BUT, according to my survey, DESARU would be the next hottest place of interest in Johor. You may ask “WHY”.
Because a lot of parents would consider bringing their children to have an “ECO” trip or “Rural” trip. This is the reason why there are so many ECO farms begin established recently.
Now, let me list down some PLACE OF INTEREST of Desaru.
- Desaru Fruit Farm
Desaru Beach(not recommended for a day trip)
- Teluk Sengat Crocodile farm
- Desaru Ostrich Farm
- Sungai Rengit (2 Seafood Restaurants)
- Extra –> Kota Tinggi Firefly Park
Extra –> Kota Tinggi Waterfalls(not recommended for a day trip)
I know most of you may refer to the google map to check which route is the most convenient and shortest path to reach your destination especially when you’re only planning for a DAY TRIP in Johor. You have to plan well before taking a day trip in Desaru.
If you are only looking for a DAY TRIP, I personally think that you can visit all the places that I have listed above. I will go through one by one starting with the most important place of interest.
Based on the map above, you can see that the first destination on Desaru would be “Desaru Fruit Farm“. If you are coming from Singapore, you will reach around 11:30am – 12:00pm. (If you depart at 8:00am in the morning)
Basically, you need at least 2 to 3 hours to walk around the Desaru Fruit Farm. The tour guide will guide you through all the journey in Desaru Fruit Farm.
Once you’re done touring the fruit farm, they will provide you a variety of fruit for lunch. Don’t miss them! All the fruit are plucked from their farm.
Entrance ticket is priced at around RM25/pax, please note that there is no accommodation provided at Desaru Fruit Farm. Therefore, you need to find the nearest accommodation if you take the 2D1N package.
For Desaru package details please visit here: desarufruitfarm.com
***Please note that Desaru Fruit Farm also provides Go-Kart and Paint Ball game (If you plan for a day trip, then you wouldn’t have enough time to visit Desaru Ostrich Farm and Sungai Rengit)
After having your stomach filled with fruit (Must Try!), you can consider going to the crocodile farm at Teluk Sengat.
One hour is sufficient to spend in Teluk Sengat Crocodile Farm.
Please note that the journey from Desaru Fruit Farm to Teluk Sengat Crocodile Farm is around 30 minutes drive.
Or you can skip the crocodile farm and go to Sungai Rengit area. It is a small town in Kota Tinggi district.
In Sungai Rengit area, you can first visit the Desaru Ostrich Farm. The journey from Desaru Fruit Farm to Sungai Rengit area is about 45 minutes to 1 hour drive.
Desaru Ostrich Farm hosted more than 250++ ostrich and it is the largest ostrich farm in Malaysia.
I personally recommend Desaru Ostrich Farm rather than crocodile farm as it is more fun and excited to play with these long-necked creatures.
Your kids may like this farm very much because they will get the opportunity to feed these ostriches with corn kernels or a bunch of vegetables.
Besides that, you get the chance to touch and stand on the biggest egg in the world. Moreover, you can stand beside the ostriches and take photos together. It is definitely enjoyable and good experience with these ostriches.
But it is still worth to go to crocodile farm. At least your kids know how a real crocodile looks like. 🙂
Note: 1 to 2 hours is enough in ostrich farm.
You may refer to the images below to see what you can expect when you reach there.
After that, you can spend your evening for a delectable dinner at the top Desaru food restaurant. There are 3 options for your choice.
1. Jade Garden Seafood Restaurant
2. You Kees Seafood Restaurant (Pocket friendly)
3. Restaurant Super Lobster
After you’ve eaten your dinner, you can choose to head back to Singapore, or you can request the driver to stop over at the Desaru Beach to have fun with your family member.
I think this is a great plan for those who look for only a DAY Trip in Desaru area. After dinner at about 7:00pm or 8:00pm, you may need at least 3 hours drive to reach Singapore.
Plan for the 2nd day if you would like to have 2D1N Trip. (Kota Tinggi Waterfalls)
If you are going to have 2D1N Trip, then you can directly stay in Lotus Desaru Beach Resort after having your dinner at Sungai Rengit. On the second day, you can check out from the resort and head to Kota Tinggi for more activities!!!
In Kota Tinggi, the most important outdoor activity would be the waterfalls.
1. Waterfalls (spend time: 4-5 hours)
2. Kiang Kee Bah Kut Teh for lunch
3. Firefly Valley (before heading back to Singapore)