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A Desaru weekend – Of palm trees, fruit farms and fireflies

Looking for a short break during the Vesak day long weekend we decided to go to Desaru.  We were contemplating whether we should take the road or take a ferry from Changi jetty.  This being our  first trip to Desaru, we settled for the safer ferry trip from Changi ferry terminal.  Our ferry was supposed to leave at 10.30am.  However, bus 2 from Tanah Merah which we took for the first time took a long winding path and we reached late by 5 mins  at Changi Point ferry terminal which to add to our disappointment was not the correct ferry terminal.  We hurriedly took a taxi to Changi ferry terminal which is near the cargo complex but we were not allowed to board the ferry.  So we spent the morning at Changi beach and took the next ferry trip at 3.30pm.

The ferry ride which is owned by Indo Falcon was a very pleasant ride as we were the only passengers on the ferry.  It takes 30mins from Changi  ferry terminal to Tg. Belungkor.  After reaching Tg. Belungkor the shuttle bus from Pulai Desaru resort was waiting to pick us up at the terminal.  Along the road to the resort we saw the endless rows of palm trees on both sides of the road.  In another 20mins we were at the Pulai Desaru resort.  This resort in the heart of Desaru has one of the most beautiful stretch of 22km of uninterrupted beach in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

The Pulai Desaru resort is a very beautiful resort with rooms facing the garden and the pool.  It has a lot of amenities like indoor restaurants Palm Brasserie and Teppan Japanese restaurant, Lounge, table-tennis, kids play room, internet, pool tables, swimming pool etc.  The only drawback was there wasn’t a gymnasium.  However, Desaru is a very peaceful and laid back  place.

We didn’t go for too many activities, except for the fruit farm tour and the fireflies cruise.  The fruit farm tour was an eye-opener.  At 10mins by land transfer from the resort the 90 acre tropical fruit farm is a showcase of fruits from Asia. Our guide gave us a very nice account of the various fruits like passion fruit, dragon fruit, bread fruit, guava, durian, jackfruit, jambu, mangosteen, mango etc.  We also visited the mini-zoo within the farm.  We also got a talk on the preparation of honey, its importance and how to check the quality of  honey that we buy at markets.

We also took a long walk on the beach.  The beach is very clean and there are lot of tables for sitting and enjoying the view.  There are also many hammocks and we saw many people relax in the shade.

At 8pm we took a fireflies cruise.   The fireflies are a dying breed with urbanization and destruction of our natural flora and fauna.  A wetland reserve of Desaru’s berembang trees is home to millions of fireflies that light up the lebam river. At the cruise terminal there are a lot of seafood stalls.  We were given life-jackets to wear on the cruise.  This river cruise on a moonlit night went through  a dense jungle route and we could see a lot of fireflies glowing in the night.  This cruise was very unique and memorable.

We enjoyed relaxing in the room, taking a swim in the swimming pool and playing table-tennis when we were free.

All in all, it was a truly relaxing getaway!

  1. May 17, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    wonderful virtual tour!

    • May 18, 2011 at 11:26 am

      Thanks magiceye

      • Raja lakshmi
        June 13, 2012 at 8:13 am

        Hi Sajeev, I would like to know how you arranged tranport too. I had a hard time doing it through the agent as they only have packages with both transport and accomodation. Because they take very long to get the hotel booking confirmed, I thought I nearly cannot go. Also, I think it will be cheaper if I arrange transport myself.

      • June 13, 2012 at 2:05 pm

        Hi Raja lakshmi,
        They had an online site but now it is no more active. Probably they have started doing it through the hotel. Anyway, wish you all the best!

  2. Shaz
    May 19, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Hi how did u get your ferry tickets? Did u book through an agent or buy it direct at the terminal?

  3. May 19, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Fabulous trip you had it seems and the place looks heavenly!

  4. May 22, 2011 at 3:41 am

    Excellent post. Well written. And some strikingly attractive pictures. Keep blogging Saj

  5. JC
    May 28, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Hi Sajeev, I wanted to book tickets for Desaru, but both the emails provided by you are not in use.
    Please let me know one thing, do we need to do some advance booking or we get the tickets anytime.

    If u have a contact number, then pls mail me.

    • May 29, 2011 at 1:01 am

      Hi – I booked the tickets for the resort online and got it confirmed. Then I proceeded to get the ferry tickets. I will send
      you the contact numbers for the ferry:)

  6. anoliak89
    June 11, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Hi Sajeev,

    I would like to book tickets to Desaru as well. Do you mind sending me the contact number to book the ferry too? Thanks! 🙂

    • June 11, 2011 at 9:14 am

      Hi anoliak89 – I have sent you the contacts for the ferry booking and their email contact too. enjoy your holiday:)

  7. ct
    June 17, 2011 at 2:43 am

    can me too have the correct email add n the active phone number as the one i got were not in use..thank u ya

  8. Val
    July 5, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Hi! Could I have the email and contact number too? I just bought tix to desaru but not inclusive of the transportation! Ur help is greatly appreciated!! Thanks!!

  9. DY
    July 6, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Same here, can’t seem to get the contact number for the ferry. Would greatly appreciate your reply! Thank you!

  10. GD
    July 15, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Hi, can i have the number for the ferry too? Thanks!

  11. Iggy
    September 15, 2011 at 3:17 am

    Can I check if the transfer for the resort is provided by the hotel itself at no extra charge?

    For the Fruit Farm & Firefly tour, both can be booked at the resort or book beforehand?

    Can pass me the contacts for the ferry tickets, Fuit Farm & Firefly tours?
    Thanks for your patience with all the questions. 🙂

    • September 15, 2011 at 3:34 am

      Hi Iggy,
      The transfer for the resort is not free – there is a charge .. for this you can write to the resort or ask them when you are doing the booking. As for the fruit farm and firefly tour we booked them during our stay at the resort.

  12. Iggy
    September 15, 2011 at 3:38 am

    Hi Sajeevs,
    Thanks for the info!

    Do you remember how much for both tours?

  13. hong
    December 27, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Hi can I please have the contact for booking ferry ticket to Desaru? Thanks a lot.

  14. melissa yeo
    February 5, 2012 at 6:52 pm


    for the fruit farm and firefly tours, do anyone has any contact number or email so that i can book directly to the organiser.

    do not intend to stay in the hotel as we will be staying with our friend in jb.

  15. rashmi
    June 19, 2012 at 6:04 am

    hey nice article. can u pls tell me if there are any good indian veg options available at desaru?

    • June 19, 2012 at 7:43 am

      Hi rashmi – It may prove a bit difficult finding veg food there. you may have to carry stocks:)

  16. min
    August 9, 2012 at 3:42 am

    Hi,How much is the ferry tickets to desaru?

  17. rajeev
    December 19, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Hi can I please have the contact for booking ferry ticket to Desaru? Thanks a lot.

    • December 23, 2012 at 11:31 am

      Hi rajeev, I heard that there is no ferry booking now. So you may have to make a road trip

  18. June 14, 2013 at 10:21 am

    I like the pics, especially the palms. Sad to hear about the firefly decline – are there any measures to conserve their habitats?

  19. September 13, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Wonderful blog,this post is reflection of the beauty of the pictures.Thank you you for following my blog.Best regards.Jalal

  20. April 30, 2015 at 1:56 am

    Your trip sounds and looks fabulous, thanks for all the great photos

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