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Welcome to Rawa Island Resort, an idyllic tropical island for guests to unwind from the stress and strain of modern life. Feel the grains of white, sun-baked sand between your toes as you stroll along the beach. Take a dip in the warm waters of the South China Sea. Enjoy the green scenery. Snorkel along the natural coral reef just metres from the shore. Or simply relax as you watch the sun disappear lazily over the orange horizon. Situated within the archipelago of the Sultan Iskandar Marine Park, Rawa Island is accessible by a twenty-minute boat ride from Mersing, Johor. This beachfront resort features 77 rooms, each individually designed to blend in with the natural landscape. Modern furnishings provide guests with the comforts of home. We invite you to take a break from the monotony of daily routine. Experience the island's natural beauty and our Malaysian hospitality.
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Free internet
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Beach
Canoeing
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Massage
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Diving
Game room
Snorkelling
Table tennis
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Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Family Resort
Ocean View
Languages Spoken
English, Chinese, Malay

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Tourist Centre, Mersing 86800 Malaysia
Rawa Island Resort
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Krista wrote a review 6 Apr
Hong Kong, China5 contributions8 helpful votes
We love Rawa. It had a beautiful and very safe house reef. The coral and the sea life is comparable to the Maldives. My kids are divers and tell me there is more to see in Rawa than the Great Barrier Reef in terms of sea life. We live in Singapore and it’s an easy drive to Mersing where we catch the boat to the island. We know what to expect and go with the expectation that the beach and the reef is amazing, but the food and service could do a lot better, you will love it. My kids eat almost everything, but at Rawa they will only eat pasta and the adults in the family will settle for salad and soup. They have the makings of a great restaurant as all the ingredients are up to a high standard, but unfortunately it isn’t being utilised in a successful way. The accomodation is comfortable and aircon etc works really well. But the rooms aren’t very tastefully decorated. Our sofa had bits of paint coming off the leather and the chairs have no springs left. The bathroom taps are wobbly and fragile but work. Also the beach chairs are incredibly uncomfortable, most are broken and there are no beach umbrellas for shade. But if you come knowing all this, and you don’t expect luxury and amazing service, you will have a wonderful time. I will be back!!
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Don’t come hungry and take your own snorkels and maybe a beach chair
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trent wrote a review Feb 2024
Singapore, Singapore1 contribution
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I’ve been to a number of Malaysia island resorts. This resort is one of my new preferred resorts. The water around the resort was clean, I saw little trash in the water, which was very refreshing in Malaysia. Water is also quite clear, perfect for snorkeling. And so much coral! To be sure, a lot of the coral is bleaching. But there are still beautiful pockets of coral around the island, which make for interesting snorkeling, and observing tropical fish and sea life. The sand on the beaches is that fantastic fine white sand for lounging or building sand castles with the kids. On our last day, I had a bit of a misunderstanding with some of the food package, and the manager, Carlos, was terrific in helping to resolve my misunderstanding in a reasonable and professional way. Overall, I found the staff, very friendly, helpful, and kind. It is an older resort so don’t expect glamour. They are clearly trying to improve parts of the island, such as the transfer boats from Mersing were new. Although some sections of the island are under repair and improvement, there is still quite a rugged feeling at the island. Even so, our room was clean and comfortable. There is no Internet or TV in our room, which was fine, because we wanted to spend the day outside anyway. But, if you intend to come and work on your computer, you’ll need to bring your own mifi device if you want to work in your room. Bear in mind that on some days, the boat ride from Mersing to Rawa Island can be quite bumpy, as our trip out to the island had very high waves. We understand that this is because it’s February, and that things calm down March through October. Overall, however, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We saw lots of families with kids. It was fun with the beach, the waterslides, and the food was better than when I’ve had other Malaysia resorts. We would go back..
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Bring cash to pay the park fee at Mersing. They don’t accept cards and the cash machine didn’t...
