Desaru has amongst the best beaches in Johor. Many return visitors have agreed that its white sandy beaches are a sight to behold.
The beaches are clean, lined with casuarina trees and stretches 25 kilometres long. Visitors can enjoy fun-filled activities such as fishing, boating, swimming, hiking as well as other outdoor activities.
Take the opportunity to also relax or get a much needed tan under the sun, whilst listening to the rushing waves and enjoying the cool breeze.
Opt to stay at the numerous hotels, resort and chalets dotting the area.
The waterfalls are 36 meters high, and are located at the base of the 634 meter high Gunung Muntahak mountain. The cool river water drains through a series of shallow pools ideal for swimming. The natural beauty of some parts of the location has somewhat been spoiled by resort development with artificial landscaping.
The Kota Tinggi park was made famous by the river and the waterfall. It is the focal point of the day's outing. This is one waterfall that is southernmost and near to urban Singapore. Over the years and growing demands, the Park area was upgraded continuously. The place is hardly recognize as a forest park, it is as crowded and developed as any theme park in the region.
The area of the park itself is relatively small. It has a gigantic car park, almost half the area of the park. From the car park to the main waterfall area, is a beeline line along the bank of the river. This walking distance is approximately a kilometer.
All the way paved. Going in, on the left, the food outlets and stalls. Then on the right, the river itself. There are railings along the banks and the river itself is kept free of rubbish. Picnickers would be on a lookout for any empty spaces in the river. Places where the water is flowing, plant them selves there and enjoy great outdoor nature in that spot. The depth of water in the stream is hardly more than half meter in any spot.
I think that the best part of the trip, is to witness an authentic waterfall. One created made by nature. Of course, this river that flows down from the low hills of Muntahak [634m high] could not be bringing along a large volume of water. Likewise the gush of water through the waterfalls is not always dramatic as it can be.
Monkeys: The most fun in the park is when all visitors have left, around 6 pm is perfect. Sit somewhere around the restaurant and keep focused on the waterslide. Countless monkeys will come to clean up all the human leftovers, sliding down the tube, swinging in the trees and drinking from left behind juice-cans....it's absolutely amazing :)
Be close and personal with the largest bird on earth, feel the egg, buy interesting souvenir and if your are lucky see it hatch before your eyes.
The ostrich farm is located about 2km outside sungei rengit, has about 300 ostriches ranging from one-day old chick, still encased in its shell, to 30-year old adults. the original ostriches were bought from africa at the cost of rm$20k each. an ostrich can live up to 75 years although 50 years is the norm.
Most of the ostriches are kept in enclosures but there are a few free-roaming ones. they are so used to having people around them that they will gamely pose for pictures. they will also allow visitors to touch them and stroke their leathery neck.
The diet of the ostriches consists mainly of seeds and plant matter. they are fed three meals a day. the adult male is easily distinguishable from the female by its red beak, black feathers and bigger size.
The female ostrich lays egg on alternate days and after laying twelve eggs, it takes a break. each ostrich egg weighs about 1.5kg and its content is equivalent to 25 ordinary eggs. there are many more female ostriches (hens) than male ostriches (cocks) on the farm. each male will mate with about five females.
FEES: admission charge is rm$10 for an adult and rm$5 for a child. they have part-time guides to show you around and give a commentary on what you see on the farm.
Desaru Fruit Farm is planted with a variety of tropical fruits such as starfruit, jackfruit, soursop, honey orange, the king of fruits the durian and much more. There are 160 acres farmed with tropical fruits here.
Desaru Fruit Farm also has a mini zoo, fish pond and many other exciting attractions! Ride on a bullock cart and explore the the huge fruit farm, or spend a night or two with the available packages.
Visit www.desaruff.com to get an idea of the variety of fruits they have there.
think the tour will be enjoyable and educational? NOT!
i took a 2D1N trip to the farm just last weekend, which includes 3 meals at the fruit farm.
When we first reached the place...the farm management - Steve (yes..the well-endowed man who is the semi-"mascot" of the farm) introduced himself to the tour group.
For breakfast - we had a good spread of fruits and some very not memorable breakfast (nasi lemak/fried bee hoon)
ok...i was expecting exotic fruits like what the website mentioned..but let me tell you what we had: dragonfruit; watermelon;papaya; jackfruit;er.. the rest i can't remember...it's kind of sad that dragonfruit was the highlight of the meal?!?.. (i was expecting more fruits like what they show on the website)...
Ok nevermind.. maybe better programs and fruits after breakfast
It's a fruit farm tour right??
Ok.. after breakfast...we started on our fruit farm tour.
The lady guide was very nice, patiently described to us the various fruit trees/plants as we walked through the farm. I have to commend her effort in telling us the plant/how long it takes to bear fruit/how to choose a good fruit/how they grow their plants/trees etc...
But as much she liked to... there was very limited time as we were given only about 1-1.5 hour to tour the farm. During the tail end of the tour, the tour guides (the Fruit Farm employed guides from Singapore and Malaysia) were dismissing us from the farm - like we were pests...Threatening us that the bus will be leaving without us etc.
It was sad cos' me and my nephew were here to learn about fruits, isn't it?
And why did they rush us back?
So that they could introduce their honey products through an "educational" talk.
Really..we could have that extra 45 min to tour the farm if we didn't want to sit through the "educational" sales talk right?
Dinner was disappointing as well.
