This alternative surfing destination is soon just a ferry ride away.

Sandy white beaches, a surfer’s paradise, and an adventure waterpark — if you’re looking for an alternative weekend getaway, here’s some good news: an upcoming ferry ride will soon be taking us straight to Desaru Coast in just under 90 minutes.

Beach and chairs - Desaru Coast

Photo credit: Desaru Coast Malaysia via Facebook

Batam Fast Ferry Boat - Desaru Coast

Photo credit: Batam Fast

Previously, getting to Desaru meant driving up to two hours from Singapore, or taking the ferry to Tanjung Belungkor Ferry Terminal, followed by a 30–45 minute taxi ride to Desaru.

But from 7 July 2022, Desaru Coast Ferry Terminal will be operating a direct ferry between Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and Desaru Coast Ferry Terminal from Thursday to Sunday.

Tickets and ferry service schedules will be available on both Desaru Coast and Batam Fast websites from 30 June 2022.

Here’s what to expect on your next trip to Desaru.

1) Get Wet & Wild at Adventure Water Park

Water playground - Adventure Waterpark

Photo credit: Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast via Facebook

Adventure Waterpark is set against the backdrop of a traditional Malaysian fishing village and features more than 20 rides and attractions for families.

Apart from a surf simulator and a kid’s play area, the water park has one of the biggest wave pools in the world and many other exciting attractions!

Cost: From RM94/pax (~S$30)
Opening hours: 10AM – 6PM (Thu – Sun), closed from Mon – Wed

Some of the highlights in this waterpark:

Zone: Shipwreck Reef — Kraken’s Revenge

Roller Coaster and water slide - Adventure Waterpark

Photo credit: Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast via Facebook

If you love roller coasters and flume rides, this ride combines both. The Kraken’s Revenge takes riders up to 30m high and spins them through a full 360º loop before throwing them down a 27m-drop into the pool of water below.

Zone: Penawar Falls — Swinging Ship

Pirate ship - Adventure Waterpark

Photo credit: Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast via Facebook

You’ll either love it or hate it — the Swinging Ship swings up to 180º in both directions for the complete stomach-flipping and nausea-inducing feeling 😝

Zone: Penawar RiverThe Tempest

Huge round water slide - Adventure Waterpark

Photo credit: Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast via Facebook

Besides a ride through two funnels, prepare for thrilling swings and zero-gravity moments through a 7m-drop and a massive vortex!


2) Splash & Surf Down at Wild Boar Bay

People Surfing at Desaru Coast - Desaru Coast

Photo credit: Desaru Surfaris via Facebook

With year-round sunny weather and large waves from October to March, Desaru is home to many surfing spots! One being Wild Boar Bay — a popular area where you’ll find sandy breaks and three-foot waves.

Not only do you get to join an amazing community of surfers who are ever willing to share helpful advice, surf lessons are also available here for beginners starting out.

Cost of surfboard rental: RM60 (~S$19) for 4hrs, RM90 (~S$28) for 1 day
Cost of surfing lesson: RM90 (~S$28) for 2hrs, RM120 (~S$38) for 4hrs
Opening hours: 9AM – 6PM, depends on season

3) Hop on an ATV and Tour a Fruit Farm

People riding ATV - Desaru Coast

Photo credit: Desaru Coast

Head on an agricultural journey at Desaru Fruit Farm — but instead of old-school walking, you’ll be riding an ATV the whole way 😉

On this guided tour, explore the vegetable and herb garden, plus sample some tropical fruits including durian, rambutans, papayas, and more en route.

Cost: From RM55/pax (~S$17)

4) Cruise Along Mangroves in an Eco Tour

Family sitting on a boat - Desaru Coast

Photo credit: @desarucoastmalaysia via Instagram

Hop on a half-day eco-tour cruising along the mangroves of Desaru.

Along the way, listen to traditional stories and superstitions of local fishermen as told by friendly guides, and learn about the culture there!

*Note: Tours are subject to weather conditions

Cost: RM200/pax (~S$63), min. 4 pax
How to book a tour: Email [email protected] or Whatsapp +6019 791 2217

5) Stroll Along the Desaru Coast Beach

People sitting on beach - Desaru Coast

Photo credit: Desaru Coast Malaysia via Facebook

A trip to the Desaru beach resorts isn’t complete without a stroll along the sandy white beaches. Learn more about the coastal environment and rock pools on this 90-minute tour, or just lay out a mat and enjoy the beach.

Cost: RM80/pax (~S$25), min. 10 pax
Opening hours: Depends on the tide schedule, closed on Mon

A Quick Weekend Getaway

Legs by the poolside - Desaru Coast

Photo credit: Desaru Coast Malaysia via Facebook

With ferry services between Singapore and Desaru launching on 7 July 2022, we can now look forward to an epic adventure beyond our shores.

This adds one more destination to our weekend getaways, on top of the Riau Islands of Bintan and Batam where ferry services have already resumed earlier this year.

Hopefully, as travel opens up, we’re able to head to more places for relaxing yet action-packed weekends ahead!

Featured image: Desaru Coast Malaysia via Facebook

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