5 Funtastic Things To Do At Desaru, Johor For A Memorable Beachside Holiday

The southern state of Johor in Malaysia is a wonderful holiday destination with a wide variety of attractions and scrumptious local cuisine. In particular, the town of Desaru is a must-visit with its pristine beaches along the South China Sea. So take a holiday down south and relax on the white sands of the Desaru coast.

Here are 5 things to do while you’re in Desaru:



Have a staycation at Westin Desaru Coast Resort 

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Have a relaxing stay by the beach at Westin Desaru Coast Resort. While you’re here, enjoy a luxurious room, delectable breakfast spread, and unwind on the beach for some much-needed fun in the sun! Alternatively, take a dip in the picturesque outdoor swimming pool or visit the in-house spa for a relaxing body treatment.  

Address: Jalan Pantai 3, Desaru Coast, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor
Contact Number: +607-838 3333
Check-in: 3 PM
Check-out: 12 PM



Visit Desaru Fruit Farm

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Visit this 180-acre, award-winning fruit farm, and go on a guided tour to learn more about this impressive orchard. If you’re feeling adventurous, opt for a farm tour on an ATV! 

There’s also a small petting zoo here with furry friends such as goats and rabbits that children will enjoy. You’ll also be able to learn more about bees and taste some local raw honey. If you opt for the lunch package, you can enjoy a scrumptious meal with a good variety of fruits in addition to the farm tour.

After a fun day at the farm, you can purchase some fresh fruits to enjoy with your family later. 

Address: 92, 82200 Kota Tinggi, Johor
Operating Hours: 9 AM – 6 PM daily
Contact Number: +6012-772 1817

Get a glimpse of fruit farming in Desaru when you book this staycation and tour package!

Visit Desaru Fruit Farm, then head off for a Fireflies Tour and scrumptious seafood dinner after!



Have a splashing good time at Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark

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If you love theme parks and being in the water, then this is perfect for you. Enjoy a day of water rides and fun with your family and friends at Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark, home to one of the biggest wave pools in the world!

There are loads of fun things to do here for visitors of all ages. If you have young children, head over to Kids Ahoy, a kid-friendly play area filled with various water play equipment and slides.

Float along the Penawar River amid lush greenery and relax with your family. Set along the river are four must-try water slides: Wild Whirl, Super Twister, Riptide, and The Tempest. If you’re in need of speed, have fun rushing through the massive water slides!

For thrill-seekers, head over to Kraken’s Revenge, a roller coaster ride as thrilling as it sounds! This ride takes daring souls up 30 metres above the ground and through a full 360º horizontal loop before diving into a splashing finish. 

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Address: Persiaran Pantai, Desaru Coast, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor
Operating Hours: 10 AM – 6 PM, Thursday to Sunday
Contact Numbers: +607-878 3828 / +607-878 3800



Enjoy outdoor water activities with DASH Outdoors

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To enjoy some fun water activities, stop by DASH Outdoors, the outdoor adventure experts. DASH offers a variety of outdoor beach activities for the adventure seeker in you. There are plenty of options here including bodyboarding, banana boat, jet, and water skiing. 

Jet skiing is the most popular activity at DASH. They offer Seadoo units that are fast, but also stable and safe for beginners. If you’re new to jet skis, not to worry, briefings and demonstrations are provided. Bigger groups can opt for activities such as riding a banana boat that can carry up to 7 passengers. 


  • Desaru Coast public beach
  • Beach front of the Westin Desaru Coast Resort

Operating Hours: 8 AM – 7 PM daily
Contact Number: +6019-680 3340 (Simon)



Go on a boat ride to see beautiful fireflies at Kota Tinggi Firefly Park

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Enjoy a tranquil riverboat ride under the stars to see countless glowing fireflies at this park, under an hour’s drive from Westin Desaru Coast Resort. Sit back and marvel at nature’s beauty on this boat ride that takes around 45 minutes. At times, the fireflies gather near a tree, giving the appearance of a festive Christmas tree. It truly is a magical sight! 

Life jackets are provided for your safety. Do bring along insect repellent to ward off any pesky mosquitoes. If possible, avoid coming here on full moon nights. The darker the night, the better!

Address: Jalan Kota Tinggi, 81900 Kota Tinggi, Johor
Operating Hours: 1 PM – 11 PM daily
Contact Number: +6017-460 7775



Dreaming of a beachside holiday? Book a staycation now at Westin Desaru Coast Resort (inclusive of a fruit farm tour). Get your Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark tickets in advance too and you’re all set for an exciting getaway!



Words by Vidhya Sathyamoorthi
Featured image from DASH Outdoors Malaysia on Instagram