Desaru Coast Waterpark is an idyllic getaway destination overlooking the South China Sea that evokes a sense of refreshing calm to leisure seekers and promises tropical adventures to intrepid travellers. The waterpark has multiple water slides and a surf simulator, plus a sandy, palm-dotted beach skirting a huge wave pool. It has something for everyone.
Whether you are looking to escape your busy life for a day or looking for a long vacation for weeks, Desaru Coast Waterpark and Desaru resorts will be your lifesaver. You can enjoy the exciting rides or chill out by the wave pool and have a great time with your family or friends. While you are in Desaru Coast Waterpark, you shouldn’t miss any single ride. That’s why I have listed the top 14 things to do in Desaru Coast Waterpark so that you don’t miss out on any adventure.
Top 14 Things To Do in Desaru Coast Waterpark
Desaru Coast Waterpark is divided into 5 zones, namely- Penawar Falls, Penawar River, Shipwreck Reef, Tidal Wave Beach and Kids Ahoy. These zones have many rides and attractions for a fun time. I’d suggest you check out all the rides and attractions in Desaru Coast Waterpark. And just in case you don’t miss out on anything, let me tell you what you can do in Desaru Coast Waterpark?
1. Swing in the Swinging Ship
Swinging Ship is a favourite ride of every tourist in Desaru Coast Waterpark. It is enjoyable for people of all ages, mild enough for youngsters. It is the replica of a pirate ship that arches up to 180 degrees in both directions.
The minimum height of a rider to get on this ship is 110 cm. And the total weight of all riders getting on the ship should not exceed 2855 kg to avoid any sort of accident. You don’t need to worry about the weight as it’s the responsibility of the park authority to keep it in check.
2. Surf on Surf-Wall
Have you ever surfed before? This is the place where you can fulfil your dream of surfing. Surf Wall is a safe and high-energy surf simulator.
Here, surfing beginners or enthusiasts can catch and ride a radical artificial wave. For this, you don’t need to know about surfing beforehand. The height restriction to try this ride is 107 cm, and there is no weight restriction on it.
3. Swim in the Penawar River
Penawar river floats amid the lush greenery of the riverbank and riverside fishing village scenes. So, it’s a great place to swim while enjoying the beautiful natural surroundings. Children below 122 cm in height must be accompanied by an adult into the river.
However, there’s no weight restriction for swimming in the Penawar river. There are also four giant water slides in the river that you might want to try.
4. Slide through The Tempest
Two high-energy funnels with a sudden 24-foot drop sound very exciting. The Tempest is such a ride that allows for high-banking swings. I hope you wouldn’t miss out on this 55-foot tube slide with a funnel in the middle.
Anyone with more than 122 cm in height can enjoy this. Each tube can accommodate a maximum of 4 people with a combined weight of 320 kg. I’m quite sure that you’d scream your lungs out before splashing out on the river.
5. Sweep Away on the RIPTIDE
If you want to experience an unparalleled feeling of weightlessness, you should get on this ride. RIPTIDE will sweep you away at the steepest angles and fastest speeds offering you the feeling of weightlessness that you might have never felt before. The height and weight restrictions of this ride are the same as that of the Tempest.
6. Whirl Around on Wild Whirl
In this ride, riders on rafts are sent down a steep entrance channel and then they are shot into the wide-open bowl. The rafts keep speeding around the circle until they slow down and move to the centre. Then the rafts are sent down into the patented CorkScrew™ and down a tunnel into the pool below.
The height restriction for this ride is a minimum of 122 cm. For a single rider, the weight shouldn’t exceed 115 kg, and for a double rider, it shouldn’t exceed 180 kg.
7. Keep twisting on Super Twister
Super Twister is an exciting ride with an unexpected funnel, enclosed tunnel, exciting curves and again funnels. On this ride, riders first go through radius curves before they unexpectedly drop into a funnel. Then they exit back into the enclosed tunnel and then again they are sent to the next set of exciting curves and funnels. So, it’s a super twisting ride before riders splash into the pool. The restrictions of this ride are the same as that of Wild Whirl.
8. Enjoy the Kraken’s Revenge
Kraken’s Revenge is the combination of a roller coaster and splashing flume ride. In this thrilling ride, you will be taken 30 metres above the ground and spun through a full 360º horizontal loop, followed by a diving 27-metre drop to the shipwrecking Kraken sea monster waiting in the pool of water below. Anyone with a height of more than 110 cm can enjoy this fun-filled ride. The combined weight of all riders getting on this rollercoaster should not exceed 617 kg.
9. Take Some Rest in Penawar River Huts
There are small huts, also known as Cabanas, around the Penawar River. You can rent them for your own personal and private use. The rental also includes a combo meal. However, most of the time, the huts are filled as they are rented on a first-come-first-served basis.
