Turtles of Tanjung Keluang

Sea turtle conservation project at Tanjung Keluang.

Visit a small conservation project ran by the Indonesian Nature Conservancy Agency (local name, BKSDA), where Green turtles (Chelonia mydas) and Hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) are protected and released. The turtles lay their eggs on the picturesque peninsular of Tanjung Keluang, from March to November every year, but face many threats. These include uncontrolled tourism, mining, poaching, and natural threats from monitor lizards, large birds such as eagles, and mammals like rats.

A dedicated small team of conservationists regularly patrol the beach areas of Tanjung Keluang, protecting the area from mining, and the monitoring the turtles nests. Many eggs are safely taken to hatcheries, where they are kept safe from natural predators, until hatchlings are strong enough to release. Turtle hatchlings are normally released in the sea around the age of 2 months old.

There is an adoption program available at Tanjung Keluang, which allows you to weigh and measure a turtle, name it, then release it into the sea. When releasing a turtle, you place it on the sand with their head pointing inland. This is to imprint a memory of the beach in their mind, to enable their homing instinct when females return to Tanjung Keluang to nest later in their life. If there are no turtles of the right age available for you to release at the time of your visit, you can request to fill in your details to allow the team to release some in your name, when they are ready for release.

To reach Tanjung Keluang, you can visit in two ways. You can visit on your klotok as part of a 4 or 5 day tour to Tanjung Puting, sleeping overnight on your klotok, moored near Tanjung Keluang.

Alternatively, you can visit on a day trip from Kumai or Pangkalan Bun, taking a car to Kubu beach, then speedboat or klototok from there to Tanjung Keluang. We also offer short trips by klotok to Tanjung Keluang only, where you can be shown around the conservation programme, and can stay close by overnight on a klotok. Spending an evening in Tanjung Keluang is also very memorable, as beautiful sunsets are often seen during dinnertime! If you’re lucky, you may also get to witness the occasional glowing algae at night time!

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