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Top things to do in Desaru - Dive into Malaysia

You will not regret spending your holiday in the coastal town of Desaru located in the Southern end of Malaysia. In addition to its picturesque beaches, you will find a range of must-visit attractions. Here is why you should visit Desaru.


Sandy beaches

Any vacation is incomplete without spending some time at a mesmeric beach. Desaru beach is located overlooking the South China sea. Immerse in endless seascapes as you unwind by the beach with a cocktail to complement the perfect coastal vibe. Both adults and kids can enjoy a good swim in the warm waters as the waves are calm and the depths are shallow. All thrill-seekers can enjoy water sport activities or a round of parasailing. If you are based in one of the many beach resorts in Malaysia the likes of Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas, you will have easy access to Desaru beach and a wealth of attractions around.


Desaru firefly cruise

A firefly cruise through the Sungai Lebam Wetland will be once in a lifetime experience. It is a 40-minute night cruise along the Bujang River where you will also get the opportunity to spot firefly breeding grounds and fireflies lighting the sky. Expect a few of them landing on your hand or even joining you on your cruise. For a complementary experience, combine this activity with a delectable meal at the Bujang seafood restaurant.


Fresh seafood

Savour fresh fish straight from the sea! These seafood delicacies are often offered with aromatic salty-sweet sauce which will whet your appetite. Numerous restaurants around Teluk Sengat and Sungai Rengit offer the best seafood dishes in the area. The chill crab at any restaurant is a must when in Desaru. If you want to enjoy a hearty meal without burning a hole in your pocket, pair your seafood with other dishes in restaurants.


Adventure waterpark

A fun-filled activity to enjoy with your whole family! The thrilling water rides will keep you active and refreshed during your stay. It is also home to the first water coaster in the region - Kraken's Revenge. The waterpark consists of five different theme zones named Penawar River, Penawar Falls, Tidal Wave Beach, Kids Ahoy and Shipwreck Reef. Get lost in these rides and attractions!


Ostrich Farm

This is a fun-filled attraction to visit. It hosts about 100 ostriches making it one of the largest farms in Malaysia. This will be the ideal spot for those who want to get personal and up close with these creatures. It is good to walk around with a caretaker because apart from accompanying you around, they will provide you with interesting facts about ostriches. Once you complete the tour, visit the souvenir shop to purchase some ostrich goodies.


Kota Tinggi Waterfalls

Have a leisurely swim with your friends and kids at Kota Tinggi waterfalls. It cascades down from a 34-metre-high mountain and is located at the foot of Mount Muntahak. If you are ready with food stands and other utensils, the surrounding area is ideal for a picnic. Isn't it a great idea to wind up a hectic day after exploring many an attraction in Desaru?