It was labelled a "Durian feast" when we took on the tour package. How will you define a feast? ...being able to eat probably 3 x the portion you usually will eat right?
But when it was time to distribute the durians...we had to be queueing in line (like how army ration food)..they were rationing their durians to the tour group.
I will call this bad planning on the management side.
Fruits?!? - not any more interesting compared to the breakfast/lunch. I guess the highlight was er... dragonfruit AGAIN?!?
Going by how "good" the management is.. i really doubt that it meets it eco-tourism standards.
Avoid the fruit farm with a huge group.
Avoid the farm if you know there is some other huge grp tour there as well (cos i saw other suffering individuals who were cursing that they chose the wrong time to tour the farm).
They are other more worthwhile things to do in desaru:
1. Lazing at the beach
2. Going for the fireflies cruise in Kota Tinggi
Get the idea?
*disclaimer: perhaps my group size was too huge (300+) and the management of the farm, just decided to let the service standards drop... i have no idea.. but just sharing my experience, so that you can make ur choice on whether it's a trip worth going or not.*
I've been travelling around, but never had any bad experiences whether in japan, italy, india, london etc. (so i dun normally post anything here) So am writing this tip here.. just for your reference.
20 minutes from Desaru located Tanjung Balau a fishing village . Here you can visit Fisherman Museum which display various equipment used by the fisherman to support their livelihood such as glass buoy and traps. you can find the different between malay and chinese fishermen in term of their equipment.good for my kids
One of the reason i bring my family here is to watch the fireflies, glowing in the thousands on the berembang trees that line the banks of the Johor River. Just like Chrismas tree .its started at 930 pm -1030pm,package from hotel rm 35 -adult,20 -kids,but if you adventure enough drive yourself to the river banks which cheaper by rm 15 perhead ,but remember the road is dark and bumpy
I consider this to be one of my best VT-'things to do tips' ever ;)
Plan your trip to the kota tinggi waterfall at the end of the day, maybe from 4 till 7 pm or so. At around 6 pm, leave the waterfall area and get yourself a drink or icecream from the local supermarket or restaurent. Sit down somewhere facing the waterslide ( you can't miss it..) and just wait. Wait, wait and wait for the countless monkeys to come and clean up all the human leftovers like chocolates, cookies, rice etc. You won't believe your eyes when you see all the monkeys sliding down the tube, swinging in the trees and drinking from left behind juice-cans....it's absolutely amazing :)
The monkeys will appear when most visitors have left or are leaving the area, about half an hour before sunset.
At Desaru Fruit Farm, you will discover Malaysia's unbelievable variety of fruits. Occupying an area of 100 acres, 50 acres are planted with honey orange. On the remaining 50 acres are planted about 100 types of seasonal and non-seasonal tropical fruit trees.
Since it's establishment in 1994, the Farm has emerged as one of the largest agro-tourism farms in Malaysia and attracts more than 150,000 visitors a year all parts of the globe.
Visitors may choose from the different tour packages available ranging from farm tour, fruit buffet, agro educational tour, bullock-cart riding, agricultural gallery, vegetable plot, educational talk on bees and raw honey.
Kota Tinggi Waterfall is the most popular spot for tourist and even locals during the break. It is a best place for family activities and also a fun day for a big group of friends.
Just 14km away from Kota Tinggi town, it provide a clean and nice place for outing.
The waterfall has formed many levels of pools that able to accomodate hundreds of people.
You don't have to bring your swimsuit, just a short and t-shirt and jump into the cold water.
update 2006: I am not sure if this is a bad news, the management has double up the entrance fee from the above mentioned price..... no extra facilities and it is only the nature.... how can people just trade nature into their own pocket money..... I refused to visit any more.
It has always been here. It has always been a magnet for anyone from Singapore. Kota Tinggi waterfalls is a misnomer of sorts as the proper name for the falls is actually Lombong Falls. Also known as Pelepah Falls.
Do what comes naturally when you arrive. Take a swim.
Tropical Fruits Galore. However the fee is rather expensive. What? To see fruit trees that can be found in my backyard for some time ago for RM10 per person? Well, I guess for someone who does not know how these trees look like would not mind paying.
They are small hills located in the Kota Tinggi area. These hills are in the same vicinity as the Kota Tinggi waterfalls which actually comes from Gunung Muntahak. Both hills are quite easily accessible from Singapore.
Gunung Panti is very popular as a day trip for many novice trekkers, bird-watchers and so on. It takes about an average of 2-3 hours to walk up to the summit and about 2 hours to come down. Panti's vegetation is a mix of secondary and logged primary forest.
Gunung Muntahak is located much deeper in the Panti forest reserve. The entrance is at the entrance to the Kota Tinggi waterfall resort.
Situated 56 km north of Johor Bahru and 16 km from Kota Tinggi. A popular holiday and picnic area. Food and accommodation are available there. Water cascades down the slopes of Gunung Muntahak (624m). The cool water provides a cooling and refreshing feelings from the tropical hea.
Not for the faint hearted, this is an activity to test your physical endurance and sense of adventure. Situated alongside the Kota Rainforest resort, Gunung Panti stands proud, all 1500 metres of it. The trek ranges from easy to moderately difficult. Be prepared to brave slippery stones, winding roots and fallen trees just to experience the natural beauty of the rainforest. See large ants nests, bee hives and exotic plants along the 13km track. Be sure to look out for leeches although do not be troubled by it as you will be properly guided on how to keep leeches at bay.