Desaru Beach is facing South China Sea and is connected to Johor Bahru about 88 kilometres to its west via Senai Desaru Expressway. The beach has a resort named after it. It is very popular there and is called Desaru Golf and Country Resort.
Desaru beach is a popular weekend tourism escape for Singaporeans. The beach stretches 25 kilometres in total. Bandar Penawar is a town situated near the beach. The town has a few Malaysian boarding schools – Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Agama Bandar Penawar, Sekolah Sukan Bandar Penawar and Sekolah Menengah Sains Kota Tinggi – to name a few.
The climate of Desaru is extremely seasonal, like that of rest of Malaysia. Monsoon wind and rain lash the coast from November to February. Sunshine is aplenty to enjoy even during winter but the season also records more rain and high waves at the beach. The holiday season is good from April to October but the busiest months are from June to August. The sand turns fine and water becomes inviting during this part of the year.
Desaru is a great option for snorkelling although there is not great diversity in marine life at the beach. Thus, surfing is certainly a better option due to windy condition and waves.
Excursion to river Sungei Lebam for watching fireflies is popular. The path to the river is not paved and the riverbank and the adjoining jungle are pitch-black. So, the best way to stroll along the river is to join hotel excursion on new moon, preferably after rain. The firefly experience is memorable.
Visitors with kids can visit Desaru Fruit Farm in Sungai Cemaran Desaru, where fruit cultivators also manage a small zoo. Ostrich Wonderland is a hit with children. There are 300 ostriches and kids are offered ride on them. Leather products, eggs and jerky are also on sale in Ostrich Wonderland.