Desaru, when translated from Malay, means “village of soft palms”. For many a year, the villagers could enjoy its quiet beachscapes. The infrastructure here wasn’t enough for tourism; however, with the introduction of a new resort area with some of the best beach resorts in Malaysia, it has started its steady transformation into a thriving tourist hotspot.
The long stretch of immaculate beach which runs for 15 miles down to the pristine waters of the South China Sea fringed by tall palm and casuarina trees is reason enough to spend your holiday in Desaru. The azure waters are ideal for swimming, stand-up paddle boating, and a number of other water activities.
During your stay at one of the properties in Desaru such as Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas, sign up for a guided cruise that will take you right up to traditional fishermen. Weave through thick jungles of mangroves towards hidden islands to meet locals.
Desaru Fruit Farm
Head down to Desaru Fruit Farm for a guided stroll through its many acres of tropical fruit groves. Caution – the deep brown, caramelised banana chips from the farm could be pretty addictive!
If you’re at the Gold Coast with your kids, Adventure Waterpark is a must-visit destination. Enjoy the longest lazy river ride in the country here.