10. Swim and Chill in Tidal Wave Beach
Tidal Wave Beach in Desaru Coast Waterpark is one of the biggest wave pools in the world. It holds more than four million gallons of water in an area of around three acres. Children below 122 cm in height should be accompanied by an adult into the pool.
11. Relax in Luxury Beachside Cabanas
After a swim in the tidal wave pool, you can relax in the luxurious beachside cabanas overlooking the wave pool. You have to rent a cabana beforehand. The rental will include a combo meal, snacks, drinks, use of a safety box, and merchandise within the cabana. Like the Penawar River huts, these beachside cabanas are also rented on a first-come-first-served basis.
12. Take Your Kids to the Kids Ahoy zone
Kids Ahoy zone in Desaru Coast Waterpark has three play areas for children. Scallywags is filled with water play equipment for toddlers, young children, tweens and early teens. Even parents can enjoy a fun time with their children over here. The Starfish Splash area is enjoyable for the young ones. And lastly, Li’l Warriors’ Hideout has a total of 13 different water slides designed for the younger guests.
13. Take Part in Desaru Coast Waterpark Events
In Desaru Coast Waterpark, you can satisfy your yearnings for adventure by taking part in exciting activities and events. Adventurous events are always happening in the waterpark, some happen daily, whereas some happen monthly or yearly. The activities in Desaru Coast Waterpark are divided into five categories- Upcoming, nature-inspired, edutainment, adrenaline and sports, and wellness and lifestyle.
Different sorts of race events are organized in Desaru Coast as part of their upcoming events at different times of the year. These events occur yearly or maybe once in many years. The fun thing is that anyone can take part in these activities and win some amazing prizes.
The nature-inspired event in Desaru Coast Waterpark includes Desaru Coast Beach Walk. Through this beach walk and tour, you can feel the beautiful sandy beaches under your feet, and see interesting shells, corals, and marine plants along the shoreline. You will also be able to learn about the importance and benefits of the coastal environment and the rich geological history of the rock pools. Based on the tide schedule, this beach walk can be done every day other than Monday. This beach tour lasts for 90 minutes with a maximum of 10 people in the group.
The edutainment event is an Eco Tour Mangrove Cruising through which you will learn all about the amazing wildlife and beauty of mother nature from the experienced Desaru Coast naturalists. You will also learn about the traditions and superstitions of local fishermen, plant mangrove saplings, and taste local flavours. This tour is available every day depending on weather conditions. It’s a half-day tour, so you will gain a lot of experience and knowledge by taking part in this activity.
The Adrenaline and Sports part of Desaru Coast Waterpark events is the most refreshing one. It includes four types of activities- ATV & Fruit Farm Tour, Tennis Academy, Body Rock Fitness Centre, and Rock Om Yoga Experience. From the guided farm tour, you get a brief introduction to various fruits, check out the agriculture gallery, vegetable and herb garden, and petting zoo. You can learn tennis from a PBI-certified tennis coach at the Tennis Academy. You can experience a different kind of Yoga at Rock Om Yoga Experience. Body Rock Fitness Centre is temporarily closed, but if it opens before you visit the Desaru Coast Waterpark, you can do some fitness and gym activities there.
You can enjoy a rejuvenating time through the Wellness and Lifestyle activities available at Desaru Coast Waterpark. There are two spas for this purpose- Chenot Spa and Rock Spa. In Chenot Spa, you will get science-based treatments that will leave you feeling entirely recharged and full of vitality. Rock Spa is temporarily closed. It is a rhythm and motion massage spa.
14. Buy Souvenirs From Seafarer’s Gift Shop
Seafarer’s Gift Shop is the only merchandise shop in Desaru Coast Waterpark. Here, you can buy exclusive swimwear, sunglasses, flip-flops, gifts, souvenirs, and branded items of the official Adventure Waterpark. Branded items include t-shirts, fridge magnets, etc.
Where You Can Stay At Desaru Coast Waterpark: 4 Desaru Resorts
There are four resorts in Desaru Coast from where you can enjoy all the facilities, rides and attractions of the waterpark. These Desaru Resorts will be an amazing addition to your waterpark experience.
One&Only Desaru Coast
With a breathtaking collection of luxury suites, a crowning villa, and One&Only Private Homes inspired by Malaysia’s southeastern beauty and traditions, the One&Only Desaru Coast Resort will reveal the secrets of the east like never before. In the luxury suites of the resort, you can comfort yourself with generous outdoor-indoor spaces, sumptuous bathrooms and private plunge pools for spontaneous dips.
Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas
Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas will offer you beachfront tranquillity and adventure. The low-rise buildings and standalone pool villas are on lush grounds overlooking the ocean. All residences are beachfront, each with an infinity pool, full kitchen, and chef and butler service. You can swim in one of the two pools, taste the signature Thai cuisine and seafood, or relax in the award-winning Anantara Spa.
The Westin Desaru Coast Resort
The Westin Desaru Coast Resort offers tranquil accommodations with spacious floor plans, scenic private balconies and signature Westin Heavenly® Beds. You can enjoy colourful sunsets, attentive service and glittering coastal waters from the resort. All the suites have private balconies overlooking the sparkling South China Sea offering you a panoramic scene with unique and stunning views. In this resort, you can take a refreshing dip by the outdoor pool, relax in the cabanas and enjoy the coastal views, exercise in the Fitness Studio, get a massage in the Heavenly Spa, or take your kids to the Westin Family Kids Club. Find out more about The Westin Desaru Coast Resort here.
Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast
Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast is a beautiful Desaru resort that serves music-infused stylish accommodation and iconic experiences for people of all age groups. There are four vibrant dining scenes in the hotel to satisfy your tastebuds. There’s also a Mexican poolside bar and grill known as The Elephant & The Butterfly. The suites have special access to music amenities and the lounge. The hotel features an open and airy fitness centre, a kids club, a music-inspired merchandise shop, a spa, and a singing platform where everyone can sing. If you are interested in staying in the Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast, learn more about its suites, facilities, and dining.
Where To Eat in Desaru Coast Waterpark
There are nine restaurants in Desaru Coast Waterpark where you can satiate your hunger. Some of these are part of the resorts that I mentioned above and some are parts of the adventure waterpark. You have to make reservations in all of these restaurants beforehand.
Ember Beach Club
Ember Beach Club is a beautiful dining destination, a haven for live music, a hub for fun water sports, and a fancy place to be. It serves unfussy barbecue fare, graced by the intriguing notes of Asia. While sitting at the edge of the ocean, you can lounge, wine and dine in this sleek beach club.
Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday | 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
Friday & Saturday | 9:00 am – 10:30 pm
Contact: +607 878 0000
Sessions is an all-day eatery offering a welcoming service, a casual atmosphere, and international and local dining. Here you can enjoy an unforgettable breakfast, lunch, or dinner. And then craft cocktails and libations at the indoor/outdoor bar.
Opening Hours: Dine-in | 7:00 am – 10:30 pm
In-room Dining | 7:00 am – 12:00 am
Contact: +607 878 0000
When you become tired after trying out all the rides at Desaru Coast Waterpark, head to River Grill for a quick snack. It is a fast food outlet serving great-tasting burgers, fried chicken, hot dogs, drinks and desserts.
Opening Hours: Thursday – Sunday | 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday – Wednesday | Closed
Surf’s Up Juice Bar
Located along the bank of Penawar River, Surf’s Up Juice Bar serves fresh juices snacks and treats. On your journey along the Penawar river, you can swim to the juice bar for a relaxing drink. Sadly, it is temporarily closed until further notice.
Located in the Kids Ahoy zone, Octo-Bites Cafe serves kid-sized portions of pizza, pasta, snacks, and treats. It’s a great dining area for kids after they are tired of playing in the park.
Kelong Eatery is the main restaurant in Desaru Coast Waterpark that offers plenty of options to satiate your hunger and drinks to cool you off. The restaurant serves Asian and Western cuisines.
At the Lembah Restaurant, you can enjoy a great dining experience while admiring the stunning views of the golf course and landscape. Here you can taste Malaysian, North Indian, and Fijian cuisine. However, the restaurant is temporarily closed. Keep an eye on the official website of Desaru Coast Waterpark to know when Lembah Restaurant opens again.
Seasonal Taste, a signature restaurant furnished in a fresh contemporary style, offers one of the most mouthwatering buffet dinners in Langkawi. But it is not only limited to serving dinner. Rather this welcoming restaurant serves a variety of cuisines for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Another notable thing about Seasonal Taste is that it has a live interactive kitchen concept.
Opening Hours: Daily | 6:30 am – 11:00 pm
Breakfast Set Menu: Weekday 6:30 am – 10:30 am, Sat & Sun 6:30 am – 11:00 am
Lunch & Dinner (Ala Carte): Last order at 10:30 pm
Lunch & Dinner for Takeaway & Delivery: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Contact: +607 838 3810
Turmeric serves Around-the-world breakfast buffets and Southeast Asian comfort food. You can enjoy the tantalising food while watching the views of the pool.
Opening Hours: Breakfast | 6.30 am – 10.30 am
Lunch: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Dinner: 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm