Desaru, Johor is one of the best destinations in Malaysia to have a low-key family vacation. There are plenty of activities to occupy your little ones and the beach is perfect to unwind from the bustling city life. From a waterpark to a crocodile farm, the small coastal town has everything for everyone! If you’re heading to Desaru soon, be sure to bookmark this guide!
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1. Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast
By far the most interesting attraction in Desaru, the Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast is ideal for families and kids. Be warned, it might be hard to peel them away to go home! The waterpark features more than 20 wet and dry rides. There are five zones: Penawar Falls, Penawar River, Shipwreck Reef, Tidal Wave Beach and Kids Ahoy. Be sure to try out surfing at their wave pool! Did you know the waterpark also has the region’s first water coaster as well as a host of ‘dry’ rides? Yep, that’s right! Get your adrenalin rush at the Riptide twister or chill by floating down the 350-metre Penawar lazy river. There is also a Kids Ahoy area for families with young children to wade and splash with 13 unique slides. If the rides are not your thing, you can opt to enjoy the wave pool views from the beachside cabanas or just lounge along the shoreline of Tidal Wave Beach!
Price: From RM65
Address: Persiaran Pantai, Desaru Coast, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor
Opening hours: 10 am - 6 pm (Daily)
2. Desaru Fruit Farm
You might not know this, but Desaru is the best agro-tourism site in Malaysia! So, be sure to add the Desaru Fruit Farm to your list! Start the visit with a guided farm tour, a visit to the agriculture gallery and a stroll to the vegetable and herb garden. Don’t miss out on 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.
Price: From RM25
Address: Sungai Cemaran, Desaru, 81900 Kota Tinggi, Johor
Opening hours: 9 am - 6 pm (Daily)
3. Kota Tinggi Firefly Park
The Kota Tinggi Firefly Park is a bit of a drive (about 45 minutes from Desaru), but it’s simply a must-do while you’re here! The cruise will lead you to explore the majestic mangrove trees along the riverbank as you witness the illuminating beauty of the fireflies at night. There are three scheduled cruises daily — at 7.30 pm, 8.30 pm and 9.30 pm. We recommend booking the 7.30 pm slot as it is the best time to view the lightning bugs.
Price: From RM12
Address: Jalan Kota Tinggi, 81900 Kota Tinggi, Johor
Opening hours: 1 pm - 11pm (Daily)
4. Desaru Ostrich Farm
Ostriches are not a native species of Malaysia so it’s always a sight to behold this majestic animal! If you’ve always wanted to see the animal in real life, here’s your chance! The farm owns more than 200 ostriches and it’s a great place for kids to learn about the animals and explore the grounds.
Address: Teluk Ramunia, Kota Tinggi, Johor
Opening hours: 10 am - 6 pm (Daily)
5. Teluk Sengat Crocodile Farm
Located in Seluk Sengat, Kota Tinggi, the crocodile farm is known for housing around 1,000 saltwater crocodiles of various sizes and ages. Your kids would certainly enjoy this visit as they’ll learn educational facts about the magical creatures! If you’re lucky, you might catch them during feeding time! The farm also cares for crocodiles with disabilities as they strive to provide a safe space for the animals.
Price: From RM4
Address: Jalan Sembilang, Teluk Sengat, 81900 Kota Tinggi, Johor
Opening hours: 9 am - 6.30pm (Daily)
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