Imagine turquoise waters with sandy beaches, waves lapping at your feet, and that distinct salty smell of seawater on your face. Doesn’t it sound positively dreamy?
If this description makes your heart skip a beat, then it is a sign that you need to visit Desaru.
Desaru, a coastal resort town in Johor, Malaysia, is a dream holiday destination only a few hours from Singapore. It is ideal for quick weekend getaways because it is full of beach resorts, sandy beaches, and family-friendly activities. You can spend days relaxing on the beach, seeing snapping crocs and magical fireflies, riding an ATV, or even riding an ostrich if you’re feeling particularly daring.
Furthermore, the opening of the Desaru Coast Ferry Terminal to facilitate tourism, allowing ferry services between the Desaru Coast and the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, has sparked renewed visitor interest in this holiday destination.
That being said, here is a quick rundown of how to plan a weekend getaway to this resort town.
HOW TO GET TO DESARU FROM SINGAPORE?
There are four common ways to travel from Singapore to Desaru.
? Private Taxi
Travelling in a private taxi works best if you are looking to travel according to a flexible travel schedule. The drivers are familiar with inter-causeway travel and keep their MVP vehicles clean and well-maintained.
Self-driving is another flexible mode of transportation, particularly if you are an experienced driver. The distance and time required to travel from Singapore to Desaru by private vehicle may vary depending on the route taken.
If you’re willing to forego a little comfort and convenience, public buses are another cost-effective way to get to Desaru.
If you are looking for comfort and convenience while saving time, opting to make your travel arrangements with a reputed ferry service is the most cost-effective way to get to Desaru. Especially now that the coastal town’s new ferry terminal has opened up for operation, you can plan a trip down to Desaru easily. You can travel to Desaru from the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, which takes about 90 minutes. It is best to arrive at the terminal 15 minutes before the ferry departure time for a stress-free journey.
You can take the bus or the MRT to get to the terminal. If you want to take the MRT, the Changi MRT station is the closest to the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. You can also take the bus to the ferry terminal, especially if you are connecting from Changi Airport.
WHAT TO DO DURING YOUR WEEKEND STAY?
Once you board the ferry from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal at 8:30 AM and arrive at Desaru, these are some of the activities you can carry out in the coastal town.
? Desaru Fruit Farm
Visiting the Desaru Fruit Farm is a great family-friendly and educational option. This agricultural park has over 100 different fruit varieties, ranging from sour mango to dragonfruit. You can learn about the various fruits grown here and even pick some of your own. There’s also a mini zoo where you can pet rabbits, goats, and other animals, as well as a free-flowing fruit buffet where you can enjoy dishes with various fruits. At Desaru fruit farm, you can also ride an ATV, play paintball, or feed fish in the koi pond.
Once you depart from the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and arrive at the Desaru Ferry Terminal, it only takes about 20 minutes to get to this farm. Therefore, starting your trip with a visit to the Desaru Fruit Farm is highly recommended.
? Desaru Ostrich Farm
The Desaru Ostrich Farm is Malaysia’s largest ostrich farm, with over 200 ostriches roaming its grounds. If you are fascinated by these magnificent flightless birds, then you must visit this farm. You will be given an informative tour, during which you will learn many interesting facts about ostriches. For an additional fee, you can even feed or ride one of these massive birds. You can watch an ostrich egg-cracking demonstration and even step on an ostrich egg to test its strength. They also provide visitors with the opportunity to sample ostrich meat prepared in a variety of ways. At the end of the tour, you can visit their souvenir shop, where you will find a variety of products made from ostrich eggshells.
? Desaru Crocodile Farm
A trip to Desaru isn’t complete unless you visit the Teluk Sengat crocodile farm. The farm, which opened in 1979, is home to over 1,000 crocodiles, some of which are over 100 years old. Their keeper will take you on tour and tell you all about these massive and powerful reptiles. You will be able to see baby crocodiles and, if available, even crocodile eggs. If you happen to visit during feeding times, you’ll be able to observe their eating habits as well. You can also buy souvenirs from the farm after your tour is completed.
? Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark
Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark consists of a man-made pool, five different exploration zones, including one specifically for children, and one of the world’s largest wave pools. You can also enjoy over 20 thrilling rides and also ride the region’s first water coaster. The waterpark also lets visitors practise surfing at their Surf Wall and float down the Penawar River, which is Malaysia’s longest lazy river ride. You can also take a spin on Kraken’s Revenge, their 360-degree roller coaster.
? Desaru Firefly Cruise
In the evenings, the Desaru Fruit Farm offers firefly cruises. Thousands of fireflies searching for a mate will light up the waters of the Bujang River, and boats will cruise along the river’s banks to witness this spectacle.
It is a breathtaking natural light show that will undoubtedly leave an impression on anyone who sees it. The opportunity to enjoy the evening breeze and stargaze on clear nights are additional benefits of participating in this river cruise.
GET TO DESARU FROM TANAH MERAH FERRY TERMINAL WITH BUSONLINETICKET
If you are planning a weekend trip to Desaru, taking the ferry is the most cost-effective and convenient option. It is the most efficient method to get to Desaru, and the Desaru Coast Ferry Terminal offers a free shuttle bus service to the coastal town’s main tourist attractions.
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