To help guests discover local flora and fauna, Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas has expanded its collection of nature-centric activities to include Tree Planting, Seed Collection and Camera Trapping experiences.
The new activities are complimentary for guests who opt into Dollar For Deeds – Anantara’s CSR programme where guests can donate five ringgit (US$1) for every night of the stay, with the resort matching the amount and donating it to Rewild Desaru, a local non-profit organisation that supports resident wildlife species to encourage safe migration and ensure long-term viability of native gene-pool.
During Tree Planting, guests will visit a nearby tree nursery to plant native species such as sea almond, sea apple and various rainforest fruit trees. These saplings will later be moved to a forest and planted in a pre-selected spot, where they will continue to grow and contribute to the ecosystem.
Seed Collection invites guests to enjoy the great outdoors while collecting seeds from the forest floor, where the seeds are then germinated and grown into saplings for future planting.
With the Camera Trapping exercise, guests will be joining forest rangers on their daily rounds of Panti Recreational Forest – a protected natural reserve a 1.5-hour drive from the resort – to check the batteries on motion-activated cameras and ensure wildlife monitoring equipment is working properly.
The resort also offers a range of family-friendly activities as part of the existing recreational programme, including Desaru Beachlife & Tidepool Discovery, Bird Watching: Desaru’s Winged Gems, and Nature Walks.
There are terrarium-making classes on Saturday afternoons where guests can make their own terrarium and take it home as a souvenir. Guests can also learn how to make all-natural self-care products such as pain-relief balms, scrubs and bath bombs during these classes, or practice mindfulness in nature with weekday Sunrise Dong Sticks workshops and weekend yoga sessions on the beach.