I dare say that this is the nicest bridge in Malaysia. Officially, the Sungai Johore bridge is known to be the longest river bridge in Malaysia. Completed in 2011, the bridge cuts travelling time from the 1st causeway to Desaru by 1.5 hours (From 2.5hours to 1 hour).
My previous travels to Desaru was wrought with excitement. From jams to taking wrong turns, things are really so much better now with this bridge. No longer do we have to head up towards Kota Tinggi and then get caught in the jam.
You can go to Kota Tinggi Town by 3 main gateways:
From Johor Bahru, use the Johor Bharu - Kota Tinggi trunk road (45km).
From Mersing town, use Mersing - Kota Tinggi trunk road.
From the North South Expressway, exit at Pasir Gudang interchange (Exit 256).
Desaru: In Kota Tinggi town, take the 92 to the eastcoast for 57km.
Pengerang: In Kota Tinggi town, take the 92.
Kg.S.Rengit: In Kota Tinggi town, take the 92 to the southcoast.
The Sebana Cove ferry service travel from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, Singapore to Sebana Cove and the other way around. A convenient passenger ferry service will transport you directly into Sebana Cove, Johor.
prices: from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal
Adults: 24 SG$ return / 19 SG$ single
Childs: 17 SG$ return / 12 SG$ single
Infant: 4 SG$ return or single
# Inclusive of seaport tax, baggage levy & service charge
# An additional S$1.20 for security tax payable at TMFT and RM1.50 for SGMR
# An additional S$13.00 for fuel surcharge payable at TMFT
MONDAY - SATURDAY
EX-TMFT : 0755 HRS / 1155 HRS /1800 HRS
EX-SGMR : 0905 HRS / 1645 HRS / 1900 HRS
EX-TMFT : 0755 hrs / 1155 hrs / 1545 hrs / 1800 hrs
EX-SGMR : 0905 hrs / 1430 hrs / 1645 hrs / 1900 hrs
When you get to Pengerang, hopefully there will be some taxis waiting. To get to Desaru from Pengerang Ferry Terminal cost us RM 60. I'm not sure if this is average or not - I'd heard it was around RM 40 but I know prices in Singapore have been going up lately, so maybe in Malaysia too.....or perhaps we got the tourist price! But it was a 35-40 minute journey so RM 60 didn't seem excessive.
When we got to Desaru, the cab driver gave us her card and we called her and arranged for her to pick us up the following day. I think it was a good thing we did as the hotel at Desaru said there were only 2 local taxis there, so it might be wise to arrange pick up with the taxi driver you get at Pengarang.
If you go to Changi Point Jetty you can get a bumboat over to Pengerang in Malaysia for just S$8 one way.
The best thing to do is to go early. You cannot pre-book. You turn up at the ferry terminal and give your passport in at the Pengerang desk where they'll take your details down and give it back to you along with the rest of the passengers' passports when the boat is about to depart. The boat won't go until there are 12 passengers so you have to be prepared to wait - there is no ferry schedule here. You pay once you get on the boat - you pay the driver.
Travel light and take a book - the journey takes about an hour.
Tip: coming back, they prefer Ringgit and for some reason the fare coming back is only 12 Ringgit (which is about S$6) - another passenger on the way over told us that it is best to try and come back before 1pm from Malaysia for the best chance of getting a full boat (if the boat doesn't have 12 passengers, you might have to pay the rest yourself!)
Please note: Changi Point Jetty is the one in Changi Village itself, not to be confused with Changi Ferry Terminal which is further south, along Changi Coast Road.
Okay, from Singapore:
Cross the border at woodlands checkpoint. From there, walk to the city-square mall in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. You can't miss it.
Walk past the mall (on the right side, seen from Singapore) untill you come across a bus-stop, also very easy to find.
Wait for bus number 41
The trip will cost you around 7 ringgit, and will take ( depending on traffic conditions ) about 1 - 1,5 hours.
Alight at the last busstop, also very easy, no worries about where to get out, it's just the last stop.
From there, take a taxi and tell the driver to take you to the waterfall, they know what you mean. This will cost you around 24 ringgit for a return.
You can tell the cabdriver to pick you up again at the waterfall after, for example, 2 hours. You should definitely stay longer than 1 hour, because swimming is so good and refreshing there!
To explore the coastline and deserted beaches of Batu Layar and Tanjung Punggai along Trunk Route 90, driving is the best way to get around.
Admire the tall grasses and fields that flank Trunk Route 90.
If you travel from Singapore, you can take ferry from Singapore Changi Ferry Terminal to Tanjong Belungkor by Ferrylink (Tel: 6546 8518 ) operates four sailing a day. The ferry has capacity for 400 passengers and 70 cars. You have to take land transfer (2 way) from Tanjung Belungkor to Desaru at S$10 per person traveling in Mini Van.
Ferry leaves Singapore 8am, 11pm & 5pm during weekday and additional on 2pm on weekend. Return ferry schedule is 9.30am, 12.30pm, 3.30pm & 6.30pm. The ferry price is $28.00 return trip + seaport tax of $4.00. Children fare is $18.00.
There are also other ferry operator with smaller ferry and lower price but without the deck for car. You can see other tip for the information.
Local bus service
Bus service: Take bus 43(Lombong / waterfalls) of Transit Link at bus bay 1
Estimated bus frequency: Approx 1.5hrs
Cost : RM 2.00 per person
Duration : approx. 30-45mins
Remarks: Bus ticket is bought on the bus
: Bus stop at the carpark in front of Wet World resort.
: There are no bus shelter
: The bus would make a U-turn in the carpark before heading back to town!!
Cruise Ferries serveýý between Changi Ferry Terminal (Singapore) and Tg. Belungkor, operating the passengers ferries 4 - 5 sailings daily, in addition to Sebana Ferry operating 3 sailings a day between Tanah Merah (Singapore) and Sebana Cove ý Resort Desaru Perdana Beach Resort is located just 35 km from the ferry terminal with the travelling time of 30 minutes by the coach or van.
The ferries in service have capacity of 50 - 150 passengers.
1) You can take a cab to Johor Bahru from Queenstreet (near Bugis / opposite Sim Lim Tower). The cab ride costs S$7 per person. A minimum of 4 persons is needed before the cab will take you to Johor Bahru.
2) From Johor Bahru, you then take another cab directly to Kota Tinggi Town. The cab ride should cost about RM$55.
1) Take a direct bus from Queenstreet (near Bugis / opposite Sim Lim Tower) to Larkin Bus Interchange.
2) From Larkin Bus Interchange, take an Express Bus to Kota Tinggi Bus Interchange at RM 3.50 per person (1hour).
From the Changi beach ferry point leaves a bum boat to the small town of Pengerang in Kota Tinggi, Johor.