RAWA ISLAND

PassageBlue in Rawa IslandLet me take you to a favorite place; Rawa, a gem of an island nestled cozily in the South China Sea. A wonderful place to spend your days in quietude, lounging under the large evergreen leaves of palm trees. Rawa is a private island that isn’t overly remote (it’s a mere 25 minute boat ride from the Mersing Jetty) and accommodates just two resorts, situated at each end of the island. The island is so private and prepossessing that we made our way back in just a short span of three months.

We spent our mornings having breakfast on the beach with our feet buried in the sand, basking in the warmth of the sun and combing the shoreline for little gems.

PassageBlue in Rawa IslandPassageBlue in Rawa IslandWe rented the outermost A-frame chalet for the best view of the sea and left the window open each night, allowing in the cool night breeze.

PassageBlue in Rawa IslandPassageBlue in Rawa IslandPassageBlue in Rawa IslandPassageBlue in Rawa IslandIn between the two resorts is a jetty installed with an enormous slide for children and adults alike. Each morning, we arose to calm, crystalline waters and nothing but the sound of waves gently lapping the shore.

PassageBlue in Rawa IslandPassageBlue in Rawa Island PassageBlue in Rawa IslandPassageBlue in Rawa IslandPassageBlue in Rawa IslandPassageBlue in Rawa IslandWhen it got too warm in the afternoons, we napped and read in the cool shade of a nearby palm tree.

PassageBlue in Rawa Island PassageBlue in Rawa Island PassageBlue in Rawa IslandPassageBlue in Rawa Island PassageBlue in Rawa IslandPassageBlue in Rawa IslandThere are many beautiful islands in Malaysia to choose from but for us, Rawa will always be a piece of heaven we’ll keep returning to. Don’t forget to take a stroll along the wooden boardwalk at sunset.

Click here and scroll all the way down for more information on getting there, the cost and things we’d do differently the next time we visit.

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We went in.. late-March and mid-June. During the monsoon season from September onwards, most of the staff make their way to Cherating for surf season, which runs from October to March each year.

Best time to go.. anytime between late March to late August if you asked us. It's always best to check the tidal charts and weather forecast before you leave, just to be safe. Weekdays are sublime on the island, as there are fewer visitors and the nights are quiet.

The journey.. The only way to get to the island is by boat from Mersing Jetty. We took a bus from the TBS Station (which was a journey in itself) and arrived in Mersing after a five hour bus ride. From there, we took a speedboat to the island which subsequently took approximately 30 minutes.

We stayed in.. the outermost wooden A-frame chalet at Alang's Rawa. The further out you stay, the better the view.

The cost.. We paid close to RM650 per head for an A-frame chalet for a three day and two night weekday package, with full board meals and speedboat transfers. They've raised their rates slightly since then.

Things we would do differently.. Now that we have our son Ryan with us, we would definitely drive ourselves down south from Kuala Lumpur to Mersing instead. The bus rides were honestly a little scary for us - they do go quite fast and they take the coastal roads, which are much narrower.

We hope that you'll have a beautiful time!