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5 reasons to visit Desaru for your next holiday – Your next holiday destination

Situated on the eastern coast of Johor is a lovely little town called Desaru boasting a great beach, sunshine and wonderful nature to immerse yourself in. Want to know why you should be visiting Desaru?


Beachside bliss

Since you are on holiday, give your body some time to physically rest up. The beach at Desaru is the perfect place for this! Spread out your beach towel and lie in the warm sea breeze absorbing the rays of golden sunshine for a great tan. If basking in the sun is just not enough, the waters are safe for a swim as well, for both adults and children. If what you need is a thrill to get you pumped up, then how about parasailing? The beach is freedom itself, but flying over the seas? Now that's even better!


Fresh Seafood

On the streets and by the beach are small wayside eateries that serve up some of the most amazing seafood dishes. The fresh catch of the day is the key ingredient here and is prepared in the most delightful ways. The local cuisine tastes good, so order a few other dishes to go with your favourite seafood and enjoy a wonderful meal. The experience is truly unlike any other. But be warned! If you are looking out for halal food, most of the eateries have no proper certification, just word of mouth.


Places to stay

Looking for a place to stay isn't a difficult task in the least bit in Desaru! You'll be spoilt for choice with several Desaru resorts offering various hotel stay packages with special offers. Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas and the likes offer great options for the wallet as well. Hostels and guest houses are also available for backpackers.


Food, cruises and fireflies

You've had a meal at a normal eatery in Desaru, but what about a floating restaurant? Well, Bujang Seafood Restaurant is a place you simply can't miss out on. Not only is it open for both lunch and dinner, but you can also opt for an evening cruise. You have the choice of joining just the cruise or having meals on the cruise as well. Want to know the best part of all this? The fireflies that come flying in to take the stage for a natural light show! The experience is magical indeed.


The ostrich farm

Now, this is a unique place to visit! How often would you come across an ostrich farm during your travels after all? During your visit, you'll be accompanied by a guide who will educate you with interesting facts about this species of bird. You can also stop by the souvenir shop for some cute merchandise.


The croc farm

This would be one of the best places to visit if you are totally into wildlife. This crocodile farm is home to more than a thousand crocodiles of various shapes, sizes and ages too. The oldest croc here is a hundred years old and huge. If you want to encounter the creatures a little closer, you can opt to feed the crocodiles chicken, of course at an additional charge. You can also hold a baby croc if you dare!