Splendid beaches, golden sand baking in the sun. Miles and miles of unspoilt sand. This part of the beach that I went to is maintained by the resort and I'm pretty sure that not all parts of Desaru beach is that pristine.
One interesting point to note is that there are no ships for miles away. This adds to the whole feel of a seemingly undisturbed beach.
There are more than 100 ostriches in the showfarm and their ages ranging from new-born to around 10 years old. Although ostrich may not be part of the extinct animal in the world, there is a lot of interesting facts about them that most people do not know.
In Ostrich Showfarm, you may get to see unusal sights LIVE! However luck plays a very important role, your timing must be right as all these sights cannot be arranged or controlled by man.
Open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission charges: RM8.00 per adult and RM4.00 per child.
Ostrich ride charges: RM 15.00 per adult and RM10.00 per child (include ride, certificate and an instant photograph). If you want to laminate the certificate, it will cost another addition RM 3.00
Ostrich Wonderland is also known as Ostrich Showfarm in Desaru where they rear more than 100 ostriches. The main aim of setting up this showfarm is to exhibit the ostriches to the public and allow them to know more about ostriches, their habits, mating seasons and etc. They also have a group of experienced personnels to guide you around the farm and educate both you and your family about these fascinating creatures.
They have farms in both Kuala Lumpur and Teluk Ramunia (Kota Tinggi, Johor). The Kuala Lumpur farm is more towards breeding of the ostriches and it has been around for more than 5 years while Teluk Ramunia farm just started in Mar 2001. This farm is more catered to the public and the main aim is to educate and create public awareness.
Before packing ourselves into the flat hull boat, all willing participants were required to put on a life jacket. So what was this about? Well, we were taking a boat ride to catch the fireflies in their full regalia!
We set sail along the Johor river and truly, I did not know what I should expect. Will there be mozzies? How about Crocs? Well, all those worries were unfounded. The boat ride was wondeful, and we even had the opportunity to star gaze as there was hardly any light around that region.
When we caught sight of the fireflies, it really looked like giant Christmas trees. Glittering, seemingly glowing lights. It was truly breath-taking. Clever ol me had wanted to take a picture but it was pitch dark and it was definitely not possible to catch their glow without the use of flash, which means that the glow wouldn't appear in the photo anyway.
So leave nature as it is; It should just be for one's enjoyment.
I'd never thought I'd say this, the baby crocs are just so cute. We were allowed to hold/caress/touch/kiss the lil one. The big grin that it shows also makes the lil croc more loveable.
Frankly, the owners were more afraid of us squeezing these babies to death than they biting us.
Fearsome creature from prehistoric time,the crocodiles can live for more than 100 years. The worker at the farm shared that some crocodiles were first bred by the first generation, and it has outlived that generation. What's more, these crocodiles are so old that they have lost their teeth.
But when the worker used a stick to disturb their restive state, these old burleys were still able to show you who're the bosses. Their jaws snapped with such verocity that even though they may be without teeth, the strength of their jaws who have decapitated...something! Don'twant to be gruesome here!
Just when you thought that the dinosaur era has past eons ago, there stood a weird little bird-like creature. Body of a bird but a head of a...I guess you have to define what it is like by yourself.
This bird is known as cassowary. My students suggested that it looked like the character in the movie Avatar. The Cassawary is the owner's guard dog of such. It will help the owner to guide the ostriches, while ensuring a high level of discipline among the farm animals. Fierce!
Looking at the ostriches, you'd know that these creatures are from prehistoric times. Birds with feathers but can't fly. They are the craziest birds as they plant their heads into the ground to escape from their enemies. At the end of the day, these fellas were all so gentle that they'd even allow you to take pictures with them.
Their eggs are huge and we were told that these eggs are much healthier that chicken eggs. So why are we not eating their eggs? Anyway, the eggs are so strongly built that you can even stand on them without breaking.
I was telling our guide that we were truly city pumpkins. We know not about animals and how they live. We know the words, "So cute". The visit to the farm truly allowed us to get close and personal with these animals.
There were monkeys, goats, and even small lab mice.
I'd been to Desaru a couple of times, but I'd never visited the Fruit Farm as I was either too lazy to leave the resort, or if I remembered correctly, my daughter was asleep when my friends visited the farm.
This time, I was there with my students and I was game to see and try anything. We were introduced to the different types of fruits that were grown on the farm. They have dragon fruit, durian, and other fruits that I could barely remember. The guide also showed us how they kept the bees. All in all, the tour was still worth it.
