Desaru, a famous tourist destination In Kota Tinggi district, has the meaning of “Village of Palms”.
Surprisingly, many unspoiled and pristine areas can still be found in this developed coastal area.
The 22km stretches of beach overlooking South China Sea offers unlimited fun and tranquillity.
Famous for splendid beach, exceptional coastal resort, premier golf course and other unique attractions, it fills the vacation moments with amusement and excitement.
Many tourists find Desaru a magnet that attracts deep to their heart.
In this post, you will find all the information about Desaru, Johor.
A good travel guide for you if you plan a day trip to Desaru for your next vacation.
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How To Go To Desaru From Singapore
1. Ferry From Singapore Changi Ferry Terminal To Desaru
(Changi Ferry Terminal To Tanjung Belungkor Ferry Terminal)
One of the safest and efficient ways to arrive at Desaru is through marine transportation-ferry. Ferries plying from Singapore to Desaru are available daily at various timings. One way ticket costs SGD25 per person.
Depart from Singapre Changi ferry terminal, the ferry will send passengers to Tanjung Belungkor (Desaru) ferry Terminal. The services are exceptional and passengers will reach their destination on time.
Booking is simple and feasible for everyone. Check here: Ferry Service For Changi Ferry Terminal To/From Tanjung Belungkor for ferry schedule, ticket price and where to buy the tickets.
2. Publis Bus From Singapore To Desaru
Take advantage of public transport – public bus to go to Desaru as it offers cheap and safe ride.
From Singapore, board a bus to Johor Bahru’s Larkin Bus Terminal. You need to clear the customs twice. From there, take a bus to Bandar Penawar which costs RM8.20 per way. When you arrive at Bandar Penawar, you can either take a cab or board the minibus to Desaru. The cab costs you RM10 while minibus costs RM1.
3. Private Taxi Service From Singapore To Desaru
Car would be the best transport to get to Desaru. With the opening of Senai-Desaru Expressway, the travel time to Desaru has shortened around one hour. Better than that, you need not to worry about the transport when travel around Desaru.
To convenience the travellers, SGMYTAXI is now offering direct transportation from Singapore to Desaru. Up until now, they have been serving wide range of customers and often received positive feedbacks from their customers. Reservation can be made online at their website.
The drivers will arrive on-time at your selected location in Singapore and pick you up. After that, they will bring you to Singapore-Malaysia border for immigration clearance and finally transfer you to Desaru Johor. With SGMYTAXI.com service, you need to alight with your luggage for immigration clearance at level 2 of immigration building. No more bus hopping experience! No need to get off from the vehicle for the whole journey.
There is many things to do and attractions to see nearby Desaru. Below are the listed of attractions that you should have a visit at least once:
1. Desaru Beach
Desaru is located at the tip of the east side of peninsula Malaysia. It is located about 109km from Singapore Changi Airport via Lebuhraya Senai-desaru/E22 and 79km from Senai International Airport. It is about 1 hour and 30 minutes drive away from Singapore airport and 1 hour drive from JB Sentral.
Desaru beach at Lotus Desaru Beach Resort is the most beautiful and clean. A lot of Singaporeans travel to that resort for relaxation or leisure vacation. So, you can have a trip there anytime the whole year if you stay at Singapore.
This is a remarkable ostrich garden that doubles as an open zoo. Children love this place – and it is safe to pet these magnificent birds and even take a ride on them. For many this would be the first time they rode an ostrich – and this is a wonderful experience, especially for children.
Desaru Ostrich Farm is a family run business which has taken pride in taking care of more than 300 ostriches. Perfect for a half day tour for families as children can get close and learn more about ostrich, the largest bird in the world.
A friendly guide will lead you throughout the tour. Tourists get to see the hatching process of ostrich and even step on ostrich eggs to test its hardness.
After the tour, you may dine in the on-site restaurant serving ostrich food. However, some tourists find it cruel so they choose to leave right after the tour.
Desaru Fruit Farm offers more than 100 kinds of tropical fruits which are set on over 100 acres of land. It is renowned as “Tropical Fruitland” in Malaysia. Other attractions in the farm include Herbal & Vegetable Garden, fish pond and a mini zoo.
This is a huge plantation where you will find a wide variety of exotic fruits – such as durian, rambutan, passion fruit, star fruit and many more – which you can indulge all through the one-and-half day tour through the farm.
Malaysian Tourism awarded Innovative Tourism Attraction – Agro Tourism Conservation in 2010 and the “Best Agro-Tourism site” in 2006 to Desaru Fruit Farm. The farm subsequently attracts local and international tourists and later boosts the tourism industry in Malaysia.
Opened all year round, educational groups and schools can schedule a tour or trip to the farm. The guests get to savour tropical fruits, learn the ways to select different fruits and observe live working beehive. The owner of the farm is grateful for providing quality fruits and vegetables for community despite offering a fun learning experience.
