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Turtle Conservation Papua New Guinea

Travel to Papua New Guinea, one of the last adventure frontiers in the world. Experience the culture of PNG staying at magical Lissenung Island, where you will take part in marine and turtle conservation. Make a difference and help local tribes and the dedicated team from the Lissenung Island Turtle Conservation protect turtle species for future generations.

The local landowners and the Lissenung Island Turtle Conservation team have passionately dedicated their time, energy and funds to ensure turtle nests in the area are protected from poachers and other natural causes that threaten the successful hatching of nests. Their efforts see a turtle hatching success rate of over 95% each year, with valuable data collected and sent to Conservation organisations in Australia and beyond. This data is invaluable to turtle researchers, and provides groundbreaking information on turtle numbers, species, migratory patterns, feeding grounds and more.

As a turtle conservation volunteer, your tasks will consist of assisting the conservation team in the daily scanning for new nests, relocation, data collection as well as hatchlings. In addition to helping in the protection of turtles, you will undertake Coral Watch surveys while snorkeling daily at locations to be determined. Coral Watch surveys monitor the state of coral and provide data to Coral Watch, a non-profit organization established at Brisbane University. Coral Watch provides hands-on monitoring and education tools to increase awareness of reef threats and encourages behaviour to change towards a sustainable, low-carbon future.

While staying at Lissenung, you will have access to some of the best surfing and scuba diving PNG has to offer. Relax in your free time and surf uncrowded spots, snorkel or dive pristine reefs.

It is feared certain species of turtle will be extinct by 2030. Your support of this project will be a small step to saving turtles, allowing future generations to enjoy the presence of this beautiful species as well as providing an insight into the health of the reef around the small islands of Kavieng.


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Fun Facts about the Lissenung Island Turtle Conservation program:

  • Over 90% of the nests are from Hawksbill Turtles , while the remaining nests are from Green Turtles;
  • Nesting season is mid-September through to mid-February;
  • Turtles usually hatch after 57 – 58 days on average;
  • A random sample of eggs (usually around 10) are weighed and measured for data;
  • Live hatchlings are counted and reconciled to match the number of eggs;
  • A random sample of hatchlings (usually around 10) is weighed and measured for data;
  • When hatchlings are released the island staff brings local school kids over to assist with the release as this is the best way to educate locals about the need for turtle conservation. While the kids are on the island they are educated about about environmental protection, overfishing and ocean pollution, including plastic, balloons etc. 

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Turtle Conservation Program 


PRICE: From AUD$2390 Per Person (based on 2 persons traveling together)

Single Supplement: AUD$250

Program dates: on demand from November to February

Price includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation in budget bungalows, twin-share with share facilities
  • 3 meals per day
  • Drinking water
  • Return airport transfers
  • All volunteer participation fees
  • Conservation program participant certificate and t-shirt
  • Coordination and assistance by No Limit Adventures

Turtle Conservation Papua New Guinea Volunteer Tasks:

  • Daily scanning of the local area for new turtle nests. Area includes local islands as well as Lissenung.
  • Relocation of nest(s) if found – under strict supervision, full instructions provided
  • Assistance in record and data collection/ keeping
  • Daily hands on assistance with maintenance on the island
  • Assistance in tagging turtles (under strict supervision)
  • Daily Coral Watch surveys around the house reef monitoring coral health while snorkeling
  • Beach clean-ups at local islands Ral and Edmago
  • Cultural exchange: meet with local kids and talk about your home country, traditions and ways you and your community dispose of your rubbish e.g. Recycling.

Contact us for availability and more details.

Interested in other marine conservation opportunities? Learn more about our Marine Conservation program on the Great Barrier Reef.