Tanjung Balau located at north-east and about 98km of Johor Bahru city, in the District of Kota Tinggi. Tanjung Balau has a beautiful stretch of beach, nearby Malay fishing village, a unique Fishermen Museum and hotel and chalet resorts.
At Tanjung Balau, the artistic side of the fishermen community could be testified; a true life of fishermen as practiced in the past and present.
There are several affordable and comfortable chalets and villas if wish to stay overnight. Other facilities including food court and stalls, a children playground and a souvenir shop.
Tanjung Balau Tourism Complex which gives you an introduction to rural culture and traditions also offers some of the best local cuisine was established in 1985 by South Johor Development Authority (KEJORA). Tanjung Balau Fishing Village is within the Tanjung Balau Tourism Complex, a short way away from the Desaru Beach, will provide you an enriching experience in the arts, skills, and lifestyles of the Malay fishermen.
Fishing has been a major economic source for the seafarers of Kota Tinggi district since long ago and the abundance of it found in the South China Sea has supported them for generations.
Tanjung Balau Fisherman Museum opened to public in 1993, displays various artefacts of the region’s long history as a centre of the fishing trade, including traps, tackles, boats and floats. It also offers presentations of local fishing lore; local taboos, beliefs and superstitions related to the sea. It was designed to give an insight into the lives and experiences of the fishermen community.
The museum is divided into five galleries of Geology, Morning, Karam Desaru ship and Sea Communications and Security.
The museum that costs about RM1.5 million was built on a 9.7-hectare land in 1992. It has a main building that serves as a gallery, four small rest areas and a souvenir shop.