Sekayu Waterfall & Terrapin Conservation Centre Day Trip ~ ex-Kuala Terengganu , Terengganu Malaysia

Tour Description

About River Terrapins (tuntung sungai)

Common name: River terrapin

Scientific name: Batagur affinis

Local Malaysian name: Tuntung sungai

Conservation status: Listed as critically endangered in the 2009 IUCN Red List and in CITES Appendix I

Adult female shell length: 47 – 60 cm

Adult female body weight: 15 – 35 kg

Food: Adults are mainly herbivorous, feeding on mangrove apple (Sonneratia sp.), sedges (Scleria sp.), screw pine (Pandanus sp.), Colocasia (Ficus sp.) and water hyacinth (Eichornia crassipes)

Range: Tidal portions of major rivers in southern Thailand, Cambodia, Peninsuar Malaysia

Nesting sites in Malaysia: Terengganu (Terengganu, Dungun, Besut, Setiu-Chalok, Kerteh, Kemaman rivers), Kedah river systems, Perak river systems and Pahang river systems

Characteristics: Upturned snout, four front claws

Sexual dimorphism: Adult males are smaller than adult females. During the nesting season, the male’s head, neck and feet turn jet black and the iris changes from creamish to white in colour

Nesting season: Mid-January – mid-March

Number of nests deposited per individual per season: Typically one nest, with very few depositing two, three and four nests

Inter-nesting interval (interval between each nesting): P. N. Chen who monitored nesting activity in Pasir Pok Yok in the Kemaman River from 2011 to 2015 found females re-nesting between one and 11 days. Mean inter-nesting interval is 3.5 days.

Number of eggs per nest: Range of 9 – 30, average of 25

Incubation duration: Between 60 – 92 days for in-situ nests

Hatchling shell length: 5.2 – 8.4 cm

Hatchling body weight: 60 – 89 g

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Bukit Paloh & Sekayu, Terengganu

Minimum no. of Persons


Place of Departure

Kuala Terengganu (unless otherwise specified)

Trip Availability


Sekayu Waterfall & Terrapin Conservation Centre Day Trip


(Min No. of Pax)
Redang Island Day Trip (2 pax)

* Inclusive :

* Picnic lunch

* Transportation

* Driver cum guide (SPEAK BASIC ENGLISH ONLY)

* Note :

* Tour above minimum 2 Adults. (SIC Basis)

* Children below 12 years old RM 119.00 per child.

* English Speaking guide can be arrange with additional chargers

* Return transfer Tanjung Jara add RM 70.00 per adult and RM 50.00 per child

* Above rate are subject to change on fuel chargers without prior notice.

* Surcharge RM 100 per person during Hari Raya Aidilfitri & Chinese New Year. (01st & 02nd Day)

Sample Itinerary

11:00am - Transfer from Kuala Terengganu to Terrapin Conservation Centre ( Batagur baska is a species of riverine turtle) at Bukit Paloh located on the bank of the Terengganu river. Some 1,300 eggs are collected from three conservation sites between January and April every year. The centre keeps about 1,350 animals at any one time and releases an average of 600 each year. Since the programme started, about 10,000 young river terrapins have been successfully released into the Terengganu River.

12:00nn - Depart to Sekayu, Walk along the tropical fruit trees (durian, ciku, duku, rambutan, jambu batu, etc.) and orchid garden. (Please advice tropical fruit trees and orchid garden are seasoning)

13:00pm - Picnic Lunch

13:45pm - Trek through the tropical rain forest to the top layer of Sekayu Waterfall Surrounding by the green forest, dip in the cool water or just wander around the jungle.

16:00pm - Transfer back to Kuala Terengganu