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Unwind in Paradise: Discover the Best of Desaru’s Beaches & Beyond

Unwind in Paradise: Discover the Best of Desaru’s Beaches & Beyond

Most people think of Johor Bahru as the first thing that comes to mind when they think of Johor. However, did you know that a lovely tiny town named Desaru is only an hour’s drive from JB?

This hidden gem is located along the state’s beautiful east coast, and it’s the perfect destination for a weekend getaway!

Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark

Get your swimsuits on, and release that inner child in you for the ultimate thrilling experience you’re going to have here in this park – even if you’re a grown-up!
One of the many thrilling rides you can enjoy at Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark is The Tempest. Brace yourself for an exhilarating ride as you slide down a 55ft-long tube and funnel, before being launched out onto a 24ft drop and whirled around on a float.
Hang on tight to the float handles as you spin around at lightning-fast speeds in every direction imaginable. It’s an experience you won’t forget in a hurry!
Contact: +603-2203 9696 | Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark website
Operating hours: 10 AM – 6 PM, Daily
Address: Persiaran Pantai, Desaru Coast, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia
 
Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark

Desaru Beach

No resort vacation is complete without a fun-filled day at the beach, and Desaru Beach is the perfect spot for soaking up the sun and enjoying some leisurely beach activities. But there’s more to this beach than just sand and waves – during low tide, you can explore the fascinating marine life and discover unique creatures like starfishes and barnacles with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. Book here if you’re interested in Desaru Beach and Tide Pool walking tour!

If you’re feeling more adventurous, Desaru Beach also offers a range of exciting water sports activities that will get your heart racing. Head to the beach behind the Westin hotel, where Dash Outdoors provides a variety of water sports options, including stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, and thrilling towed rides like Banana Boat. It’s the perfect way to spend an active day at the beach!
Address: 81600 Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia
Desaru Beach

Desaru Ostrich Farm

Did you know that ostriches lay the biggest eggs on Earth? If you’re curious to see these massive eggs hatch, head to Desaru Ostrich Farm where you’ll find over 200 ostriches roaming around.

Not only can you get up close to these fascinating creatures, but you can also learn fun facts from the friendly tour guides on site. Don’t forget to try out some ostrich-themed dishes like omelettes, bak kut teh, and even teppanyaki at the farm’s restaurant!
Rates: RM20/adult | RM15/child
Contact: +60 7-826 5846 | Desaru Ostrich Farm website
Opening Hours: 10 AM – 6PM, Daily
Address: Jalan Telok Ramunia, Kampung Changi, 81600 Pengerang, Johor, Malaysia
Desaru Ostrich Farm

An Abandoned Jetty

There’s always this little inner adventurer side to us – to explore off the beaten path. Here, go on an adventure with Sungai Rengit Jetty, an abandoned treasure that’s perfect for snapping IG-worthy shots.

This charming relic, situated in a scenic fishing village just an hour’s drive from the city, is a must-see. While you’re there, don’t miss the chance to indulge in some delicious seafood at Jade Garden Seafood Corner, where you’ll be treated to the freshest catches around. It’s the perfect way to cap off your exciting day trip!
Contact: +6017-794 5695 | Jade Garden Seafood Corner website
Opening Hours: 9 AM – 5PM, Daily
Address: 90, 81600 Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia
An Abandoned Jetty

Sea Horizons Resort

Who says camping can’t be comfortable? At Sea Horizons Resort, a luxurious glamping experience awaits just a 50-minute drive from Desaru. With comfortable beds, air conditioning, and private bathrooms, you’ll be getting a hotel-tier experience that’s a step up from typical camping trips.

But that’s not all – from thrilling ATV rides (RM90/30 minutes) to serene kayaking (RM10/pax), there are plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to keep you active throughout your stay.
Nature lovers can even explore the Dinosaur Trail, which features an underwater volcano formed millions of years ago. And don’t forget to bring your breakfast to the balcony to enjoy the stunning seaside views!
Book your next staycation at Sea Horizons Resort.
Rates: From RM700/night, for the Stargazer Dome Suite
Contact: +6016-720 0399 | Sea Horizons Resort website
Address: Lot 901, Kuala Sedili Besar, 81900 Kota Tinggi, Johor, Malaysia
sea horizons resort In Desaru

Kota Tinggi Firefly Park

Experience the magic of fireflies at Kota Tinggi Firefly Park! Board a boat and be prepared to be awed by the mesmerizing sight of thousands of fireflies lighting up the entire stream of Johor River. It’s like stepping into a fairy tale come to life!
Better yet, make your own lanterns to add a personal touch to your visit. Scribble down your heart’s desires, light up your lantern, and watch it take flight into the night sky like Taiwan’s ritual of lighting up lanterns in Shifen. Who knows, your wishes might just come true.
Don’t miss out on this enchanting experience and book your Firefly River Cruise Experience at Kota Tinggi Firefly Park.
Opening Hours: 1 PM – 11 PM, Daily
Contact: Kota Tinggi Firefly Park website
Address: Jalan Kota Tinggi, 81900 Kota Tinggi, Johor, Malaysia
firefly park in kota tinggi
If you’re seeking a break from the hustle and bustle of city life, Desaru is the ideal destination to unwind and relax with your loved ones.
You can explore the natural beauty and indulge in a wide range of thrilling activities that will leave you feeling refreshed and energised.
After a fun-filled day, pamper yourself at one of the many luxurious resorts, such as The Westin and Hard Rock Hotel, for a well-deserved rest!

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