Tourists throng Johor beaches despite rain and overcast skies

Tourists throng Johor beaches despite rain and overcast skies
Families and holidaymakers playing on the beach at Desaru in Kota Tinggi.

JOHOR BARU - The monsoon season and floods are not stopping throngs of tourists from spending their holiday at beach resorts in Johor.

The Pulai Desaru Beach Resort and Spa, which is almost fully booked, has put up signs to advise guests from venturing too far away from the beachfront and has also placed red flags to caution against the high tide.

Its marketing communications manager Charlotte Monterio said although several parts of the state were experiencing bad floods, most of the resort's 200 rooms were booked.

"Many foreigners especially Singaporeans flocked to the resort with their families and many have been enjoying themselves by the beach despite the bad weather," she said yesterday.

She advised holidaymakers to make safety a priority by not wandering too far from the shore.

"While some guests are willing to take risks playing on the beach, others prefer indoor activity, such as table tennis," she said.

Lotus Desaru Beach Resort Kota Tinggi public relations officer and event manager Aaron Daniel Alabastro said the resort was also fully packed with families and holidaymakers.

He said the monsoon season did not prevent visitors from taking part in outdoor activities such as riding on banana boats, jet skis and powerboats.

"When it rains, we will put up red flags along the beach but we cannot stop visitors from playing on the beach at their own risk," he said, adding that the resort has 16 to 20 lifeguards on duty daily.

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