Desaru, which means ‘village of soft palms,’ sits on the east coast in the state of Johor, part of the Malay Peninsula. This area is a curated recreational destination spanning over 3,900 acres along the pristine 17-km beachfront that faces eastwards over clear ocean waters. Set amid a rich bio-diverse location, Desaru Coast offers a variety of experiences as well as luxury resorts, upscale shopping, and dining. Just a quick hop from Singapore (2.5 hour drive or 30-minute ferry) or a one-hour drive from the international airport in Johor, Desaru Coast is a serene beach getaway easily within reach yet feels thousands of miles from any city.
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Stretching over 10 miles, the tree-lined Desaru beach offers visitors white sand, warm waters, and a cool breeze. Relax and unwind on the shore or enjoy fun-filled activities such as fishing, boating, swimming, and hiking around the area.
The Els Club Malaysia, located on the coast next to One&Only resort, has two manicured golf courses: a 27-hole golf course designed by 4-time Major Champion, Ernie Els & Valley Course, and an 18-hole golf course designed in collaboration with Els’ long-standing friend & major champion, Vijay Singh.
At Kota Tinggi Firefly Park, enjoy a magical sunset cruise through a protected firefly habitat and witness the thousands of fireflies dance amongst the wetlands under the stars. At the end, write a wish on a sky lantern before floating it into the dark sky.
Boasting an award-winning tropical fruit wonderland spreading across 100 acres, Desaru Fruit Farm welcomes guests to learn and taste its wide variety of fruits on scheduled tours through the farm. Also available are a Herbal and Vegetable Garden, bee farm, agricultural gallery, petting zoo, and ATV riding.
Adventure Waterpark provides all the thrills and chills a family could want, including one of the world’s largest wave pools. Choose between four giant water slides, funnels with sudden drops and thrilling descents, a splashing flume ride, a 350-meter long looping lazy river, and much more. Besides rides and water attractions, Adventure Waterpark also provides surfing lessons at its surf simulator pool as well as eateries, boutiques, cabanas, and plentiful beach loungers. A complimentary shuttle service is provided within the Desaru Coast area.
This 23-acre waterfront retail and lifestyle village offers retail outlets, restaurants, cafes, and entertainment.
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