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also known as:
Rawa Island
Priority: Lowest
Location Type: Destination
Pulau Rawa is a small coral island 16 km east of Mersing off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.
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  • dry season: Mar - Sept
  • rainy season: Oct - Feb (island is closed)
  • Owned by Johor Sultanate
  • There are only two resorts on this privately owned island, each owned by one of two brothers.
  • Activities include swimming and snorkeling, hiking, exploring caves, day trips to near by Pulau Harimau and Pulau Mensirip.
  • Trip from Mersing takes about 1 hour.
  • There is internet access and an ATM at the ferry terminal in Mersing, so you can draw cash before heading to the island.
  • one side of the island has soft sandy beaches, the other has rocky cliffs leading to the ocean.
  • There is fringing reef around the island supporting a variety of marine life, and the island
  • home to many doves, sea eagles and reptile.
  • The island’s name means “white dove”,
     
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Wikipedia - Pulau Rawa

Rawa Island is a coral island off the east coast of Johor, Malaysia, 16 km by boat from Mersing town. It is popular with tourists from Malaysia and Singapore, who come to enjoy its relatively unspoiled white sand beaches, snorkelling and scuba diving. Nearby islands include Pulau Harimau and Pulau Mensirip. There is a daily ferry service from Mersing.
"Rawa" is the local term for white doves, which are abundant in the island.
Rawa is a relatively small island. There are no proper roads, only a few walkways. One side of the island is a beach covered with white sand, while the other side has a rocky vertical cliff. The water is clear. There are many sea and land creatures such as fishes, squids, jellyfish, octopuses, Malayan sea eagles, and reptiles. Also sharks Blacktip reef sharks can be found feeding in the sea off rawa. Rawa's waters are home to an abundance of corals. there are 2 resorts on the island (Rawa Safaris and Club Rawa)
Pulau Rawa is approximately 30 minutes boat ride from Mersing, a small port within Johor Bahru.

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Wikitravel - Getting There

Pulau Rawa, Malaysia
Beach south of the jetty on Rawa Island

The only way to get to Rawa Island is by boat, normally from Mersing. From Mersing, Rawa island is a 30 mins speed boat ride or a 1 hour ferry ride. During the peak season (April-October) there are lot of ferries and speed boats moving between Mersing and Rawa, but during the off season there will be just 1 or 2 rides per day. So better check the ferry time in advance and plan the trip accordingly. Ferries and overnight stays can be booked with the resort office on Jalan Abu Bakar in Mersing, or booked in advance.
It may also be possible to come here on the way back from another island, such as Tioman.
If you enter Mersing by motor cycle you may have some luggage and equipment that you do not want to leave in your bike. Rawa resort office, where you buy your boat tickets, is close to the jetty from where boats take you to Rawa. You can leave part of your luggage, helmets and jackets in the office.
When booking your stay you can also book the taxi drive from the major cities nearby (KL, Singapore). The taxi from Singapore should cost SGD 130.

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