Protecting Our Beaches

For so many of us, the beach is our special place. It’s where we go to soak up the sun, play in the water, or take long walks to help us mull over major decisions. Some of us are lucky enough to live right by a beach; for others, it can be a once-a-year treat.

Naturally, we feel a little protective of our beaches, and so we’re shocked to see that some people don’t care as much about our beaches as we do. So when we spot trash and debris littering our beloved beaches, it’s incredibly upsetting—not only because it damages the beach’s natural beauty but also because it hurts the fragile ecosystem that calls the beach home. So in this article, we’re going to take a look at why it’s so vital that we keep our beaches clean.


Table Of Contents

Over Seven Billion Tons

The Many Reasons For Keeping Our Beaches Clean

Beaches And Their Role In Climate Change

What Is Clean Swell? 

Helping Support Our Local Community


Over Seven Billion Tons

Annually, over seven billion tons or enough to fill nearly 1600 huge semi-trucks of debris get deposited on beaches worldwide, which includes over 1.75 million plastic bottles and almost 1.0 million plastic shopping bags. Here in Malaysia, approximately 18,000 kg or 350,000 items get cleaned from our beaches.

These prove not only to be a health hazard for us who use and enjoy the beach recreationally but an environmental hazard for the marine biodiversity that relies on it.


The Many Reasons For Keeping Our Beaches Clean

We’re not the only ones who benefit from hanging around at the beach.   A wide variety of marine animals also depend on the beach ecosystem. The naked eye can’t see most because they are millimetres small or buried in the sand, but they play an essential role in seawater filtration and nutrient recycling.

So many depend on the beach, including fish fry that uses it as a nursery area along with birds and turtles for their nesting sites and rookeries. Further up on the marine food chain, the beaches are a vital feeding ground for a variety of birds and exotic wildlife.


Beaches And Their Role In Climate Change

Beaches also play an active role in helping to mitigate the effects of climate change. They act as a natural buffer to protect the coastline from the damaging effects of high winds and the waves created by powerful storms.

But of course, all these benefits depend on our beaches remaining safe, clean and healthy.

Desaru coast with its incredibly white sand, not only provides the perfect location for the Dash Outdoors head office. But it’s also the ideal spot for the local community to gather and enjoy the great outdoors, so the right thing to do would be to keep it clean – YES?

That’s why we decided to instigate our very own beach clean-up program in association with the guys at Clean Swell and become one of the top 25 participating locations from around the world.


What Is Clean Swell?

Clean Swell works with many global organisations, including Ocean Conservancy and Reef Check. It is a smartphone APP that beach cleaning volunteers and organisations use that lets you easily record each item of trash you collect from the beach wherever you are around the world. So you can share your effort with family and friends. At the same time, it immediately uploads this information to the Ocean Conservancy’s worldwide ocean trash database. 

The data Ocean Conservancy creates delivers a global snapshot of ocean trash, providing researchers and policy-makers with science-based solutions for a healthy ocean together with the wildlife and communities who depend on it.


Helping Support Our Local Community

By keeping our beaches free of litter, visitors are much more likely to enjoy them and spend money with many of the local businesses that depend on the beaches. If the water is clear of trash, fishing and tourist-oriented companies like scuba diving tours are more likely to make a solid living for themselves.

So by keeping our beaches clean, not only are we making them safer for us to enjoy, protecting the ecosystem and environment that depends on the beaches, but we’re helping to support our friends in the local community.


Experience the flight of your life with Dash Outdoors parasailing! Parasailing uses a parachute to let you ‘fly’ behind our boat whilst safely and securely attached at all times. We use a specialised parasailing’ winch boat’ for perfectly controlled takeoffs and landings - the only internationally approved parasailing method. Our boat’s rear has a large takeoff and landing platform, which is where we harness you into the parachute, perform our safety checks, and then start the flight. Our powerful winching system controls your ascent and takes you up to a height of around 500 feet from where you can soak up the incredible views of the unspoiled Desaru coastline. When it’s time to come down, we gradually winch you back to the landing platform for a perfect landing every time. Parasailing is an exciting adventure for singles, couples, groups, and is even safe for kids. No skill is required so share the fun and fly with family and friends or go it alone on a solo flight. Let Dash Outdoors take you to new heights with a parasailing experience that’s sure to be the highlight of your Desaru beach adventure.

Mountain Bike Tours

The impressive Desaru Coast development is set over 4,000 acres of land, and no one has the kind of exclusive access that Dash Outdoors has, to give you an immersive 3-hour eco-tour adventure on a bike. Dash also offers an amazing ATV tour, which takes you further along the coast, however, if you’re a wildlife lover, you may prefer to take the quieter bicycle tour so you can sneak up on the amazing bird and wildlife we have on offer. Our brand new 21-speed mountain bikes take groups through pristine jungle, secluded beaches and bush trails that you would unlikely explore otherwise. We kit you out with full safety gear and water bottles. All you have to do is bring your legs! Our guides look after you throughout the tour giving you interesting facts about the wildlife, flora and local environment. They also pack a range of snacks and refreshments for the group to enjoy when you get to the most secluded part of this extraordinary tour. There’s no better way to have fun and get fit than riding along an unspoilt tropical coastline.


