The completion of the Desaru Coast Ferry Terminal (DCFT) opens up new travel options for Singapore to visit Desaru Coast, located on the East Coast of Johor. Approval of a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) from both Malaysia and Singapore governments is currently pending.
The development at Desaru Coast comes amidst plans to reopen Malaysia and with air VTLs between Singapore and Malaysia meeting pent-up demand. This includes the recent move to launch a cross-border land VTL between the two countries despite the discovery of the Omicron variant.
With this new sea route, passengers will be able to embark on a 90‐minute journey from the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, which is similar to the land route with no traffic. Ferries have a 180 pax capacity, while the terminal is able to process 300 arrivals at any one time, said Roslina Arbak, MD and CEO of Desaru Coast Destination Resorts.
Roslina Arbak, MD & CEO of Desaru Coast Destination Resorts hopes that cruise lines and yachts will include the resort in its stops. Photo Credit: Desaru Coast Destination Resorts
At a virtual media briefing, Roslina said she hoped the approval of the VTL would be expedited. However, on 28 November, Malaysian Transport Minister Dr Wee Ka Siong said that the approval process is expected to take two to three months.
“We are also targeting Batam and Bintan in Indonesia to be connected via the ferry service. Arrivals from Singapore, as well as local and regional markets, are very relevant to us," shared Rosalina. She also noted the possibility of cruise lines and yachts including the resort on their stops, thus driving up demand in the future.
Rosalina shared that they are targeting the leisure market comprising families, younger couples or groups of friends as well as those seeking sports and adventure. The MICE market is also important as corporate planners are starting to plan for events next year.
Spanning almost 1,600 ha and enjoying a 17 km oceanfront, Desaru Coast highlights four internationally‐recognised five-star resort brands ranging from the luxurious to the more affordable: One & Only, Anantara, The Westin and Hard Rock. They provide a total of 800 rooms.
The integrated resort is also home to the Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast, one of the world’s biggest waterparks (can cater to 12,000 pax but currently reduced to 2,500 pax); and the Els Club Desaru Coast with two award‐winning golf courses. It also features a conference centre and event spaces – both indoors and outdoors – that accommodate more than 2,300 delegates.
Additionally, the resort offers 21 dining spaces and wellness facilities. A range of curated experiences are also available. Guests may opt for nature and adventure activities such as hikes in the waterlands and forests; or biking, paddling, jet skiing, kayaking, and others.