What tourists said about the Desaru Fruits Farm in Kota Tinggi, Johor
Good trip for family. We got into a truck and were brought to the fruit plantation a short distance away. The guide spoke good English. We saw fruit trees such as bananas, papayas, passion fruits, avocados and cocoas. We also saw durians in trees. The durian fruit seemed so small up in the trees.
We stopped for fruit juices that were sold by the bottles. There was a mini zoo in the plantation. Beware of the very fierce monkey in a cage near the entrance. Be warned not to put your finger inside or antagonize the monkey in anyway. Carrots were on sale to feed the rabbits. An ostrich was there too. There were roosters pecking around too.
Four family members stopped for a go kart race after the tour of the fruit farm. It was incredibly dusty to me. Disposable paper head were provided and on top of that, you put on your helmet. Do wear proper footwear as my husband wore slippers and suffered a minor burn on his foot.
After that, we bought some durians and ate that together with some fruit. The fruit came with the tickets purchased for the tour of the farm. Nothing very fanciful, but good enough. There is also a restaurant that we saw at the farm. But we did not patronize it as we ate somewhere else.
Visited June 2015
“An entertaining visit for the family!”
Went to the place for the kids. Need to pay RM25 per adult (forgot about kids’ price).
We hopped on a converted lobby and set off with a nice guide. She showed us around the farm and introduced the many types of fruits there. She threw in many interesting information.
We reached a place where we purchased some very nice and cool fruit juice. Everyone enjoyed the juices. The kids fed the fishes there and took lots of pics.
We then proceeded to the mini-zoo and my girls went crazy when they saw the hundred of bunnies there. They even put 2 furry bunny so that the kids can play and pet them. Even saw an ostrich, huge tortises, monkeys, goats, chickens, ducks etc.
At the end of the trip, they included a nice box of fruits that included preserved fruits, watermelon, mango, jackfruit, jambu, honeydew etc.
Visited June 2015
“Very Fruitful Visit”
We started out with a mediocre Buffett of local foods. A lot of fruits of course, but constantly having to remind staff to restock the popular items, eg. Mangos and Jackfruit (nang-ka).
Took a 5-min bus ride in what was a straw hut on wheels (quite cool) to the farm. Staff fairly informative and great to learn. The tour was fairly informative but somewhat died out in the middle with tour guide going ahead of most of the group. Understandably as many people want to stop and take a bit more time to look at different fruits / herbs of particular interest.
All-in-all great day out.
Visited May 2015
Visitors to the Desaru Fruit Farm can smell and taste an amazing variety of fruit. For city folks, there is an added bonus of seeing the fruit growing on trees.
MY eyes were locked on the platters of dazzling colours. Carefully arranged slices of tantalising tropical fruit created a palette of natural shades in a very enticing display of tones and textures which I was sure would taste as good as they looked.
The yellow of jackfruit, mango and pineapple contrasted beautifully with the red of papaya, watermelon and roseapple (jambu air) while the ciku’s pale brown stood out distinctly against the green of honeydew, starfruit and kedondong.
While sipping chilled, freshly squeezed calamansi or limau kasturi, the aroma of tangy mango and sweet papaya beckoned. What a healthy, juicy fruit fiesta. It was a most fitting, delicious end to an interesting and informative tour of Desaru Fruit Farm!
Watching the busloads of excited visitors arriving and then leaving with bags of fruit, it was hard to imagine that this award-winning fruit farm in Johor had its humble beginnings as a roadside fruit stall.
Visitors to Desaru could never resist stopping at the stall to get some fresh fruit and the number of cars parked by the road soon became a potential traffic hazard!
The stallowner then moved to a piece of land nearby which was gradually developed to become one of Malaysia’s largest agro-tourism sites today, with 50 acres growing honey oranges and 50 acres of other seasonal and non-seasonal tropical fruit.
Things to do at the fruit farm
At Desaru Fruit Farm, you are welcome to see, smell, touch and feel but you are not allowed to pluck the fruit. City dwellers, more used to seeing fruit packed nicely on supermarket shelves, get excited at the idea of wandering all over the farm and to see fruit hanging from trees instead of packed in cling-wrap.
Good agriculture practice at the farm
Led by Henry Goh, our eloquent guide, we walked under shady trees and around bushes to small clearings where he explained the uniqueness of different fruit varieties and the methods of management. The farm applies Good Agriculture Practice (GAP) using systematic organic fertilisers, supplementary irrigation and uses bees to naturally pollinate the flowers.
Thanks to GAP and an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programme, there was a noticeable absence of pesky fruit flies and mosquitoes! The farm is designed with added attractions of an Agriculture Gallery that displays ancient agricultural artifacts, a fishpond teeming with ornamental koi, herb and vegetable gardens, mushroom farm, apiary (beehives) and fresh fruit souvenir shop.
Attractions at the farm
But one of the more exciting attractions must be the petting zoo for close encounters with animals like goats, peacocks, birds, ostriches, wild fowl, rabbits, monkeys and even snakes!
The tour was fun and educational with the added challenge to figure out if there was any passion in passion fruit or any bread in breadfruit, to see and smell the difference between cempedak and jackfruit, and to wonder about the promised potent power of that ornamental banana tree!
As the proud recipient of a host of Ministry of Agriculture national level awards including the Special Award MAHA, Agro-tourism category in 2006 and first runner-up in Farmer’s Day Best Farm contest 2001, it’s no surprise that the farm is such a magnet for city folks.
Among them are celebrity guests from across the Causeway whose photographs grace the building corridors as proof that Desaru Fruit Farm is indeed a significant destination for everyone to enjoy.
How To Get To Desaru Fruit Farm
Desaru Fruit Farm is located at Sungai Cemaran along the main road to Desaru with popular beach resorts only about 10km away. By road, the farm is a 90-minute scenic drive from Johor Baru and only 39 kms from Kota Tinggi.
It’s a 30-minute ferry ride from Singapore’s Changi Ferry Terminal to Tanjung Belungkor in Johor and another 30-minute drive to the farm.
The farm is open daily from 8am to 6pm and advance group reservations are recommended. For a minimum number of four persons, enjoy the Tropical Fruit Fiesta package that ends with a refreshing fruit buffet.
For enquiries and reservations, contact Tel: 07–822 5886, 822 3886 and 822 8017 or Fax: 07–822 4886. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit website: www.desaruff.com
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