The Ostrich Showfarm was started by Ostrich farmer and entrepreneur Colin Teh 13 years ago with 32 birds... It was moved to the present location in 2001 and now there are more than 300 birds... Ostriches are kept in pens in the farm... They eat, sleep and mate... Each bird eats about seven kg of a healthy vegetarian diet of grass, soya and corn with vegetable protein supplements daily... They can live up to 60 years and females aged between 2 and 25 years can lay up to 1,000 eggs each in its life span...
Ostriches to taught to dance ballet and the shakey-shake... Some are trained and are tame enough to ride on... Ostriches will kick in self-defence, so it makes sense not to provoke them...
The showfarm has a souvenir shop, wher you can buy products derived from ostriches such as bags, pouches, wallets and shoes... Ostrich feathers dyed in pretty colours make excellent dusters because they are anti-static and do not trap dust... There is also a showcase displaying an attractive range of eggshells painted with illustrations and Chinese calligraphy... There are also eggshell lampshades, fitted with wooden stands and bulbs on their base... If you enjoy exotic meat, there’s dried ostrich meat sold in sealed packets... It tastes like beef but is more tender and said to be healthier... Dried ostrich bones and tendons can be boiled and taken as a soup to help to relieve conditions like arthritis and ostrich oil ointment helps relieve skin problems and headaches... extract from nst...
The Ostrich Showfarm is opened daily from 10.00am to 6.00pm... The entrance fee is RM10 for adults and RM6 for children below 10 years...
The farm organises a tour package to see the farm... There is an agricultural gallery, vegetable plots, fruit farm of some 100 varieties of fruits, a fish pond, a mini zoo and a bee aviary...
The farm is opened from 8.00am to 6.00pm daily... The entrance fee is RM15.00 for adults and RM10.00 for children between 3 to 12 years old... There is also a showroom whether its produces are sold to visitors but the prices are rather high taking advantage of tourists to the area...
The waterfall is renowed, not only for its continuous rush of cascading cool waters that run the slopes originating from Gunung Panti, but also for its beautiful, tropical surrounding flora and fauna... Water cascades down the slopes of Gunung Muntahak from a height of 34m into 3 natural swimming pools which make safe swimming...
For overnight accommodation, the waterfall has amidst its natural surrounding, a resort with a hotel of 43 rooms and 20 hillside chalet... The resort also features a lobby, clubhouse, food courts, souvenir shop, convention hall and meeting rooms...
The waterfall area is opened daily from 8.00am to 7.00pm... The Waterfall View Restaurant is opened from 8.00am to 9.00pm while the Food Court and Gift Shop from 9.00am to 6.00pm (or 8.00am to 7.00pm pm weekends and public holidays)... The Putra Lounge is opened from 10.00am to 12.00midnight daily... Entrance fees is RM2.5 for adults and RM1.20 for children...
We took the fireflies cruise package from our resort. Cost RM20.00 per pax. We were picked up from the resort, drove about 15mins to the river. Then we took a boat ride to the river to view the fireflies.
See fireflies in a river. This is a tour that you can book with your hotel and probably the only thing to do at night if you want to venture out of your hotel. I paid RM 35 per person. For city slickers who have never seen fire flies before, this should not be missed. The trip to the river was in itself an adventure. We were picked up from the hotel and taken through an oil palm plantation that was completely dark. The road was full of pot holes and we had absolutely no idea where we were heading. Thanks to the skillfulness of our driver we got there safe and sound after about 30-40mins. We boarded a fairly large boat which was very stable and took us down a very quiet and peaceful river. We didn't have to go far to start seeing fireflies and it was indeed a fantastic sight. We also learnt from the boatmen how to get the fireflies to switch on the their lights. Overall, it was an experience I would definitely recommend.
The Kota Tinggi Waterfall is a must see if you are in the vicinity and have never taken a swim in a waterfall. It is part of a resort now and so one can actually stay in chalets there if you want. Most people however just stop by for a few hours. Its is great for kids because they have installed slides too. Unfortunately, that has also spoilt the natural beauty of the place. For a more natural setting, climb up the stairs next to the waterfall at the bottom and you will be led to another waterfall at the top, which is not so crowded.
The water can be cold but it is definitely worth going in for a dip and especially to sit under the waterfall and feel the sheer force of the water. So don't forget to bring your swimming attire. Admission charges apply. As of 1 Sep 09 - RM 9 per person and RM 5 for car.