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Wideye wrote a review Aug 2023
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia20 contributions8 helpful votes
We had stayed in many Malaysian island resorts over the past years, like Langkawi, Pangkor, Redand, Gem Island, Perhentian, and the most recent, Rawa. We took the 4 day/3 night package, and the price was equivalent to a package in Pangkor Laut Resort (by YTL) for the same length of stay. But the contrast between the two resorts are starkly different. Our first impression when we arrived at the island was a little disappointing - there was no one to greet us and usher us to the reception. We had to figure out where it was (not that it was difficult to find - no biggie). Once we checked in, our luggage was "automatically" delivered to our villa without any fuss (well organized). The overall beauty of the resort - the villas, the pathways around the resort, the restaurant, the white sandy beach, were as eye-capturing as the pictures on their website - beautiful! We had the waterfront villa - 2 bedrooms and a great view of the ocean. The villa is spacious. It has a "living room" separated from the bedrooms - all air-conditioned. The bathroom is somewhat lacking in "facility" - they are not very generous with soaps, towels and toiletries. Thankfully the beds are comfortable and clean. When it comes to food, the spread is not as wide as Pangkor Laut Resort. Its buffet style but choices are somewhat limited - 4 to 5 Malaysian dishes, 2 pasta dishes, and the usual salad and dessert. They are delicious and tasty. If you like ice-creams, err..., it's not included in the package. By the way, all the water gears - like flippers, goggles, life-jacket, kayaks, are all chargeable. I can't help comparing with Pangkor Laut, because for what you are paying, you don't get the same in return. Nevertheless, we enjoyed our stay at Rawa.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Kyra Tan wrote a review Aug 2023
Singapore, Singapore89 contributions53 helpful votes
The Maldives of Malaysia – the ocean so clear and the sand is so white and both the snorkelling and diving are amazing. The water slides are super fun, as is the kayaking. Definitely make the walk around the island, which includes a paved hike to see black chickens and a beautiful look out point The food's decent, and the rooms are generally clean and well-maintained (although we were put in a room on the day of check out that was very dated, especially the bathroom). Other parts of the island are more run-down than they used to be, especially the dive center. Hope they renovate this soon and rework the landscaping as it used to be so beautiful. Overall it was a great trip and all of us had a great time. Can't wait to come again :)
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Joy Odessa A wrote a review Aug 2023
Luzon, Philippines36 contributions1 helpful vote
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Celebrated my golden year in this island in Malaysia gifted by my best friend! An amazing experience! Full of sea creatures, baby sharks, sting rays etc. Full board amenities worth it. Enjoyed the daily served buffet food! Staff are courteous, welcoming and kind! We enjoyed and loved the massages in their own Rawa Spa!
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Lynnie wrote a review Jul 2023
Singapore, Singapore58 contributions46 helpful votes
Enjoyed our weekend at Rawa island resort, everything was great from food to hospitality to facilities. The water was clear with high visibility, we went diving and snorkel and was able to sight variety of fishes, baby sharks, stingrays etc. There were many corals but unfortunately it has turn brown. There were many facilities, water slides, badminton court, table tennis, volleyball, board games, kayak, stand up paddle etc. Wifi only available at restaurant but island is well connected on 4G. Would recommend if you would like to have a short getaway from the city!
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Suitable for families with kids
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Donkey K wrote a review Jul 2023
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Firstly, the good part: its a beautiful place with naturally preserved marine park and clean beach. Hotel Food is acceptable. As far has the hotel standard is concerned, it should really be called a "diver's lodge" rather than a "hotel resort" so do manage your expectations! Facilities and maintenance wise is quite poor with minimal upkeep (not to say none), eg Sliding doors are from yesteryear where they're heavy and clunky. I suppose u could call it rustic. At least cleanliness is respectable. We even experienced electricity blackouts TWICE during our 2N stay over an 1 to 2 hours each time in the middle of the night. Apparently its "not a frequent occurance". There's a diving school located there, so do expect diving groups crowding your stay. Hotel staff although does their job decently but generally lacks the hospitality touch. U will notice this once you check in...
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Escape29840419787 wrote a review Jun 2023
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The ambience was amazing and shout out to labu( the guy behind the counter). He goes beyond his expertise and definitely will miss labu once leave the island. He is genuine and will definitely come to visit again to rawa to see him. Labu deserve to get a raise
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Travelled on business
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Harriet B wrote a review May 2023
Singapore, Singapore31 contributions6 helpful votes
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Brilliant, beautiful and relaxing stay. The resort’s rooms, staff, bar, facilities and food is all superb and made for such a great long weekend escapade. The rooms are clean and comfortable, the food fresh and varied (the saturday BBQ is great) and the water clean, clear and teeming with fish and reef wildlife. Only initial hiccup was upon arriving at Mersing for the boat, we were told we had to have ringgit in cash to pay the national park fee per person (MYR 30) to the counter at the port and the cash machine at the Center was Mastercard only, but a quick walk away resolved this quickly - just a little heads up before hand would have been ideal. Otherwise everything was picturesque!
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Have ringgit in cash for the national park fee upon arrival at the Mersing checkin desk.
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A B wrote a review May 2023
Hamburg, Germany35 contributions8 helpful votes
Beautiful island, no doubt. Snorkelling is really good, right from the beach. The resort is totally overprized though. For some reason, the more secluded islands on the southeast side of Malaysia are all overpriced (maybe because most guests come from Singapore). The rooms and bungalows need full renovation (bathroom very old, mold, showercurtain, etc.). The balcony was not clean (bird dirt everywhere). Housekeeping service not very good. They have a good choice of buffet food but quality is nothing special, so the food. Malaysian food is in general not very good but for the price you pay at the resort, it could be much better. Drinks are also expensive. Confusing notes on the table regarding happy hour (it says everyday from 5-7pm but at check-out they say its only saturdays!?). Service not good; you have to go to the bar to order a drink, although there is enough staff. Price-Service relation very bad. Don‘t expect a 4star accomodation!
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Date of stay: May 2023
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
77
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rawa Island Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Rawa Island Resort?
Nearby attractions include Kuil Sri Subramaniam (0.5 km) and Fushun Temple (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Rawa Island Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Rawa Island Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Rawa Island Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Mersing Seafood Restaurant, History 1948 Cafe & Bistro, and Restoran ee lo.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Rawa Island Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Chinese, and Malay.
Does Rawa Island Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.