Are you, at this moment looking for a short weekend getaways from Singapore for your family holidays?
Been thinking about heading up to Johor but not sure what to do in JB?
Does an environmentally conscious, educational destination spark interest in you?
How about spending your holiday surrounded by nature?
If you’ve just agreed on all these questions, we’ve got a great eco farm in Johor Bahru to share with you.
Let’s discover this destination for your next trip to Johor!
1. Desaru Fruit Farm
Don’t worry what can you do when visiting Desaru! Desaru Fruit Farm is one of the best choices!
It has been in operations for over 10 years, endorsed by the board of Tourism Malaysia and has been recognized for its efforts relating to agro-cultural practices and conservation.
The farm has been developed to contain more than 100 species of fruits trees and plants, along with some animals in the petting zoo, a paintball activity space and a go-kart track as well.
Also read: UK Farm Johor (Top Choice For Family Bonding Trip!)
You may be hesitant in thinking an agro cultural destination would be less of an adventure, but until you’ve given it a try you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the fun you can have while discovering agriculture and nature through education.
Surely this is an area we can all benefit from as city life rarely gives us an opportunity to truly appreciate all our local tropical fruit tree species and plants.
Covering a vast area of 180 acres in Johor, it is an agro-tourism site that promotes nature and conservation through education and has been awarded for various agro tourism efforts in the past.
Still a known spot for visitors seeking an alternative get away from the city, Desaru Fruit Farm in Kota Tinggi Johor is great for kids and adults, as all will learn all about agricultural practices, various fruits, plants and trees.
2. Desaru Fruit Farm Agro Tourism
An agro educational trip appeals to visitors seeking a low impact, green and nature conscious holiday while gaining some insight into fruits we regularly consume.
Also read: Singapore To HS Farm Johor
Visitors will learn about the agricultural industry, the impact of consumption cycles and sustainability efforts.
Taking a tour of the farm and fruit orchards in Desaru Fruit Farm, visitors are able to recognize, taste fresh fruit right from their tree or plant with the many guides on site as they share with you their knowledge and expertise on each fruit species.
3. 10 Things To Do In Desaru Fruit Farm
For visitors at all ages to appreciate the farm in its entirety, we’re listing all the areas of attractions available at Desaru Fruit Farm so you’ll able to maximize your time when you visit.
If you’re most looking forward to certain fruits here, do look up the season before you travel here to make sure you’ve visiting in the right months.
Do allow ample time for the full experience in the farm to visit these areas below.
3.1 Visit Herbal & Vegetable Garden
This section of the farm is next to the fishpond, and visitors can learn to recognize the various herbs, and the use of these in our everyday life from cooking, to healing.
Visitors are allowed to touch and smell the herbs in the garden, as they learn more about crop rotations from the guide.
In this garden visitors can touch and smell fresh local herbs and vegetable such as:
- Cat’s Whiskers
- Betel plant
- Stevia plant
3.2 Listen To Honey Talk & Tasting
Close to the front entrance of Desaru Fruit Farm, in a room guests will be educated by a guide on all things honey.
The knowledgeable guide will inform visitors on bee keeping management, raw and processed honey specifics, and at the end of the talk visitors get to taste raw unprocessed fresh honey from the farm. The raw honey here is even safe for diabetics.
3.3 Feed Fish At Fish Pond
In a park setting with a bridge over the pond, visitors get a top view of the fish pond which is home to koi fishes.
Visitors are not encouraged to feed the fishes on their own, rather with food available from the guides.
Around the fish pond are man-made rocks and landscaping and offer guests a place to sit a while and rest before continuing on to the rest of the farm.
3.4 Feed Animal In Mini Petting Zoo
This mini petting zoo features a range of animals from goats, rabbits, turkeys, pygmy chicken and a few others. Visitors are allowed to pet and feed the rabbits and goats here with vegetables.
Also read: Zoo In Johor Bahru
3.5 Understand Bio-Farming At Agricultural Gallery
Located in a hall on Desaru Fruit Farm grounds, this gallery serves as an informative area for guests wanting to know more about local agricultural practices and bio-farming.
Info graphic type posters provide visitors with quick bits of information and facts about the agricultural industry, crops, trees and plants.
3.6 Enjoy Fruit Buffet
According to fruits season, guests can take their pick and feast on all the fruits fresh from the farm.
A healthy buffet, fruits are readily cut for visitors and there are also pickled fruits for those wanting something a little sour. A café here also serves up fruit infused dishes from their ala carte menu.
Guava, jackfruit, dragon fruit, passion fruit, watermelon, banana, pineapple, mangosteen, longan, papaya, rose apple, pickles, honeydew, Rambutan, guava, pineapple and many more.
Fruit infused dishes include:
- Coconut Seafood Tom Yam
- Passion Fruit Chicken
- Emperor Chicken With Goji Berries
- Passion Fruit Asam Pedas Stingray
- Pineapple Sweet And Sour Prawns
- Banana Cooked With Local Spices With Coconut Milk
- Fried Cempedak Fritter From The Work
- Stir Fried Four Angle Beans
- Fresh Papaya Chicken Soup
- Shredded Papaya With Seafood
- Deep Fried Squid With Red Dragon Fruit
- And many more
3.7 Eat All-You-Can During Durian Season & Buffet
The durian buffet at Desaru Fruit Farm is dependent on the durian season, which is typically mid-year from end June until August annually.