Varity of packages are available and reservation in advance is recommended.
Desaru Fruit Farm Tour Package
- One Day Desaru Tour
- Fruit Farm Tour with Fruit Packet
- Fireflies Cruise
- Paintball War Game
Desaru Fruit Farm Day Trip
7.30am – Gather at designated place.
8.00am – Proceed to Desaru by bus.
8.30am – Clear customs and have breakfast in Johor.
10.30am – Visit Desaru Fruit Farm
Visit Herbal & Vegetable Garden
Participate in Educational Bee Keeping Management talk
See how the bees work and taste raw honey
12.00pm – Enjoy buffet lunch, durian feast and Fruit Flesta in the farm
Shop at Mini Mart in the farm for fruits and local products
3.30pm – Visit Crocodile Farm
4.15pm – Lobster seafood dinner at Sungai Rengit
6.00pm – Fireflies tour in Kota Tinggi
9.00pm – Return to Singapore
10.00pm – Arrive at Singapore
The location also not far from Desaru. Singaporeans and local people love to come here for relax during weekends or public holiday. The waterfall is perfect for some meditation.
It is about 30-minute drive from Lotus Beach resort. There are more than 1000 crocodiles available. you can plan half day trip to know more abour crocodiles and chance to watch keeper feeding crocodiles. Besides that, you got chance to hold the baby crocodile under supervising of caretaker.
6. Lotus Desaru Water Theme Park
The interesting and wonderful Water Theme Park is located in Lotus Desaru Resort, a resort known as “The resort for all reason” due to its year round activities. This water theme park is the main attraction of the resort. It enhances your stay by offering fun yet exciting water activities.
Lotus Desaru Water Theme Park is a place where children will fall in love with. It features a kids water playground where children can have splashtastic fun among one another. Enjoy a big splash from top at their Giant Coconut fall. There are also water slides and waterfall offer for both children and adults.
For a more relaxing activity, grab a tube and hop on to the Lazy River. Here you can float around and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Desaru Beach. Other features include Stone Bridge, Poolside Grotto and Relaxation Gazebos.
7. Desaru Firefly Watching (Firefly Valley Leisure Park)
Another nature wonders awaits you at Firefly Valley Leisure Park. It brings you closer to nature through firefly watching experience. Firefly is so called lightning bugs as it flickers and dazzles all the time.
The park is situated at the bank of Kota Tinggi River. You can either choose to watch firefly by walk or by boat. For your information, it’s the only place in Kota Tinggi that provides firefly watching by walk.
For boat, the boatman will sail down the river and you’ll be greeted and surrounded by dazzling fireflies in dark. However, keep in mind that flash photography is prohibited.
Do not miss out this golden chance to open your eyes to a whole new world of fireflies glittering and blinking all around you. It’s truly a wonderful sight to behold.
8. Desaru Gold and Country Club (Els Club Desaru Coast)
Els Club Desaru Coast is a 27-hole golf course situated along the beautiful stretch of Desaru Coast overlooking the South China Sea. It consists of 3 distinct 9-hole golf courses named the Lake, Ridge and Ocean. All of them are designed according to different skill levels by Erine Els, a premier golf course designer.
Launched in 2016, it is promised to be one of the major attractions in Desaru. It features Els Residences with 10 luxury villas overlooking the wide stretch of golf course. Besides well-equipped with modern amenities, the residences come with a private pool for relaxation. Therefore, it cannot be denied that Els Club Desaru Coast is ideal a perfect getaway from busy lifestyle.
Despite well-equipped with golf facilities and equipment, golf coaching from qualified LPGA and PGA instructors is also available for lady golfers and juniors.
9. Tanjung Balau Fishermen Museum (Muzium Nelayan)
The north part of Desaru boasts a Tanjung Balau Fishermen Museum which is opened by South-East Johor Development Authority (KEJORA) in 1992.
The museum comprises 4 galleries.
- Fishermen’s Gallery – showcases lifestyles of fishermen and their fishing tools.
- Geology Gallery – showcases more than 100 stones of different sizes and shapes which are found in Tanjung Balau.
- Sea Gallery – acknowledges visitors on ancient communication systems and marine navigation.
- Desaru Shipwreck Gallery – showcases a junk carrying cargo that sank near Desaru in 1830s.
Desaru Seafood Restaurant
1.Yoou Kee Seafood Restaurant
Sungai Rengit boasts Yoou Kee Seafood Restaurant serving fresh and scrumptious seafood. The chef, Mr Low, has run this restaurant over 20 years. It’s a typical restaurant with a traditional ambience located beside the street side.
Many customers come here just to savour their highlight dishes, butter lobster. The flavours of succulent and juicy lobsters have been perfectly enhanced by the sweetness of butter. Other delicious dishes include salted egg crab, Indonesia style fried baby squid and sambal fried kang kung.
