Rawa Island Package Review

Thinking of making a trip to Rawa Island in the east coast of Peninsula Malaysia?

It’s for sure, a more affordable option than the Maldives, Bora-Bora or Italy’s Citta Del Mare!

So what’s the best way to go about planning your island vacation?

In this post, we’ll breakdown all of the available Rawa Island Packages.

And by the end of it, you’ll know which package suits your plans best!

Without further ado:

1. Rawa Island Resort & Hotel Package

Even if there are only two resorts on Rawa Island:

Both resorts have their own unique facilities and you’ll find a completely different atmosphere at each of them too!

Jetty And Resorts At Rawa Island

CategoryAlang’s Rawa ResortRawa Island Resort
WiFi & TVNo – if you want to get a data plan, go with MaxisYes – at the common areas
Diving FacilitiesNo – have to book directly with the dive centre on Rawa Island
Seaview RoomsYesYes
Family-friendlyYes – But kids are not allowed to stay on Fridays and SaturdaysYes
Buffet-style breakfastNoYes
Beach AccessYesYes
Indoor ActivitiesJust board games and a reading cornerYes – A kids corner, a piano, library, TV area, foosball & pool table
Restaurant/BarYesYes
Beach VolleyballYesYes
Weekend PartiesYesNo
Kayak RentalYesYes
Snorkelling Kit RentalFree rentalYes
Stand-up Paddle (SUP)NoYes
Water Slides (only open during high tide)No – but you can walk over to Rawa Island Resort to use themYes – in front of the resort
Air-conditioned RoomsNoYes
Hiking TrailNo – but you can walk over to Rawa Island ResortYes – Island Walk and Hilltop Walk
Spa ServicesNoYes

Notes:

All of the Rawa Island packages do not include the following:

  1. Mandatory Marine Park Fee
  2. Mandatory Johor National Park Fee
  3. Compulsory tourism tax for non-Malaysians

The first two items can be paid at Mersing Harbor Centre, a few minutes’ walk from Mersing Jetty.

1.1. 2D1N Rawa Island Package

If you only have the weekend to spare on Rawa Island:

You can go for the 2D1N package by Alang’s Rawa Resort. But you have to contact them personally as their standard packages are for 2 nights!

Alang's Rawa Resort at Rawa Island

Alang’s Rawa Resort at Rawa Island. (Photo credits to Tony Saw)

Rawa Island Resort doesn’t have any 2D1N packages.

However, you can’t really enjoy Rawa Island to its full potential if you just stay for 1 night!

1.2. 3D2N Rawa Island Package

Realistically speaking, an extra night in Rawa Island is worth the effort it takes to get to Rawa Island in the first place!

And once you step foot on the island, you will be glad you are staying for 3 days and not just 2 days!

Both islands offer 3D2N packages!

Swimming Right In Front Of The Rawa Island Beach

Photo credits to phalinn

GoIslands offers the following 3D2N package for Rawa Island Resort:

As for Alang’s Rawa Resort, they do mention packages for 2 nights’ accommodation on their website.

1.3. 4D3N Rawa Island Package

If you have the luxury of staying for another night in Rawa Island, go for it!

An extra day in paradise will allow your mind and body to fully relax and soak up a much needed break!

Water Sliding At Rawa Island

Photo credits to phalinn

You’ll need to contact Alang’s Rawa Resort to arrange for longer stays.

But Rawa Island Resort happens to have a 4D3N package too!

2. Rawa Island Full Board Package

Consider booking an all-inclusive (or full board) package for ease of convenience!

There are a few Rawa Island packages available so make sure you read through to find out the differences!

2.1. Rawa Island Resort Package

If there’s one thing you absolutely must do on Rawa Island, it has to be snorkeling at the house reef in the shallow waters right off the beach!

Take Instagram-Worthy Pictures Around Rawa Island

Photo credits to phalinn

The packages below give you plenty of opportunity to explore the coral reef from Rawa Island Resort!

Note: Snorkeling equipment rental is not included. But meals, accommodation and two-way boat transfers from Mersing to Rawa Island are!

2.2. Alang Rawa Resort Package

Alang’s Rawa Resort offer 3D2N packages based on the room type as well as other factors.

But the packages include meals, accommodation and boat transfers.

Speedboat to Rawa Island

Photo credits to phalinn

Contact them directly if you want to stay longer than 2 days!

Room TypePax Per RoomWeekday Price
(RM per person)
Weekend Price
(RM per person)
Little A-Frame210001110
2890N/A
Beach House Room3850990
4800930
5750890
Coconut Tree & Beachfront Room2810N/A
3760930
4710870
5670810
Jungle Side Room2690N/A
3640840
4600780
5N/A730
Coconut Tree Group Room6+ (Weekdays)
7+ (Weekends)
620690

Notes for the weekends:

  • They don’t allow children under 16 to stay overnight on Fridays and Saturdays
  • There must be at least 3 people per room (Exception: Little A Frames)

3. Rawa Island Snorkeling Package

In general, water-based activities like jet-skiing or fishing are not allowed in the surrounding waters of Rawa Island.

Rawa Island Resort does not provide snorkeling trips for this very reason!