Guests who make it in time for durian season can eat their hearts out from the buffet with durian dishes available such as fried durian fritters.
Also read: 9 Places To Eat Durian In Johor
3.8 Play Paintball To Enhance Your Shooting Skill
A section of the farm is dedicated to outdoor activities for adrenaline junkies. First up is the paintball war game where visitors get to battle friends and family and emerge champions! Players hire a full face mask, a paintball gun, torso protector, and paintball pallets.
There’s a certified paintball marshal on the grounds at all times to ensure the safety of players. Additional pallets are available for sale, and for smaller kids there’s the option of paintball target practice.
3.9 Dirt Kart Ride
Another activity for the adrenaline seeker is the dirt kart ride. Drivers here make laps of 5, tackling the dirt course around bends and turns, speeding till the finish line.
Race with other drivers on the track, or wait for the current race to cease, and then start a new race against family and friends. The track can accommodate up to six drivers at any one time.
3.10 Buy Fresh Fruit In Mini Mart & Fruit Shop
Don’t forget to pick up some fresh fruit to bring home at the mini mart before you leave the farm. Fresh fruits from the farm are readily cut and packaged, and you can also buy raw honey and bottled fruit juices here along with other local produce.
4. Desaru Fruit Farm Tour Package
To get the most out of your time here, you may want to consider taking up some of the packages that’s offered by Desaru Fruit Farm. If you’re strapped for time and just have one day to spare, you may want to choose among the day tour packages offered.
The choices for the one day tours are varied and accommodate to different types of visitors. 2 day tour packages are also available for visitors, and while there’s no accommodation on the farms’ property, Desaru Fruit Farm will arrange for nearby accommodation.
Here’s the list of packages available:
4.1 Desaru Fruit Farm Entrance Fee
Adult: RM 26.50
Child (3-11 years old): RM21.20
Above rate include fruit farm tour and fruit packet.
*All prices of the packages above are inclusive of GST
*Other tours are available departing from Desaru Fruit Farm to nearby attractions in Kota Tinggi, Desaru and Sungai Rengit. Do enquire within Desaru Fruit Farm at the agricultural gallery or with your guide should you be interested.
4.3 Desaru Fruit Farm 2 Days Tour
Got more than one day to spend more exploring Desaru Fruit Farm? Do take advantage of the overnight tour packages which gives visitors a choice of 2 resorts near Desaru Fruit Farm namely Lotus Desaru Beach Resort and Tunamaya Desaru Beach Resort.
Do note that overnight packages (2 days tour packages) transfer mode to and from Singapore is by ferry, and packages includes all land transfers, ferry tickets, accommodation, a tour guide and most meals throughout your stay.
Here is Desaru Fruit Farm 2 Days Tour Package you may want to consider:
5. How To Go To Desaru Fruit Farm From Singapore
Desaru Fruit Farm is located in Kota Tinggi towards the east coast of Johor state. It is takes roughly 2 hours 40 minutes to Desaru Fruit Farm from Singapore.
There are 2 transport options to reach Desaru Fruit Farm from Singapore. I’m going to share with you in more detail as below so you’re able to choose which route and transport options suits your travel needs best.
Let check it out!
5.1 Private Car To Desaru Fruit Farm From Singapore
The first transport option is by using private car service. I choose SGMYTAXI as they provide excellent private car service and trusted company.
Advantages of SGMYTAXI Private Car Service
- Traveling in comfort with your family or group without having to drive to Johor from Singapore.
- No need to get off from the vehicle for clearance in Singapore Checkpoint and Johor Custom.
- Pick up and drop off points all at your convenience.
- Bring you and your family or group from anywhere in Singapore you specify to Desaru Fruit Farm in Johor and return.
- Spacious MPVs navigated by experienced and friendly drivers.
- Affordable rates with no hidden charge.
With SGMYTAXI, passengers can travel peacefully and rest in comfort especially long journey.
Traveling by private car is recommended for visitors planning a day trip and travelers with a large group. You are advised to book the private car service in advance to Desaru Fruit Farm.
The journey by private car takes approximately 90 minutes depend on traffic conditions and location of departure point in Singapore. Traveling by private car doesn’t require guests to make an early start because you can choose what time to pick you up and also preferred pick up location.
5.2 Ferry + Coach Transfer To Desaru Fruit Farm From Singapore
Another transport option would be ferry + coach or minivan transfers from Singapore to Desaru Fruit Farm.
You can book ferry tickets yourself via online, or opt to book via Desaru Fruit Farm website. The ferry and coach tickets are included in overnight tour packages which are available for purchase online through Desaru Fruit Farm website.
The ferry ride is a short 25 minutes, from Singapore Changi Terminal to Tanjong Belungkor in Johor.
For convenience, book directly with Desaru Fruit Farm or purchase Desaru Fruit Farm tour packages at Changi Ferry Terminal with the ferry operator, as it will save you the hassle of looking for land transfer once you arrive at Tanjong Belungkor Terminal. Ferry tickets are included in tour packages too, making for easy and seamless transfer.
For ferry schedule between Changi Ferry Terminal (Singapore) & Tanjong Belungkor Ferry Terminal (Johor), ticket price & where to book details -> click here: Changi Ferry Terminal Ferry Schedule
Once arrived in Tanjong Belungkor Ferry Terminal, a coach or minivan will be standing by to bring you and your family or group to Desaru Fruit Farm. This leg of the journey takes around half an hour.