2. Jade Garden Seafood Corner
Jade Garden Seafood Corner, the largest and most famous seafood restaurant in Sungai Rengit is always fully occupied with diners.
There are ample parking spaces and hotels within close proximity. Strongly recommended by locals, the restaurant takes pride in serving fresh-caught lobster and other fishes.
Also read: Top 11 Seafood Restaurants in Johor Bahru
The environment here is excellent; it’s air-coned, clean and comfortable. Despite good customer services, the food served here are reasonably priced.
Enjoy lobster, salted egg crab, curry leaf crab, pomfret, and boneless chicken salad in here.
3. Restoran Terapung Bujang Firefly
Built on stilts, Restoran Terapung Bujang Firefly is a typical Malay seafood restaurant offering seafood cooked in unique Malay style. Western cuisines are served as well. The simple interior makes one feels like dining in home.
Order the dishes according to your number pax as the menu is offered in package. Some of the dishes offered include TomYam seafood soup, Sotong goring tepung and deep fried calamari. After getting your stomach full, go for a firefly boat tour beside the restaurant.
4. Super Lobster Restaurant
Super Lobster Restaurant is popular for establishing reputation for their quick service, friendly staff and nice sea view.
As its name indicates, the highlight cuisine of Super Lobster Restaurant is their lobster delicacy. The lobsters are cooked in diverse ways just to deliver what their customers like.
For instance, lobster salad, grilled lobster, stewed soup lobster and butter lobster. Besides lobster, the head chef also creates simple yet appealing seafood dishes such as mussel, scallop, cuttlefish, crabs and prawns.
Desaru Beach Resort
Lotus Desaru Beach Resort is well known internationally for the best resort along the east-coast of Kota Tinggi. It covers 22km stretches of beach overlooking South China Sea.
All of the room come with modern facilities and amenities. To name a few, there are air conditioner, hairdryer, TV, electronic lock set, microwave and fridge. Besides, they are dedicated to deliver the best customer services to ensure a memorable stay.
The resort features three swimming pools and a water park to entertain the guests. For indoor activities, the resort offers carom, table tennis, pool, board games, mug painting, sand art. And for outdoor activities, the resort offers beach volleyball, sandy beach football, tug of war, archery, sandy castle art, treasure hunt, jungle trekking, paintball, para-sailing, and jet-ski. With the activities offered, you’ll never get bored in here!
2. Pulai Desaru Beach Resort & Spa
Aimed at providing world-class hospitality, Pulai Desaru Beach Resort & Spa offers the finest experience you can ever had in Desaru. Located right at the centre of Desaru, it is surrounded by tropical rainforest and beautiful beach.
The resort features over 200 elegantly decorated guestrooms overlooking the sandy beach. Guestrooms are available in different types to cater different needs of guests. Modern amenities are provided to ensure utmost comfort.
A comprehensive sports and dining facilities is offered here. Dine in either Palm Brasserie Restaurant or Teppan Japanese Restaurant whenever you feel hungry. The stunning surroundings and its exquisite menu complete your dining experience with joy.
Reservation for excursions and tours around Desaru are available. The resort even offers ATV rides, pool tables, arcade centre to entertain the guests.
3. Desaru Damai Beach Resort
Opened in September 2015, Desaru Damai Beach Resort amazes the guests with its elegant and home-like decorations. They find here a home away from home.
Comfortable rooms with complementary room facilities and amenities are available all year round. If you need assistance, their well-trained staff are always be there to guide and help you.
The on-site restaurant, Panawa Restaurant offers exquisite taste of local as well as international flavours. Guests may dine in private dining room, open terrace along the beach or in the restaurant based on their preferences. Ombak Bar, a place for relaxation and entertainment, is opened daily from 5pm to 1am.
Take pleasure in both indoor and outdoor activities provided here. For water sport lovers, the resort offers parasailing, banana boat, pipe rider, viper and many more. Stay in here to enjoy and discover more.
4. Desaru Golden Beach Resort
Desaru Golden Beach Resort blends perfectly into the pristine nature of Desaru. It is a resort where you can find comfort in nature.
The resort features 116 villas, 100 hotel rooms and 4 suites. All of these accommodations are set amidst the stunning beach and decent tropical rainforests. Room facilities offered include colour TV, air-conditioning, hot showers and a mini bar fridge.
There’s no better way to fill your day here with great activities. Jungle trekking, cycling, fishing, various water sports and spa can be enjoyed at the resort. Golfing is available too as golf course is within close proximity to the resort.
A coffee house and BBQ sites are offered for a welcoming dining experience. For business travellers, conference room which can accommodate up to 600 people is available for banquet and meeting.
Singapore to Desaru Taxi Service
There are many ways to reach to Desaru Johor from Singapore. If you are plan going right as you land in Senai Airport, the best way is to rent a car or hire a taxi. From Changi Airport, the convenient and easy way to reach Desaru is MPV taxi. Book right now for a hassle-free trip and affordable transfer.