This July, a new ferry service will link Singapore with the up-and-coming Malaysian beach destination.
Based in Singapore? Chances are you’ve heard of Desaru Coast, a cluster of resorts and attractions along a 17-kilometer stretch of golden sand just across the border in southeast Johor. It’s about to get easier to visit thanks to the launch of a new passenger ferry route to and from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal.
Operated by Desaru Link, a subsidiary of Batam Fast Ferry, the inaugural service is planned for July 7; a daily round-trip service is scheduled to run from Thursday to Sunday during the first few months. Travelers can expect a journey time of approximately 90 minutes each way, and the ferries have a capacity of 330 passengers. Both service frequencies and ferry capacities will gradually increase in line with demand.
Ferry tickets and service schedules will be made available on the Batam Fast and Desaru Coast websites from June 30. That date also marks the launch of Desaru Coast’s newest range of day trip and stay packages, which will all come with a special introductory price on return ferry tickets.
Through these deals, day-tripping families have the chance to splash out at Adventure Waterpark and golf enthusiasts can practice their swing at The Els Club. Avid cyclists will get to bike the Desaru routes used for L’Étape Malaysia by Tour de France and the upcoming Desaru Coast Multisport Festival, an Ironman event. Spa packages are being offered at the area’s four resorts as well; aside from Hard Rock Hotel and The Westin, travelers have the option of being pampered at the kampong-inspired Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas or One&Only Desaru Coast, the ultra-luxe brand’s first Asian property.