Cherating - Pahang Malaysia

Cherating is located about 45minutes drive from Kuantan. Once a popular beach with hippies and backpackers, Cherating's thunder has somewhat been taken by the islands that have opened up to tourism in recent years such as Pulau Perhentian, Pulau Redang and Pulau Lang Tengah. But when it comes to public holidays and festive seasons ~ all the resorts, hotels, motels and apartments along the famous Cherating stretch are booked up way in advance. Catering to the local holiday makers during these occasions and also the extreme sports enthusiasts during the high waves of the monsoon season (November until February), Cherating is by no means a has-been holiday town.

The backpacker huts, bars and pubs remain in business - although not as crowded as it was before in the 80's but many expatriates gravitate towards the area during long weekends of partying or just to chill out.

There have been a fair number of big resorts sprouting up over the decade that have taken up good stretches of the beach but there remains nice, clean stretched where the surfing community swirls up a pretty good time...

For those wanting to visit the fireflies along the river at night, you can just drop by at hafiz's firefly tour office or make a booking at . Closed on Mondays.

For a more rewarding stay at Cherating and if you wish to, you can volunteer at Rimbun Dahan Hatchery which is, located near one of the largest sea turtle nesting populations in Peninsular Malaysia.

Help save sea turtles near to Cherating

The beaches near to Cherating and Kemaman, are popular tourist destinations in Malaysia and are home to some of the largest nesting sea turtle colonies in Peninsular Malaysia with over 1000 nests per year being laid at Pantai Mat Nik alone. This programme supports the work of turtle ‘godfather’ Pak Su and his hatchery at Rimbun Dahan. You will help manage the hatchery as well as educate tourists about ethical sea turtle watching. This programme is great for all budding young marine conservation enthusiasts.

Volunteer Package Cost

International Volunteers

Min Duration of 1 week

1 week MYR 1,400 Approx GBP250

2 weeks MYR 2,256 Approx GBP450

3 weeks MYR 3,100 Approx GBP620

Malaysian Volunteers

1 week MYR 900

2 weeks MYR 1,755

3 weeks MYR 2,210

4 weeks MYR 2,600

Cost includes:


Mixed sex Dormitory accommodation with western toilet.

Pick up from Chukai Bus station, Kemaman.

Minimum 5 overnight turtle watches per week.

Excludes: Travel to/from Chukia Bus Station; Insurance

5 Easy Steps to Book Your Turtle Adventure:

1) Contact us here with your initial inquiry – tell us about yourself and the project you would like to join.

2) You will receive an e-mail with more information and the application form to complete.

3) On receipt of your application we will confirm your reservation and inform you how to make your deposit payment. Your reservation will be held for 2 weeks, after which it will be cancelled automatically if no deposit is received.

4) Please allow a minimum of 3 weeks for us to process your application and payment.

5) Full payment is required no later than 1 month before departure. You may pay online by credit card or a direct transfer to our account.

It’s that Simple! Once your deposit has been paid you will receive our Know Before You Go guide, which is packed full of useful information about your project and general tips to prepare you for volunteering.

Cancellation Policy

a. Cancellation of reservation must be made in writing to avoid any misunderstanding. If the company receives notice to cancel 30 days or more before the date of departure, a minimum administrative fee of RM100.00 or 10% of the tour deposit (whichever is lower) per person will be levied.

b. If notice of the cancellation is received 29 days or less before the date of departure the following charges will apply:

c. 15 – 29 working days before the date of departure = 50% of deposit

8 – 14 working days before the date of departure = 20% of FULL COST

3 – 7 working days before the date of departure = 40% of FULL COST

2 working days or less before the date of departure = 100% of FULL COST