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Ironman Multisport Festival : Desaru Coast, Malaysia

The Second Desaru Coast Multisport Festival presented By IRONMAN gets Bigger, Better, and Packed with more Festive Activities

Desaru Coast is curated as a new destination resort in Malaysia with a portfolio of globally renowned hotels and resorts, namely Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast, The Westin Desaru Coast Resort, Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas and One&Only Desaru Coast. The destination is also home to Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast - one of the world’s biggest waterparks, Desaru Coast Conference Centre - a fully equipped conference facility, The Els Club Malaysia Desaru Coast – 45 holes of golf in total at two distinct courses, Ocean Course by Ernie Els and Valley Course by Vijay Singh, and Desaru Coast Riverside.

The integrated destination resort earned the accolade as one of TIME Magazine’s World’s Greatest Places of 2021. It provides an indulgent getaway for the discerning leisure and business travelers alike. Located in the south-eastern region of the country, in the state of Johor, Desaru Coast spans over approximately 4000 acres along a pristine 17 km beachfront that faces eastwards over the clear ocean waters. The destination is set amid a rich bio-diverse location and is easily accessible via road, air and sea.

Desaru Development Holdings One Sdn. Bhd. is the master developer of Desaru Coast and is a subsidiary of Desaru Development Corporation Sdn. Bhd. within the Destination Resorts and Hotel Sdn. Bhd. (formerly known as Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels Sdn. Bhd.) group of companies.

Following the success of its inaugural event last year, Desaru Coast is ready to welcome athletes, supporters and guests from all over the world to the 2023 Desaru Coast Multisport Festival presented by IRONMAN for the second time. Set to grow the festival in terms of sports, festivities and experiences, Desaru Coast will welcome athletes of all ages from over 50 countries come 12 - 14 May, 2023.

In partnership with the world’s biggest mass participation sports operator, IRONMAN, the Desaru Coast Multisport Festival will be hosting the IRONKIDS Triathlon, Sprint Triathlon, 5150 Triathlon,and IRONMAN 70.3 Desaru Coast over the three days. Additionally, in synergising with what Desaru Coast has to offer, the festival will see the introduction of its own version of ‘adrenalin golf’ to the festival sports calendar this year, held on the rolling greens of the Ocean Course at the award-winning The Els Club.

For adrenaline junkies and adventurous spirits, this year’s Festival will also feature MILO x Wavvy Hub Surfskate Clinic. Daily lessons take place for all ages, young and old. Come and learn SURFSKATING in a safe and fun environment.


Desaru Coast will also be welcoming athletes and guests to the heart of the festival at the Desaru Coast Festival Village, where everyone can go for both food and fun throughout the festival period. The signature Desaru Coast Hospitality Marquee boasts culinary treats and gastronomical delights prepared by Desaru Coast’s five-star resorts, while over 20 local food trucks around the Festival Village promise a feast for the tastebuds with authentic Johorean flavours all weekend long.

Guests can also explore the pop-up nature centre at the Festival Village. Junglewalla Desaru Coast will be hosting a wide selection of activities for the entire family, including water lily planting, terrarium building, bird walk exploration, an eco trail rainforest walk, and more.

Beyond high octane action and adrenaline, participants and fans can look to enjoy some peace at the picnic zones, amidst the scenic azure waters and lush landscape in between races.

“As we grow this international sporting carnival, we are excited to welcome athletes as well as their friends and families back to our coast for another year of the Desaru Coast Multisport Festival presented by IRONMAN. We have put every effort into enhancing the festival this year with new sporting activities to give everyone an even better and more enjoyable experience throughout the entire period,” said Roslina Arbak, Chief Executive Officer, Desaru Coast.


“The most notable highlight is the introduction of our own ‘adrenalin golf’ as the opening event for the festival. Aside from making sure that our activities cater to all ages and interests and add to the merriment of the sports gala, we have also prioritised connectivity to ensure that guests are able to travel with ease.”

To make commuting more convenient for athletes and guests, Desaru Coast has enhanced connectivity services with a special ferry service offering throughout the festival period, including dedicated promo between Tanah Merah in Singapore and Desaru Coast. To enjoy the special return ferry offer of SGD105 use the code ‘DCMS2023’ while booking the ferry tickets on www.batamfast.com.

Those looking for more information on the 2023 Desaru Coast Multisport Festival can head over to desarucoast.com to check out the various activities prepared for the festival. To find out more, please visit them at www.desarucoast.com and www.tarh.com.my

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