If you need to get out of Johor Bahru for a day, there are plenty of options for you.

Head about 2 ½ hours north and you’ll find yourself in Mersing, which sits on the coast and is a gateway to the island of Tioman. This island was once named one of the most beautiful in the world by Time Magazine.

In the eastern park of Johor – about 2 hours from Johor Bahru – you’ll find the town of Desaru, which is a seaport resort town that’s eerily sleepy. Many developments were planned and begun in the 1980s, which have since been abandoned, but the area is still quite pretty and worth a day trip. Now they got more attraction in Nearby Desaru. There's a fruit farm where you can go on tour and pluck your own fruits, fireflies rivercruise now also available, in Tanaung Balau (recently open public beach) there's a Fishermen Muzeum and fishermen village and off the beaten path there's Kota Johor Lama Muzeum where the start of Johor. Also fishing trip in Teluk Sengat. There is new Highway E22 from Senai to Desaru which bypass the Kota Tinggi and shorten the traveling time from around 2hrs to 45minutes, but you need to pay the tol fees. Kindly refer to http://www.e22.com.my/

At Tanjong Leman, about 2 hours north of Johor Bahru on the Mersing Road, you can catch the Sea Gypsy boat to the Sea Gypsy Village Resort and dive base. At Sea Gypsy, you can enjoy a beautiful, undisturbed beach, or go snorkeling or diving. Be sure to explore the Sea Gypsy resort, which is an eco-friendly resort nestled in 5 jungle acres.

Finally, for cool refreshment, head for the Kota Tingii waterfalls, which are famous not only for the amazing rush of cooling water, but also for their location in beautiful, lush jungle.