Snorkelling At Rawa Island

Snorkelling At Rawa Island – Photo credits to azhafizah.com

But with the reef so accessible from the beach on the western side of the island, it’s not even necessary to go for a snorkeling trip away from Rawa Island!

So if you want to snorkel, you can get gear from your chosen resort:

  • Rawa Island Resort: Charges RM17 per hour
  • Alang’s Rawa Resort: Free for guests’ use

4. Rawa Island Diving Package

Anyone who has an interest in obtaining a PADI certificate in diving can sign up for a course at the sole 5-star instructor diving Centre, (OrcaNation or Orca Scuba Rawa) on Rawa island.

They have courses for every level including beginners!

And there are around 13 dive sites to explore close to Rawa Island!

Scuba Diving At Rawa Island

Photo credits to tripsbykids.com

But before you make a move to book a diving package:

  • Open water courses take around 4 days – Plan your stay and transport accordingly!
  • There are age limits to the courses – the youngest they allow is 8-12 years depending on the course
  • They do not have a fixed schedule.
  • Not recommended for those who cannot swim
  • Advanced open water courses are available
  • Night dives are possible but limited to those who already have adequate experience
  • Diving equipment is provided
  • You have to wait a minimum of 12 hours after completing a dive before you can get on a flight. Or 18 hours if you have done multiple dives that day.

5. Rawa Island Package From Singapore

Starting your journey from Singapore?

There are 2 ways to do so besides driving to Mersing Jetty yourself:

Mersing Jetty Johor

Mersing Jetty

Taking a private car service or a coach!

GoIslands offers packages from Singapore to Rawa Island!

Why book everything separately when you can get them altogether?

These include:

  • Door-to-door service from Singapore to Mersing Jetty
  • Round-trip boat transfer from Mersing Jetty to Rawa Island
  • Rawa Island Resort accommodation and meals

5.1. Singapore To Rawa Package By Private Car

Since there are no direct flights to Rawa Island from Singapore:

The next best thing is to hire a private car transfer that can pick you up directly from your home in Singapore and on to Mersing Jetty!

Singapore to Mersing Tioman

Best for:

  • Anyone seeking a convenient and stress-free trip to Mersing Jetty

Why You Should Choose Singapore To Rawa Private Car Package:

  • All-inclusive package – Transport including a boat transfer to and from Rawa Island as well as meals and accommodation at Rawa Island Resort!
  • Absolute comfort – spacious vehicles
  • Customize your pick-up location and time in Singapore
  • No worries about having to drive, pay toll fees, get through traffic, queue up and especially, find a parking space in the overnight car park at Mersing Jetty!
  • The immigration process is simpler – you don’t even have to leave the car!
  • Safety is priority – cars are well-maintained and drivers are reliable and knowledgeable of the route

Book a Singapore to Rawa Island package by sending a WhatsApp or Facebook message to GoIslands!

5.2. Singapore To Rawa Package By Coach

And if you prefer to take a coach or bus from Singapore to Rawa Island (via Mersing Jetty):

KKKL Express from Singapore to Mersing Jetty or Tanjung Gemok Jetty

You can consider the following coach/ bus operators:

Coach/ Bus OperatorDeparture Point 1Departure Point 2
WTS Travel & ToursSingapore Flyers (at 6:30am)n/a
Discovery ToursBugis MRT Exit D Tan Quee Lan Street Taxi Stand (at 6:30am)n/a
KKKL Travel & ToursKovan Hub (at 6:00am)Bugis MRT Exit D Taxi Stand (at 6:30am)

Note: Don’t book your coach tickets until the following are confirmed – Rawa Island package, Rawa Island accommodation and boat transfers to and from Rawa Island!

Best For:

  • Budget-conscious travellers
  • Travellers with plenty of time to spare in their schedule. This is because traffic delays are all too common!

Pros Of Taking A Coach/ Bus:

  • Just sit back and relax.
  • Affordable tickets

Cons Of Taking A Coach/ Bus:

  • In busy periods (e.g. public holidays), you’ll likely have to stay overnight at Mersing Jetty to avoid missing your ferry!
  • Have to get to the coach departure point very early in the morning as coaches typically leave at 6:30am.
  • Traffic at the Johor-Singapore causeway will definitely impact the total journey time

6. Rawa Island Package From Johor Bahru

Going to Rawa Island from Johor Bahru?

You can take one of the regular direct buses from JB Larkin Terminal to Mersing Bus Terminal. Which is a journey of 2 hours.

Larkin Sentral at Johor Bahru

From Mersing Bus Terminal, it takes 10-15 minutes to walk to Mersing Jetty.

Or you can opt to hire a private car service through GoIslands if you prefer!

Book with GoIslands through Facebook or WhatsApp!

7. Rawa Island Package From Kuala Lumpur

It takes more than 5 hours to get to Mersing Jetty from Kuala Lumpur.

And unfortunately, you cannot take a flight to shorten the journey either!

However:

If you want to get to Mersing Jetty directly from Kuala Lumpur, you can always contact GoIslands through Facebook or WhatsApp to arrange a private car service for you!

8. Best Time to Visit Rawa Island

For most of the year, Rawa Island is sunny like what you would see in magazine photos!

But there are a few months of the year when the monsoon season hits the island.

Monsoon Season At Rawa Island

So, you might want to find out when the best time to visit Rawa Island is before you book your trip!