Green Activity

Save Many Marine Life with Your Two Small Hands

Prachuap Khiri Khan

Save Many Marine Life with Your Two Small Hands
Ko Thalu, Amphoe Bang Saphan Noi, Prachuap Khiri Khan
The marine world at Ko Thalu is truly a wonder of nature,and it would be a total loss if these resources are not appreciated and preserved to bear witness for future generations. 
Nestled in the midst of crystal clear waters not far from the coast of Prachuap Khiri Khan, Ko Thalu is an idyllic island with an abundance of magnificent coral reefs and marine creatures. The endangered hawksbill sea turtles can also be found here,as they make Ko Thalu the location of their nesting sites. TheSiam Marine Rehabilitation Foundation was established to conserve the marine resources of Ko Thalu and raise awareness of the best practices for sustainable coastal ecosystem management. The Foundationconsists of many conservation projects, but the main focus is on the restoration of the coral reefsand seaturtle conservation.
The coral reefs providehome to several species of marine life and offera wonderful opportunity for snorkellers and divers to enjoy observing the abundant marine treasures beneath the turquoise seawater of Ko Thalu. Volunteers help restoring and rehabilitating the corals by making artificial coral reefs,and divers can also help by placing them along with the natural coral reefs. Sea turtle conservation activities, on the other hand, increase the survival rate of the hawksbill sea turtle, which is in danger of extinction. Visitors to Ko Thalu can contribute in protecting, raising, and taking care of the turtles, the hatchlings, and the eggs. Once it is certain the turtles are strong enough to survive on their own in the nature, volunteers then can help releasethem to the ocean.
A trip to Ko Thalu will undeniablybe a miraculous experience, as visitors will get to explore the variety of thenatural beauty and gain immense satisfaction from having made a valuable contribution in conserving the marine wilderness.
ABOUT Sea Turtle’s Nesting Process
The femalehawksbill sea turtle ascends the beach at night to lay eggs at the chosen site, where it is quiet with no lights and humans. The turtle uses her flippers to dig a body pit and egg chamber around 50 centimetres deep, and begins laying eggs. When the clutch (number of eggs laid in the nest, which is usually around 70-150 eggs in a nest) is complete, the turtle uses her flippers to cover the chamber properly to conceal the eggs from predators before returning to the sea. At Ko Thalu, the hawskbill sea turtle nests around 4 times per season, which is around 15 days apart and the nesting period is between July and September.

The Siam Marine Rehabilitation Foundation has initiated the “Bang Saphan Captain Project” to create awareness among the local children of the importance of marine conservation. The campaign focuses on getting the students from the local schools to be interested and actively involved in conserving the environment through fun activities at Ko Thalu. The Foundation aims to provide aninspiration, learning experience, and enjoyment for the youth with thehope that they will continue with the conservation efforts and share their understandingwith their families and friends. 

Improve the Hawksbill Sea Turtle Nesting Site
The nesting site at Ko Thalu is on the beach where thesea turtle has to crawl pass the rocks to the dry sand dune. Volunteers can help protectthe turtle’s flippers from getting cut by the rocks by digging a hole around 3 metres long, 3 metres wide, and 70 centimetres deep to remove the rocks from the site. Then cover the hole with sand so when the turtle comes to lay the eggs, they caneasily dig the body pit and egg chamber without hurting their flippers.
Recommended time of visit: June
Take Care of the Sea Turtles in the Nursery
Once the eggs have been laid, the staff will move the eggs from the nesting site to a secured location where the eggs will hatch. The hatchlings are then brought to the tank at the nursery to be taken care of until they are ready to be released. The turtles and hatchlings eat once a day, and the volunteers help the staff to feed them, cleantheir tanks, and scrubtheir shells to remove the algae.
Recommended time of visit: This activity can be done all year round.
Coral Reef Restoration
Volunteerscan help securethe coral branches to the artificial reef made from PVC pipes or to the dead coral reef found at the Coral Museum located to the south of the island. Volunteers who are certified divers can also participate in the process of diving to install the artificial reef on the seabed. Over the course of time, the corals will grow and expand beautifully in the sea.
Recommended time of visit: May-June

Example of aProgramme of the 2 Days 1 Night Package
Day 1
10.00 a.m.: Embark on a speedboat to Ko Thalu from the Ban Maphrao Pier.
10.30 a.m.: Check-in at the Koh Talu Island Resort.
12.00 p.m.: Lunch.
1.30 p.m.: Coral reef restoration activity.
3.00 p.m.: Snorkel to explore the beautiful corals under the water.
6.00 p.m.: Dinner.
Day 2
7.00 a.m.: Breakfast.
8.00 a.m.: Feed the turtle.
9.00 a.m.: Visit the Coral Museum or enjoy other activities on the beach.
10.30 a.m.: Clean the turtle’s tanks.
12.00 p.m.: Lunch and spend time relaxing.
2.30 p.m.: Depart Ko Thalu.
3.00 p.m.: Arrive at Ban Maphrao Pier.
Remark: The above programme is only an exampleof what is to be expected and is subject to change, depending on the weather conditions and other circumstances. 

Nearby Attractions
Hat Bang Boet
Located around 20 kilometres south of Amphoe Bang Saphan Noi, Hat Bang Boet is a 10-kilometre-long curving bay with reddish brown sandy beach. While strolling along the beach, visitors can see a beautiful view ofa red rock cliff named Pha Daeng or Fang Daeng, as well as the majestic natural sand dune.

Hat Ban Krut
A small beach town that is around 30 kilometres north of Amphoe Bang Saphan Noi, Ban Krut features a picturesque long golden beach. Across the road from the beach is lined with several restaurants and resorts.
Khao Thong Chai
Situated just over 30 kilometres from Amphoe Bang Saphan Noi, Khao Thong Chai is a mountain that serves as a great viewpoint to catch a glimpse of abeautiful sunset or sunrise over the calm seawater. Important attractions on the mountain include a giant Buddha image facing the sea named Phra Phuttha Kitti Sirichat, and a three-tiered pagoda called Phra Maha That Chedi Phakdi Prakat.There is also the KrommaluangChumphon Khet Udomsak Pavilion, an important place of worship amongst the local fishermen.
GPS:N 11° 04.634' E 99° 33.618'
Accommodation:Koh Talu Island Resort
Recommended length of stay:Minimum of 2 days and 1 night.
Prices: The 2 days 1 night package starts from 3,400 Baht per person (subject to seasonal variations). This package includes 1 night’saccommodation, full board, roundtrip transfer, snorkelling trip, and volunteer activities.
Remark: Please check with theKoh Talu Island Resort for more information on the prices.
Contact Information:
Koh Talu Island Resort
111/1 Mu 10 Tambon Bang Saphan, Amphoe Bang Saphan Noi, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77170
Tel. +668 9744 5639, +668 9918 3715