marine turtles and the small area of its four islands, visits to these islands are restricted. Visitors are only allowed to visit Satang Island for day trips. Land and water recreation activities are permitted indesignated areas only. At Talang-Talang Kecil & Talang-Talang Besar, only those involved in a specialized volunteer program are allowed.


Pulau Satang Besar, the largest of the islands, is open to visitors, but conservation takes priority over tourism. Parts of both the island and the surrounding sea are off-limits to visitors, who must remain within the designated area and be accompanied by Sarawak Forestry wardens at all times. Despite these very necessary restrictions, Pulau Satang Besar is a fascinating and beautiful place to visit. The turtle hatchery is the main land-based attraction, where visitors can learn all about the conservation programme.

The island itself is steep and thickly forested, and unsuitable for trekking. However, a white sand beach stretches across the entire southern side of the island. The surrounding waters are a deep emerald green with coral reefs just a short distance from the shore, which offer good snorkelling possibilities. The sea-bed slopes gradually to a depth of about 12 metres, with some attractive hard coral formations, soft corals, gorgonian sea fans and feather stars, surrounded by their attendant small fish. The colours can be fantastic, but visibility is frequently limited to between 3 and 10 metres, so only serious snorkellers and divers will see the corals at their best. Large pelagic fish are rare, but Green Turtles can occasionally be seen gliding gracefully through the water.


Arrive in the early morning in the city of Kuching. Be amazed by the tranquil lifestyle and the proud homage the locals pay to their roots, as well as the welcoming embrace of the morning tropical breeze.

After settling down, starting a short city tour from the Sarawak river bank. There will be some of the Malay vessels, or ‘sampan’ to bring you on a short but spectacular cruise along the Sarawak River bank. For a minimal fee, the tour includes the sights of various important architectural remains of the days of past. This includes two castles left during the British Colonial Days – Fort Margherita and the Astana. Both were strongholds of Charles Brooke and an important monument in Sarawak’s history. Marvel at the grandeur of the castles and their white walls, as well as their landscaped gardens.

Also, make a visit to the Square Tower, another heritage site and distinct building. The Orchid Gardens is also on the list, where one can see the marvelous state flower – the Normah Orchid. Take a walk along the Main Bazaar, which is filled to the brim with visitors, tourists and shoppers alike who are in for a good bargain. The markets sell all kinds of goods including souvenirs and foodstuff.

Depart from your hotel in Kuching to Sematan, a small upcountry town bordered by various mountain peaks. This small fishing port is situated approximately 95 km from Kuching and consists of some rows of shop-houses and a jetty in the bazaar area. Short orientation of Sematan district before your lunch at a local cafe.

After lunch, you will be transferred by boat to an island called Talang-Talang Besar (30 minutes' ride), located in the Talang-Satang National Park. The islands of Talang-Satang National Park are an important nesting site for sea turtles. Upon arrival at Talang-Talang Besar Island you will undergo a welcoming and first briefing by the park warden, followed by a "Get to know" session that will introduce you to the park's personnel and the natural surroundings. Once received the first essential information you will be left with some free time to further explore this paradise-like island or simply rest at the beach until dinner is served.

Day 3 :

After a long night, that was hopefully busy with many turtle landings and hatchings, you will be served breakfast. The morning will be free at your own leisure to relax and reenergize for your next sea turtle conservation activities.

After lunch, the park warden will give you a more detailed insight into sea turtle management at Talang-Talang Island. Later on you might join the park personnel with the beach work such as beach cleaning or hatchery maintenance. After dinner, the park warden will assign duties for the evening's activities in the park's hatcheries. Tonight you may join-in to take care of the hatchlings and execute hatchling related activities such as net tagging, measuring and other ways of recording important data concerning newly hatched turtles.

Day 4 :

Besides some data recording activities, the day time is mainly free at leisure. You may relax at the beach, swim in the crystal clear waters or snorkel nearby the island. Sometimes you may encounter sea turtles swimming around the island, waiting for nightfall in order to come on land for nesting. Dinner will be followed by the next duty allocation by the park warden and subsequent hatchery work activity comparable to the preceding evening. Tonight you will also adopt a turtle or a nest, earning a personal adoption certificate from the Sarawak Forestry, underlining your contribution towards the conservation of this endangered species.

After breakfast, it's time to say goodbye to the park rangers and newly found friends with the satisfying feeling of having contributed to a valuable conservation project.

Depart by boat back to Sematan, where you will have your lunch and transfer back to Kuching.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Airport Transportation (to and from)
  • Transportation during tour
  • Entrance Fee
  • Accommodation and meals are provided

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare and Visa Charges
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, laundry etc

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5D4N Talang Satang National Park
From RM 5,200
/ Adult