Tanjung Balau Fishermen Museum

The Tanjung Balau Fishermen Museum is located in Tanjung Balau, Johor. It was opened at 1992. The museum is part of a development project in the local fishermen’s village at Tanjung Balau. It is the best place for visitors to learn a thing or two on the country’s fishery activities and its historic legacy.

The museum offers four galleries. The fisherman’s gallery displays various exhibits relating to the life of fishermen in Malaysia. It hosts collections of fishing tools such as fishing nets,traps,tackles or fishing rod, fishing vessels such as gaily, raft, prau or traditional boat, navigational equipment and the attires.There is also exhibit of fisherman folklore ritual and superstition. Visitors will get the chance to delve into the world of fishermen superstitions and pre-fishing routines adopted in the old days.

Geology Gallery shows over 100 types of stones and rocks.there are over 100 unique stones of different shapes, sizes and colours believed to be million years old found in Tanjung Balau and its surrounding areas.

Sea Gallery concerns navigation, communications and safety at sea. It provides knowledge to visitors on marine navigation and communication systems, including safety aspects at sea.

Desaru Shipwreck Gallery provides information on wrecks in the area. It is named after a junk that sank off Desaru waters near the popular holiday area in southeast Johor. The junk was carrying tonnes of blue and white Chinese porcelain including 50,000 soup spoons as well as clay water urns and wine pitchers.

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Operating Hours

Daily: 9.00 a.m – 6.00 p.m


Adult: RM 4.00

Child: Free


Tanjung Balau, 81930 Kota Tinggi, Johor, Malaysia.

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Hear From Others

For those who like to know more about the history of fishing in this region, a visit to the Fisherman’s museum would be worthwhile. The entrance fee was modest, and the display quite enlightening.

City Mouse

The museum is a small museum and focussed mainly on the lives of the local community who, in the days of old, were mainly made up of fisherfolk. Plenty of old photos adorning the walls re-inforced that fact. The main attraction at the museum had to be the artifacts found on a wreckage nicknamed ‘The Desaru Ship’, for want of a better name, discovered in nearby waters.


The Fishing Museum is a nice simple museum, very well put together, not large, and not overly informative.


Nearby Attractions

Desaru Beach 

 Desaru Beach lies at the very south eastern tip of Johor. Desaru Beach is among the best  and the prettiest beach in Johor. The golden sandy beach stretches six kilometers long and is lined with casuarina tree. It offers warm and fresh swimming waters for visitors.Its shallow waters also extend well out to sea and it’s free of jellyfish. Hence, it provides an ideal and safe environment for kids and less confident swimmers.

Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark

Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark is a family water theme park that is part of Desaru Coast. Desaru Coast is a premium integrated destination that offers resorts and villas, a riverside dining haven, a conference center, golf courses and a waterpark.

Desaru Fruit Farm

Desaru Fruit Farm is a 180 acres well maintained tropical fruitland located in Kota Tinggi district, Johor. It was awarded Malaysia’s “Best Agro- Tourism site” in 2006 and Innovative Tourism Attraction – Agro Tourism Conservation in 2010 by Malaysia Tourism Awards.

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