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Malaysia 2D1N Desaru Road Trip Itinerary & Adventure Waterpark Desaru Review 迪沙鲁两天一日游攻略 (Updated 2022)

2D1N Desaru Road Trip Itinerary & Desaru Waterpark Review

Desaru, on the east coast of Malaysia, is a popular getaway for both the locals as well as Singaporeans. Even if you did not visit Desaru before, you would have heard of the popular attractions Desaru has – Ostrich farm, Fruit farm or even a firefly tour. Instead of visiting these family-friendly attractions, H & I main objective of the trip is to chill. With the opening of  Anantara Desaru Coast Resort, we decide to do a road trip to Desaru and escape the city hustle!
Read our review of Anantara Desaru Coast Resort here
Getting from Singapore to Desaru
By Bus

There is daily buses from Singapore to Desaru. However, with a limited timeslot each day, it is advisable to check and book in advance. You can purchase your ticket here.

Ferry from Singapore to Desaru (Old)

Taking the ferry from Changi Ferry Terminal to Tanjung Belungkor Ferry Terminal is probably the shortest way to visit Desaru from Singapore because of the traffic jam. Instead of getting stuck for 3 hours in the immigration checkpoint, you can avoid all this by taking a ferry from the 30-minute ferry ride from Changi Ferry Terminal to Tanjung Belungkor Ferry Terminal. 

Afterwards, take a 30 minute-drive to Desaru Coast via private car from the terminal to the hotel that you are staying. The rate starts from 80RM /trip. Do note that there are no Grab services at the terminal. You can find out more on the ferry ticket and schedule here 

Ferry from Singapore to Desaru

Update: Ferry from Changi - Tanjung Belungkor and vice versa no longer have the sailing route 

Ferry from Singapore to Desaru (From 2022 July)
The Desaru Coast ferry Terminal was officially launched in March 2022Currently, there is only one ferry service operating from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to Desaru Coast Ferry Terminal for $118 SGD (return trip). The good news is that the terminal is now closer to the attractions on Desaru Coast. One no longer needs to take 30 minutes to drive from Tanjung Belungkor Ferry Terminal to the resort. Plus, there are free shuttle buses to the golf course, hotels and attractions of Desaru Coast. Schedule available at Desaru Coast Ferry Terminal Information Counter (in front of Departure Hall) 

Ferry from Singapore to Desaru
$70 SGD/way
$118 SGD/Return

By Car
Getting from Singapore to Desaru by Car
This is probably the cheapest alternative considering you already own one. Sadly, the traffic condition at both immigrations is very congested. It took us almost 3 hours to cross the border. Thus, if you are planning to drive, do avoid the peak periods or set off early.

By Road: (Accessible by road from Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore)
1 hour 15 minutes from Johor Bahru via the Senai-Desaru
1 hour 30 minutes from Singapore via the Causeway
4 hours from Kuala Lumpur via the North-South Expressway

Since H & I love road trips, we decide to opt for this option after considering the flexibility to travel around.

Summary of 2D1N trip to Desaru
Day 1: The Toast – Check-in @ Anantara Desaru Coast Resort – Desaru Waterpark – Super Lobster
Day 2: Chill in the resort – Back to Singapore

The Toast
The Toast Mount Austin
The Toast Mount Austin

After the jam, we stop by The Toast in Mount Austin for a hearty breakfast. The charcoal toast bread served is very crispy and had the best egg mayo toast in my life. Other than bread, The Toast serves local dry mee siam which was very tasty too! We were glad that we visited The Toast café and will definitely be back for more! After a cup of aromatic Nanyang-style coffee, we continued our journey and arrive at Anantara Desaru Coast Resort.

Anantara Desaru Coast Resort
Anantara Desaru Coast resort review
Anantara Desaru Coast Resort Review
Anantara Desaru Coast Resort Review

Open in 2019, it is the first Anantara Resort in Malaysia. With 108 rooms & Villa, the resort is built and designed for both families and couples seeking a getaway. Each room comes with a balcony and is fully furnished with wood-style design.

