Pulau Talang Besar and Pulau Talang Kecil are located 30 minutes offshore from Sematan in Southwest Sarawak. These tiny islands serve as sanctuaries for Green and Hawksbill Turtles. Over 90% of turtle landings are from Green Turtles. The islands are Sarawak’s most important turtle conservation site and are part of the Talang Satang National Park. Talang-Satang was gazetted in 1999 and covers an area of 19,414 hectares. Owing to their small size and fragile environment, the Talang Talang Islands have not been developed for tourism. Instead the government’s emphasis has been on turtle conservation.
Conservation efforts began in the 1940’s and continue today. Park rangers monitor the beaches, record turtle landings, nests, number of eggs and hatchlings. There are turtle hatcheries on both of the islands. A turtle volunteer programme on Pulau Talang Besar offers visitors the chance to participate in Sarawak’s turtle conservation efforts.