Test your Robin Hood skills at our archery range at Desaru Coast. Archery is a great fun activity for the whole family and for all ages. It helps develop focus, improve balance and coordination.

Crazy Golf

Crazy golf is another fun activity that all the family can enjoy at any time of the day. You will be challenged with fun and frustrating obstacles. Get around the course with the least number of strokes and you’re a WINNER! Our crazy golf course is located right next to the beach at our Sand and Sandals outlet.

New Mangrove Tour

Take a tour through our beautiful mangrove forest and let a professional guide take you on a journey of tranquility and understanding of nature. Learn about the vital importance of mangrove forests conservation. Be a part of the mangrove replantinginitiation programme that will preserve our ecosystem for our future generations to enjoy.


Bring your waterproof camera, grab a paddle, and be in control of your beach holiday! Take this chance to explore the beautiful Desaru coastline with a Dash Outdoors kayak. Go solo with our single seaters or double up with a paddling partner. We have plenty of equipment waiting for you and everything is in tip top condition. This is a great activity to do with a loved one, the whole family or a larger group of colleagues.

ATV Track Riding

The rugged terrain of our exclusive one-kilometre track challenges the skills of the most experienced ATV rider. Navigating your way through a combination of wet, muddy jungle floors and across rugged sandy beaches on our brand new ATV quad bikes is not only exciting but makes it great fun for everybody.
For most of our guests, this will be their first experience of riding a quad bike. That's fine - we kit you out with all the proper safety gear and give you a full demonstration at the beginning of every ride.
So that you can guarantee your spot it's best to plan ahead, so don't delay - get in touch with us today for available timings and bookings.

Knee Boarding

Knee-Boarding is one of the most accessible types of water sports there is. It's easy to start with, but it's also fun to progress and even do some tricks along the way. It's an excellent activity for those that haven't mastered the 'standing-up' part of wakeboarding or water skiing yet. Learn how to knee-board properly with the Dash Outdoors team, or if you're experienced, we'd love to see you shred the waves.

Water Skiing

Join Dash Outdoors in the tropical paradise of Desaru for a waterskiing session that you'll never forget. Using our high powered jet skis to pull you up, we'll have you slicing through the ocean in no time. If you are a beginner, this is an excellent opportunity to try this exciting sport with the Dash crew coaching you all the way. We also provide waterski sessions for advanced skiers and more formal lesson programs for beginners. Just pop by and let's have a chat.


Possibly one of the coolest water sports around. Just as snowboarding overtook skiing, wakeboarding has fast become the funkiest way to ride the water under power. Once you've picked up the basics, wakeboarding is extremely easy to learn and enormous fun. Typical wakeboarding speeds are 30–40 kilometres per hour, but that can feel a lot faster when you are riding a wakeboard and bouncing over the waves.
At Dash Outdoors, we'll equip you with top-of-the-line wakeboard and safety gear. We use our high power jet skis to do the towing, which means no propellers to worry about. Be prepared to get wet, have a laugh and probably a few aches the next day - it's a serious workout!
We provide wakeboard sessions for advanced boarders and starter lessons for beginners. Just pop by and have a chat.


Windsurfing is the perfect combination of sailing and surfing. If you have ever thought to try this out one day - now is the time! With one of our expert Dash instructors, you can learn basic windsurfing in just a couple of hours.
Here at Desaru, we have excellent conditions all year round for windsurfing. When the winds blow a consistent speed during the monsoon months, we have perfect conditions for advanced sailors or those looking to improve their skills. During the rest of the year, we have calm seas and light breezes – perfect for beginners.
If you're an experienced windsurfer, then come down to see us and rent some kit. If you are new to windsurfing, we can provide a taster session for an hour, and you can then progress to solo sailing, or have additional instruction as you wish. It's all about having fun and getting out on the water.

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP)

A relatively new craze, Stand-Up Paddle-boarding (or SUP) gives you the freedom to explore the ocean using a single-ended long paddle. Our boards are wide, long, super stable and easy to use. They're so good they can take a few people at the same time. Some people even go out early in the morning or later in the afternoon for a relaxing SUP yoga session.

Fat Bikes

Why walk along this beautiful tropical beach when you can cycle it? Our top of the line "fat bikes" boast massive 4inch wide "fat tyres" that will have you cruising soft sand with ease. We have both adult and kids versions complete with helmets and locks so you can take the whole family and explore our beautiful Desaru coastline in comfort and style.