We booked the premier room and was upgraded to a deluxe room with Seaview on the third level. The 49sqm room is comfortable for us to chill in the room despite raining almost the entire day. We spent half the afternoon on the balcony enjoying the sea breeze and catching up on work.
 Read Anantara Desaru Coast Resort Review here
Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast
Desaru Waterpark Things to do
After the rain stop, we visited the Waterpark at Desaru Coast for some adventure. Located 15 minutes of walk away from the resort, the Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast is a popular attraction in Desaru. There are up to 13 attractions in the theme park and is designed for teenagers and children.

Tip: Do check with the hotel staff on the shuttle bus schedule because we didn’t know about it until we arrived at the visitor centre. Nonetheless, it is still a walkable distance just that you have to cut through many empty grasslands.

Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast Ticket Information

The waterpark is open from 10am – 6pm and you can purchase your ticket over at the counter for 151 RM Adult and 113 RM Children/SC. Instead of purchasing at the door, you can purchase your discounted ticket online or here to save some money. If you want to purchase it directly from the official website, you need to get it 1 day in advance.

Tip: Purchase the ticket on the day itself from Klook in case of wet weather. It rained almost the entire day when we were in Desaru. Thankfully, it stopped, and we manage to play for 3 hours before the park closes.

Do note that no re-entry is allowed if you purchase a discounted ticket online. There may be an exception if you are a hotel guest of Hardrock. Please check with the ticket office before entering with your pre-purchased ticket.

Lockers in Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast
How Much is Desaru Waterpark Locker
How much is desaru waterpark locker
Lockers can be found near the changing and shower area. You can rent the locker at 20RM/small and 40RM/large for the whole day. You can choose to pay with your wristband and make your payment before you exit the park.
Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast Rides
Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast
Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast
Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast
There 6 main types of rides and other attractions in the waterpark. The most popular ride includes - Kraken’s Revenge, RIP Tidal, Wild Whirl and Super-twister. Sadly, Kraken’s Revenge is closed for maintenance when we visited.

Surprisingly, H's favourite activity is the surf wall where he gets to try out surfing. Each person can try twice at a go and you have to re-queue afterwards. You can even opt for the surf lesson (from 400rm/session). My favourite is the Super Twister because it's fast and the drop is not as overwhelming as the other ride. Children can visit the Kids Ahoy section for more child-friendly activities.

Do note that you are not allowed to carry or hang anything on the neck with you when you are playing with the rides. That includes any Gopro or camera device. They are pretty strict with it. Thus, it is advisable to keep your valuables in the locker.

Food & Beverages in Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast
Food and beverages are not allowed to be brought into the waterpark. There will be a bag check before you enter the waterpark. Thankfully, the drinks in the waterpark are reasonably priced. Plus, there is a watercooler stand for you to quench your thirst. On the other hand, the food is standard in a theme park price.

Overall, we find that there are limited rides available and not worth it if you are paying for a full-price ticket. Thankfully, we got the tickets at a discounted price, so it wasn’t that bad. Plus, we visited during the off-peak period, so we didn’t have to spend most of the time queuing which makes the experience better.

Address: No. 4, Jalan Danau, Desaru Coast, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hour: 10am – 6pm, Daily

Super Lobster Restaurant
Super Lobster Desaru

In the evening, instead of having our dinner in the resort, we decided to drive out for a lobster feast. A 30 minutes drive from Desaru Coast to Sungai Rengit, we managed to indulge in fresh and delicious seafood for dinner. The star dish of the night is the Lobster! The meat was tender, and the sauce prepared goes well with the lobster. On top of the lobster, we ordered a couple of dishes to share and it was good too!

Address: 7, Jalan Jenahak, Kampung Sungai Rengit, 81600 Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
Average spend: 150 RM/ pax

Summary of Expenses
Price base on estimation
1 Night stay at Anantara Desaru Deluxe Room -$$400 SGD/ room
2 tickets to Desaru at the waterpark tickets - $75
Dinner for 2 at Super Lobster – 325 RM

Price excluded:
Transportation to Desaru

The next morning, we requested a late checkout and set off in the afternoon. Afterwards, we drove to Johor Bahru for a late lunch before heading back to Singapore. In total, we paid about $290 per pax for our 2D1N stay in Desaru which I find reasonable for a short getaway.  
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