Desaru is a beach town in the district of
Kota Tinggi in the State of Johor. Desaru is widely known as a tourist destination, attracting flocks of local and international tourists because of its pristine beaches and exciting waterparks. The coastline of Desaru stretches across 22 km and hugs the South China Sea. The Johor state government has allocated 1,578 hectares of land in Desaru, especially dedicating it for tourism. Being in the East Coast of Malaysia, Desaru experiences seasonal monsoons between the months of November and February. June to August sees the most tourist as the weather is inviting with calm waters. The main residential areas in Desaru include Bandar Penawar, Taman Sri Penawar and Taman Desaru Utama. Neighbouring this coastal town is Benut.
Desaru is accessible by the Senai-Desaru Expressway and its bridge across the Johor River. This town is approximately 60 minutes away from Johor Bahru by car. Those from Singapore can also use the passenger ferry system that operates 2 services daily on weekdays and 4 services daily on weekends between Changi Ferry Terminal in Singapore and Tanjong Belungkor Ferry Terminal in Belungkor, Johor. As for public transport to get around in Desaru, there are no internal busses or trains but taxis serve the area for those who do not drive.
Desaru is not lacking in amenities for the convenience of its local residents and tourists. There are plenty of recreational activities to be engaged in in Desaru such as the white sandy beach along the coastline where the whole family can enjoy a morning or afternoon to just relax and unwind in the lovely breeze. There are also more exciting activities at the beach suited for thrill seekers such as surfing, kiteboarding, parasailing and other water-based activities. Other than that, golf enthusiasts would be pleased to know that the Els Club Desaru Coast Golf Course is within the vicinity for a round or 2 of golf or even just practicing at the driving range. Those who have not learnt the sport can also pick it up there as there is a golf academy for adults and children alike to learn up the sport. Not only that, the kids will definitely enjoy a day at the Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark where different exciting rides are available. A day out at the Desaru Fruit Farm and Ostrich Wonderland would be sure to occupy the kids on the weekends.
Besides recreational activities, residents of Desaru find amazing seafood restaurants and local delicacies at Medan Selera Desa Food Court, Terminal Café and Riverside. Other than that, most resorts in Desaru also has their own restaurants open to the public. For groceries, there is a wholesale market called Pasaraya Borong Sakan Bandar Penawar where fresh fruits and vegetables can be bought. There are also other supermarkets in the area available for grocery shopping including Maslee Express Supermarket, Wan Ho Desaru Enterprise, Fresh Hub Bandar Penawar as well as Arrto Enterprise. For shopping, there is a neighbourhood mall, SKS City Mall where basic shopping can be done.
For healthcare services, many clinics are available within the vicinity such as Klinik Adham Cawangan Bandar Penawar, Klinik Idaman and Klinik RelyOn Bestari, providing ease of mind to the residents of Desaru should any medical emergencies arise.
Families with school-going children will be happy to find that there are primary and secondary schools in Desaru such as Sekolah Menengah Sains Kota Tinggi, Sekolah Sukan Bandar Penawar and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Agama Bandar Penawar.
The properties in Desaru are a mix of freehold and leasehold projects. The properties here have a median price of MYR 320,000 or median price psf of MYR 347. This neighbourhood offers a vast variety of property projects for both investors and home owners with the likes of Tiara Desaru Seaview Residence, Taman Marinea 1, Desaru Utama, Bandar Pernawar, Desaru, Desaru Sri Penawar as well as Taman Bayu Damai Pengerang.
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