The simple pleasures of Rawa Island is 16km off Mersing, Johor, a
gem of an island discovered by the lucky few. Rawa Island is truly a
paradise island. There are many caves for exploration and offshore
coral reefs rich with marine life. Rawa Island is located within the
archipelago that dots
Johor Marine Park. Other islands in the marine
park include Aur
Sibu Island and
among others. The island is accessible by speed boats or ferries
Mersing jetty and the journey normally takes less
than 30 minutes.
Rawa Island would be a rocky, inaccessible islet in the South
China Sea if it were not for its idyllic beach. Steep jungle clad
slopes embrace the sweep of powdery white beach from behind and land
meets water in smooth ripples of soft sand and gently lapping waves.
At the far edges of the palm-dotted beach, jagged rocks lay strewn
in the sea at the bottom of straight cliffs. There is only one sandy
beach on this small island. If you ever get the chance to hike the
trail right behind Rawa Safaris Island Resort, you will stumble upon
a stunning vista point that commands the view of the beautiful
From here, you can gaze to the opposite side of the island
which is dotted by steep cliffs and boulder rocks. Remote island
paradise does not have to be so remote after all. The swaying palms,
heavenly beach and island breezes of Rawa are within four hours of
Singapore and less than 45 minutes from Mersing on the mainland of
The crown jewel of the Seribuat Archipelago, Rawa Island is a
private island, fittingly owned by family of the Sultanate of Johor.
The main resort on the island is Rawa Safaris, which has a wide
selection of rooms that are tucked in the hillside, right on the
beach or perched over the water on stilts. It is a popular weekend
destination, particularly for expatriates residing in Singapore.
Rawa is a relaxing, easy-going getaway and most of its visitors
spend their days sunbathing, napping in hammocks or cooling off in
the clear turquoise water.