Ecofieldtrips takes student groups to a range of exciting locations across Southeast Asia. Click the links below to learn more about what each of our trip locations has to offer.
Tioman Island, Malaysia
Tioman Island is located in one of the most outstanding areas of marine biodiversity in the world. Under the guidance of qualified and experienced biologists, students are introduced to the island's ecosystems and wildlife. Students will get a hands on experience, learning about coastal and ecological processes whilst increasing their awareness of environmental issues. Tioman is teeming with life and home to many endemic species such as the soft-shelled turtle and the Tioman walking catfish, which is found nowhere else in the world. This makes Tioman the ideal retreat for immersing students into the outdoors, fulfilling the academic requirements of the school whilst equipping students with positive attitudes towards the natural world.
Tioman is situated off the east coast of Malaysia, just a half-day coach and ferry journey from Singapore. We stay in one of two comfortable resorts, with our first choice being Melina Beach Resort as it has its very own private beach and seashore. The resort is perfectly situated directly between rainforest and fringing coral reef, allowing students to explore the richness of life in two of the most unique ecosystems on the planet.
Bali is a haven for anyone interested in conservation, culture and adventure. Students will live in a traditional kampong village experiencing the hospitality of Hindu culture whilst exploring the diversity of the Balinese countryside. Nestled between the natural setting of forests and streams there are traditional villages, rice fields and temples, all of which the students will explore whilst learning about the local culture, flora and fauna.
Students will stay in exclusive accommodation outside of Bali's busy tourist area so they can experience true Balinese culture. From this base we will explore the landscape, trekking through paddy-fields, plantations and volcanoes. Students will indulge in 'Kampong' (village) life with traditional activities and explore the effects tourism has had on the islands ecosystems and infrastructure.
Ecofieldtrips have a longstanding relationship with LINI, a marine conservation organisation that works with marginalised coastal communities in Bali. A highlight of a trip to bali is volunteering with LINI, getting hands on with a coral reef reconstruction project. You will be involved in the whole process including the creation and deployment snorkel to see your structure in its new habitat.
The diverse and multicultural island nation of Sri Lanka is a wonderful mix of culture, adventure and awe inspiring scenery. Sri Lanka is still relatively untouched by tourists, making for an unforgettable time exploring the islands many highlights. Students will go on an adventure of a lifetime travelling between palm-studded beaches, picturesque highlands and culturally steeped villages. They will get a real taste of Sri Lankan wildlife, residing in their safari camp home - Ruhunu Safari Camping, situated in the buffer zone of Yala National Park, Sri Lanka's second largest national park. The safari-style tents are scattered throughout the scrubland, giving students the feeling of being deep in the wilderness, from the comfort and safety of a luxury camp: a unique experience that enhances their Sri Lankan safari adventure.
The Maldives is a tropical paradise made up of 1000 coral islands lying between the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. With its crystal clear waters, white sand beaches and diverse marine life, it has become one of the world's premier diving destinations. The remarkable geography of the Maldives, with its chain of atolls, makes it a truly unique destination. From small, brightly coloured fish to gentle giants like manta rays and whale sharks, the coral reefs offer something for everyone to enjoy regardless of their previous diving experience. Ecofieldtrips is proud to work alongside Manta Trust to collect valuable information contributing to the longest continuously running manta ray research project in the world.
With an incredibly rich history, huge diversity of cultures and varying landscapes, Ipoh is the ideal place for students to learn first-hand the processes of changing cultures and how this effects the environment. Set to a backdrop of gigantic limestone karsts, historical colonial buildings, lush rainforests and oil-palm plantations, Ipoh has a lot to offer.
Based at eco-resort The Roots, students on this fieldtrip will experience cultural integration like never before and see first-hand how ecosystems change, adapt or disintegrate as a result of human modification. Lead by our experienced biologists, students will engage in a variety of activities that will bring the history of this once prosperous state to life.
Sedili Besar, Malaysia
Sedili Besar is a small village on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, only a 90-minute coach ride from Johor Bahru and just over four hours from Kuala Lumpur. This quaint village relies predominantly on fishing and maintains a strong cultural and traditional identity.
At the edge of the village, Tanjung Sutera Resort provides excellent trip accommodation. With comfortable air-conditioned rooms, a swimming pool and a large restaurant, it is possible to comfortably accommodate a wide variety of group sizes. Views from the resort are spectacular, overlooking offshore islands.
In the Andaman Sea on the north-western shore of Malaysia is an archipelago of 99 islands known as Langkawi. This group of islands is blessed with lush rainforest covered mountains, scenic waterfalls, ancient mangrove forests, white sand beaches and coral reefs teeming with life.
The Langkawi rainforest itself dates back to the Cambrian period more than half a billion years ago. These diverse habitats make the UNESCO Geo-park an ideal setting for students to reconnect with nature. On this programme, students will engage in a variety of outdoor-adventure activities that fully immerse them in Langkawi's natural heritage and challenge them to step out of their comfort zones.
Considered the heart of Southeast Asia, this small island country off the tip of Peninsular Malaysia has a rich blend of fascinating history and cultures. Singapore's short yet diverse history is a story that covers British colonialism, war, invasion, trade, civil unrest, multiculturalism, globalisation and more. Famous for its clean and safe streets, Singapore is the ideal place for students to learn about Asia, explore a charming blend of cultures and religions, and unravel the stories of Singapore's past. From primary rainforests and humble fishing markets to modern skyscrapers; a visit to Singapore is always a memorable addition to any field trip.
Known to locals as the mother city of South Africa - Cape Town is a rich cultural hub of activity. Nestled below the majestic Table Mountain on the southwest coast of Africa, students will be immersed into capetonian culture through guided walks, traditional activities and local enrichment projects. World renowned for spectacular views, prominent geographical features, and spectacular wildlife featuring the ‘big five’, Cape Town is a hotspot for nature enthusiasts. Students will experience the rich mix of biodiversity the region has to offer, including seagrass snorkeling with the endangered African Jackass penguin and visiting one of the most prominent cheetah rehabilitation centres in the world.
Boasting eight of the ten highest peaks in the world, Nepal is unrivaled as the world’s most unique destination for trekking and hiking. From Hindus in the lowlands to Buddhists high in the mountains, the atmosphere is steeped with profound cultural influence. With breathtaking natural beauty and deep cultural roots, many have been known to journey through Nepal looking for spiritual enlightenment. Ecofieldtrips has partnered with Vedic Arogya Ashram to create an innovative trip - a spiritual and natural immersion into Nepal. The trip encompasses yoga, meditation, enrichment projects, cultural activities and guided wilderness treks to ensure students come away re-balanced and inspired by Nepal.