A Guide to Desaru Coast Family Attractions

Known for its pristine beaches and coastal town, Desaru is a great way to escape the bustle of the city and its busy schedule. If you didn’t know, in 2021 TIME magazine named the Desaru Coast as one of the greatest places in the world, which is why it’s a top vacation destination for locals and tourists alike. Apart from its luxury accommodations such as One&Only Desaru Coast, The Westin Desaru Coast and many more, the city is also known for its family activities and natural attractions. Bookmark our guide if you are planning a trip to Desaru soon.

Visit these attractions for a memorable trip to the coast of Desaru, Johor:

Adventure Desaru Coast Water Park

Get ready to pack your bags and cool off at Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast. Ideal for families and children, the water park offers more than 20 wet and dry rides. There are five areas: Penawar Falls, Penawar River, Shipwreck Reef, Tidal Wave Beach, and Kids Ahoy. Host a birthday party or take the kids on a mini getaway; we’re sure they’ll have a splash. Visit the website for more information.

For MyKad holders, tickets are priced at RM65 (about SGD20) for adults, seniors and children, while regular tickets are priced at RM94 (about SGD30). To make the trip worthwhile, we suggest ordering the Splash Pass for unlimited water park entry with no blackout dates. Tickets are priced at RM245 (approximately SGD76) for adults and RM195 (approximately SGD61) for children (regular), while MyKad holders will enjoy great offers for adults at RM196 and RM156 for children and seniors.

Desaru Fruit Farm

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As the best agritourism site in Malaysia, Desaru Fruit Farm is the best place to relax and explore the beautiful land of tropical fruits. Each adventure begins with a guided tour of the farm, a visit to the agriculture gallery, and a stroll through the vegetable patch and herb garden. In addition to this, an educational lecture on bees is also available. Don’t miss trying the local raw honey. For an adventure, you can even hop on an ATV and explore the orchards or take the kids to the petting zoo. Tickets cost RM30 (about SGD9) for adults and RM25 (about SGD8) per child (between 3 and 11 years old).

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Kota Tinggi Firefly Park

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Located 45 minutes from Desaru, the cruise will take you to explore the majestic mangrove trees along the riverbank while witnessing the illuminating beauty of fireflies at night. Three cruises run daily, priced at RM20 (about SGD6) for adults and RM12 (about SGD4) for children. The first cruise leaves at 7:30 p.m., the second at 8:30 p.m. and the other at 9:30 p.m. We recommend booking the 7:30 p.m. slot as this is the best time to see the lightning.

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Desaru Ostrich Farm

Priced at RM20 (about SGD6) per person, the Desaru Ostrich Farm is a fascinating way to get close to the beautiful creatures. Fun fact: Desaru Ostrich Farm has over 200 ostriches. As one of Malaysia’s giant ostrich farms, it’s a great place for kids to learn and explore the terrain as some animals roam freely. Do not worry; you are allowed to take pictures. Located 25 minutes from the beach, the farm offers an educational ostrich tour that takes you around the park. If you are feeling adventurous, you can feed them by paying RM2 and ride on them too.

Els Club Côte de Desaru

Famous for its exceptional course with breathtaking views, Els Club Desaru Coast is a dream course for all golfers. There are two courses to explore: Ocean and Valley. Get ready to play these scenic golf courses designed by four-time Major Champion Ernie Els and three-time Major Champion Vijay Singh. Highlights include the Ocean Course for its stunning views of the South China Sea and the 9-hole courses. What’s amazing is that each layout is inspired by famous link courses across the UK. Golf packages are available if you plan to play and stay at the hotel of your choice.

Ocean route:

Business hours : 7:30 a.m. to dusk.

Rates: RM310 (approximately SGD96) (Monday to Friday) and RM350 (approximately SGD108) (Saturday, Sunday and public holidays)

Valley route:

Business hours : Thursday to Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last departure at 2 p.m.)

Rates: RM380 (about SGD118) (Thursday to Friday) and RM400 (about SGD124) (Saturday, Sunday and public holidays)

Teluk Sengat Crocodile Farm

Nestled in Seluk Sengat, Kota Tinggi, the conservation is known to house around 1,000 saltwater crocodiles of varying sizes and ages. Explore breeding and cement ponds as friendly staff provide educational information about magical creatures. If you’re lucky, stick around for mealtime. In addition to this, disabled crocodiles are cared for on the farm as they strive to provide a safe space for the animals.

Ticket prices: RM8 (approx. SGD2) (adults) and RM4 (approx. SGD1) (children).

How to get to Desaru Coast, Johor:

If you are arriving from Singapore, take a ferry from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to Desaru Coast Ferry Terminal. Return tickets for the Desaru Coast Ferry will cost 118 SGD. Book your ticket here.

From Kuala Lumpur, take a four-hour drive to reach the Desaru Coast via the North-South Highway. Another option is to book a 45-minute flight from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) and Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (Subang Airport) to Senai International Airport with an additional 45 minute drive to Desaru Coast.


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