Desaru, Johor is an up-and-coming destination for seaside enthusiasts due to its pristine beaches and crystal clear water. However, its sandy beaches are not the only attractions – those seeking to be immersed in nature will find Desaru to be a treasure trove beckoning to be explored! The following is a list of exciting places relating to nature that you can visit in the destination:
1. Horseshoe Crab Sanctuary
Belangkas or horseshoe crabs are animals that have withstood the test of time since the age of dinosaurs! Having been in existence for over 200 million years, horseshoe crabs are a species considered as living fossils and you can observe (even hold) these animals at this sanctuary, which aims to reproduce as many horseshoe crabs as possible to save them from extinction.
Horseshoe crab is a popular local delicacy here in Desaru, so try savouring it whenever you’re in town!
2. Watch Fireflies Sparkle at Night with Bujang Boat Fire Fly
Due to rapid development that comes hand in hand with noise pollution, fireflies are now a faint beauty not many can see anymore. However, feast your eyes with the gorgeous flicker of fireflies adorning the mangrove trees while enjoying delicious seafood dinner as you cruise along Sungai Lebam! Watching fireflies with Bujang Boat Fire Fly is an experience that should not be missed because after witnessing how the fireflies beam at night, you would find that the man-made bright city lights couldn’t even compare.
This farm spans 100 acres of land and cultivates more than 100 types of tropical fruits such as rose apple, jackfruit, starfruit, great hog plum, durian and more! Desaru Fruit Farm offers guided tours to ensure visitors get the best educational experience about local fruits, making it a perfect venue to teach city kids where the fruits actually come from, for they are not grown in supermarkets! After touring the farm, enjoy the lavish fruit buffet or opt for lunch comprising fruit-based fusion dishes such as sweet and sour tom yam in coconut that will trigger your taste buds. Don’t forget to bring home fresh fruits!
This is the largest crocodile farm in West Malaysia, and definitely a world of its own. Over 1,000 crocodiles reside here under the loving care of the farm’s owner, Cecilia Ng. You can see many crocodiles ranging from the tailless to the blind and even toothless ones. The oldest crocodile here is over 150 years old! Moreover, stay on to watch the crocodile keepers feed these fierce reptiles. You can even pet a baby crocodile.
Baby crocodiles make duck-like sounds (quack-quack); however, they begin growling like lions as they get older!
5. Tanjung Balau Fishermen Museum
First opened its doors to the public in 1994, this museum is the only of its kind in Malaysia! A museum dedicated to enriching knowledge in seafaring and history of local fishermen, visitors can learn and observe the early history of fishermen from their fishing techniques and tools including superstitions at sea. Visitors can also step into a replica of a fisherman’s house to understand how life must have been like for a fisherman.