A score of 1 reflects the lowest challenge rating and a score of 5 reflects the highest.
Physical - 4
This is a strenuous expedition that
includes multiple challenging activities on consecutive days. As well
as kayaking and trekking through the jungle, you will be involved in a
turtle conservation project that includes snorkelling and overnight
beach patrols. You will need to be mentally and physically prepared.
You’ll be kayaking for two days, covering a distance of 22km.
You will have the flexibility of creating more or less of a physical
challenge for yourself as you’ll be able to choose between a double or
single sit on top kayak.
You will be trekking short distances
through the jungle. The jungle is very challenging terrain and you will
need to pay close attention to your footing.
During your night patrols you could be walking up to 10km on soft sand, this will be challenging, and you should ensure you can comfortably walk 10km on uneven terrain prior to your arrival in Malaysia.
You’ll want to make sure you have a good
level of sprint endurance as you’ll take part in beach games with the
local children, they’re full of energy and will test even the fittest of
You will be spending a lot of time in the
sea taking part in turtle surveys, you should be a confident swimmer
and someone who feels relaxed and calm in the water.
You should think about the environmental
factors and how this will impact on the above points, if you feel fit
enough to undertake these activities in the UK, make sure you’re fit
enough to do them twice, 80% humidity makes work very difficult.
Cultural - 3
Malaysia is home to a vibrant mix of Asian cultures, with each ethnic group having its own language and cultural practices. This is demonstrated by the many varieties of cuisines and huge difference in landscapes and lifestyles that are adopted by the locals, ranging from traditional living in primary jungle, through to modern lifestyles in cities at the forefront of development.
Environmental - 3
Malaysia maintains high temperatures all year around, although during your itinerary you can cool off when kayaking in the jungle and enjoy lower temperatures around the coast. Total rainfall is lower than neighbouring countries, resulting in an infrastructure that is less widely affected by inclement weather and life in rural areas is likely to be more manageable.