Replanting The Mangroves, A Local Initiative We Are Proud To Support

Preserving The Mangroves

The mangroves are where nature reveals its flawlessness; it’s where everything flows harmoniously. The blend of freshwater and saltwater, along with the diversity of the most unusual plants and wildlife, are all set against a backdrop that unveils its natural splendour and beauty of Desaru Coast. 

In this article, we’re going to take a look at what mangrove forests mean globally and the role Dash Outdoors is playing locally in helping to preserve them.


Table Of Contents

What Are The Mangroves?

Globally Where Are The Mangrove Forests?

Why Are The Mangroves So Important In Malaysia?

What’s Happening To The Mangrove Forests?

Why Do We Need To Preserve Mangrove Forests?

Supporting Local  Initiatives For Preserving The Mangrove Forests


What Are The Mangroves?

Mangrove forests are unique ecosystems that grow along tropical coasts, where they thrive in saltwater and tidal conditions. The mangrove ecosystems are considered to be some of the most productive and biologically diverse ecosystems on the planet: 

They serve as important habitats for all manner of fish, sharks, manatees, crabs, and other vital species and provide food, jobs, and other resources to communities worldwide. The mangroves also contribute to coastal protection from erosion and protect some of the most vulnerable coastal communities from the devastating impacts of climate change.  

Besides this, the mangrove forest is essential in maintaining water quality, trapping sediments and filtering pollutants originating from the surrounding areas.

Finally, even though mangrove forests cover less than 1.0% of the planet’s land surface, they store more carbon than any other type of forest and, as a result, are a fundamental part of the solution to climate change.


Globally Where Are The Mangrove Forests

Mangroves can be found in 118 countries globally, representing one per cent of the tropical forest worldwide and less than 0.4 per cent of the world’s forests. Approximately 75 per cent of the world’s mangrove forests culminate in just 15 countries. Indonesia, a land of some 17,000 tropical islands, has by far the largest of all mangrove forest cover, closely followed by the likes of Brazil, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Australia. 

In Malaysia, Mangroves comprise less than 2% of the total land area. There are approximately 641,886 hectares of mangrove forests, of which 57% are in Sabah, 26% in Sarawak and the remaining 17% in Peninsular Malaysia.

Why Are The Mangroves So Important To Malaysia?

The Malaysian mangrove ecosystem plays a vital natural resource for the coastal communities. It provides resources like fishes, shells and other gastropods for the fishermen, while productive forests provide fuel-wood, poles and other materials for local constructions. Along with this, tours of the mangroves offer both employment and a regular source of revenue to several locally based tourist companies. 


What’s Happening To The Mangrove Forests?

Notwithstanding their wide-ranging benefits and their global importance, mangroves are being systematically destroyed and degraded at a frightening rate. Around the globe, mangrove forests are being cleared for aquaculture (fish and shrimp ponds) together with other agriculture and urban coastal developments. They are also suffering from increased land-based pollution and the impacts of rapid sea-level rise.


Why Do We Need To Preserve Mangrove Forests?

The mangroves need to be preserved because not only do the swamps provide a significant ecosystem to both human life and the diversity of life that inhabits them. They are the breeding grounds and early growth areas of various species of ocean life living on coral reefs. Furthermore, many communities are highly dependent on mangrove forest products, including its timber and fishery resources.  


Supporting Local Initiatives For Preserving The Mangrove Forests

Because mangroves are being destroyed and degraded at an alarming rate, public awareness is crucial in creating a generation of people concerned about conserving ecosystems and other aspects of natural resource management.

With such awareness, conservation teams can inspire the local communities to work together to develop a number of initiatives to ensure sustainable future management of the environment.


One such initiative that we here at Dash Outdoors are proud to support is mangrove replanting. Mangrove replanting allows the whole community to be involved in the activity to understand and learn more about the existence of the ecosystem in the future. 


By participating in such an initiative, we know that not only are we helping raise awareness, we are also helping to safeguard and preserve the mangrove ecosystems here in Malaysia.


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.