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Desaru Beach, Bandar Penawar, 81900 Kota Tinggi, Johor, Malaysia

By on May 16, 2015 in Malaysia

Decided to go back and revisit Desaru Beach, which is about 90 minutes drive from where I am currently living in Malaysia. The beach is almost due east of Johor Bahru and the drive to it is along a pretty fast straight bit of road (toll). The beach represents the closest sandy beach to JB as all beaches on the west coast, and closer in to JB are either mud-flats or Mangrove swamps.

The beach is an interesting place in that on the two occasions I have been there I have hardly seen any one around.

Desaru Beach, Malaysia

Desaru Beach, Malaysia

Before the beach area there is a cluster of small cafes and shops.

Shops and food-stalls at Desaru Beach, Malaysia

Shops and food-stalls at Desaru Beach, Malaysia

The shops sell all the things your would expect at the seaside – buckets, spades, footballs, inflatables etc.

Shops and food-stalls at Desaru Beach, Malaysia

Shops and food-stalls at Desaru Beach, Malaysia

Buckets and spades for building sand castles

Buckets and spades for building sand castles

There is something odd about the place though… Is it the quietness? May be it is just the time of day that I get there, which is typically around 11 am. The parking at the beach is not free.

Desaru Beach, Malaysia

The beach is spectacular though with golden sand and palm trees stretching off as far as the eyes can see.

Panorama of Desaru Beach, Malaysia

Panorama of Desaru Beach, Malaysia

However, the beach is blighted by rubbish, both material just dumped on the beach, and material washed up from the sea.

Rubbish and burning at Desaru Beach, Malaysia

Rubbish and burning at Desaru Beach, Malaysia

The beach does look good though, and the sea does look inviting.

Golden sand and blue sky at Desaru Beach, Malaysia

Golden sand and blue sky at Desaru Beach, Malaysia

Golden sand and blue sky at Desaru Beach, Malaysia

Golden sand and blue sky at Desaru Beach, Malaysia

Sand castles and shoes at Desaru Beach, Malaysia

Sand castles and shoes at Desaru Beach, Malaysia

Desaru Beach, Malaysia

When I visited there were three or four families on the beach, and the kids seemed to like playing in the surf…

Fun in the surf - Desaru Beach, Malaysia

Fun in the surf – Desaru Beach, Malaysia

However, there were some mysterious figures in black lurking along the beach…

Mysterious figures at Desaru Beach, Malaysia

Mysterious figures at Desaru Beach, Malaysia

Turned out it was the army… Why?

Army at Desaru Beach, Malaysia

Army at Desaru Beach, Malaysia

FourSqaure: Desaru Beach

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