Turtle Conservation Papua New Guinea

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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.


Join our turtle conservation program and help save the turtles.


Program dates: November to February

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PRICE: From AUD$2190 Per Person (based on 2 persons traveling together)

Single Supplement: AUD$350


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.