Fun & Relaxing Things To Do In Rawa Island

Everyone knows about the more popular Tioman Island, Sipadan or the Perhentian Islands but what about Rawa Island?

If you ask a local, chances are they’ve never heard of Rawa Island! Which is not surprising since it’s fairly small with just two resorts.

Despite its small size, there are plenty of activities you can do here at this unspoilt hidden beauty!

Spend time with your family or friends on a remote tropical island!

The fact that it’s not too far from Singapore but far enough to put some distance between city life and you, makes it an appealing getaway location!

Let’s begin:

15 Things To Do In Rawa Island

1. Snorkelling At Rawa Island

Seeing the amazing clarity of the water will make you want to go snorkeling! It is easy to understand why this is a must-do activity when you are at Rawa Island!

Snorkelling At Rawa Island

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Rent snorkeling gear from any of the resorts.

Where can you snorkel? Head for the western side of the island.

There is abundant coral in the waters all the way from the north to the south tip of the island! See fish and maybe even blacktip reef sharks!

Read also: Tioman Snorkeling: Full Snorkeling Guide In Tioman Island

2. Kayaking At Rawa Island

Want to stay dry but don’t want to miss out on the marine life or island views?

This is a neat way to check out the island too! Not to mention, a great opportunity for an arm workout!

Rent a kayak from the resort and get out on that beautiful water!

Kayaking At Rawa Island

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Tip: If it’s your first time kayaking, make sure you go with a buddy and tell someone that you will be out kayaking.

3. Hilltop Jungle Trekking At Rawa Island

One of the unexpected things to do in Rawa Island could well be hiking!

One of The Things to do in Rawa Island is Hilltop Jungle Trekking

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In fact, there are well-made trails like the 40-minute trail (half the time if you’re fit) called The Hilltop Walk:

Paths and stairs on this trail provide access to magnificent panoramic views of Rawa Island and some other neighboring islands!

The Panoramic Views of Rawa Island

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Tip: The view from the plateau before the highest point has the best views of 3 islands – Besar, Tengah and Hujung!

4. Island Hopping Near Rawa Island

While you’re on Rawa Island, you may as well hop on a boat to investigate the other islands close by! And why not?

Island Hopping Near Rawa Island

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Take a boat from Rawa Island to Harimau Island and Mensirip Island:

Each of these islands has something unique about it – Harimau Island has a hidden pool while Mensirip Island has some fabulous diving opportunities!

Both islands are definitely worth having a look. You can even have a picnic lunch there!

5. Scuba Diving At Rawa Island

This list of things to do in Rawa Island inevitably has to include scuba diving!

There is a dive center where you can join PADI course regardless of your diving level!

Scuba Diving At Rawa Island

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And those enchanting waters around Rawa Island are teeming with diverse marine life, providing divers an unforgettable diving experience!

Tip: Don’t touch anything in the water while you’re diving – that includes coral and the fish! This is a protected marine park!

6. Swimming Right In Front Of The Rawa Island Beach

Sometimes, the heat and humidity can be a little overbearing! You are after all, on a tropical island that’s pretty close to the equator!

Swimming Right In Front Of The Rawa Island Beach

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Why not give into temptation and take a refreshing swim or just wade in the shallows of the enticing water right in front of your resort!

It’s free and you don’t need any fancy gear!

Tip: Apply some waterproof sunscreen before you jump in! Even better if you can get a reef-safe sunscreen!

7. Water Sliding At Rawa Island

Cease wondering what to do in Rawa Island! A must-do activity is taking on the 2 slides at Rawa Island!

2 Water Slides at Rawa Island

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The slides may belong to one of the resorts but nobody will try to stop you from sliding!

Both slides will have you splashing into the sea with glee! The orange slide consists of some turns while the blue slide goes straight into the water!

Anothe Things to do in Rawa Island is Water Sliding

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Tip: If heights terrify you, try the blue orange rather than the orange slide!

8. Playing Beach Volleyball

Need something else to do other than lazing on the beach or getting into the water?

What better way to bond with your travel mates and maybe make new friends, than over a rousing game of beach volleyball by the ocean!

Playing Beach Volleyball at Rawa Island

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It’s a fun and healthy way to burn some calories too!

An excuse to leave technology and work stresses aside for a while. Isn’t that why you’re on Rawa Island?

9. Take Instagram-Worthy Pictures Around Rawa Island

Photography is one of those things to do in Rawa Island where you don’t have to get into the water!

Every corner of Rawa Island is a golden opportunity for a photo! Photos are the best kind of souvenirs to take home and keep memories fresh!

Take Instagram-Worthy Pictures Around Rawa Island

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And who doesn’t like to induce a little jealousy in Instagram once in a while?

Remember that time you were drooling over someone else’s beach vacation? Now, it’s your turn!

10. Partying The Night Away At The Beach Hut

At Alang’s Rawa Resort, there is a beach shack that serves as a communal dining area.

After dinner hours though, this will be a happening nightlife scene with music lasting until the early hours of the morning (~5am) and some intense Long Island iced teas!

Partying The Night Away At Rawa Alang's Resort by the Beach

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You have to try the Rawa Special cocktail that they serve! And you might want to stay an extra night so you can enjoy the rest of your vacation with a clear head!

Partying The Night Away At The Beach Hut at Rawa Island

11. Chill With A Good Book By The Beach

Doing nothing is a perfectly viable option to enjoy Rawa Island.

Simply sit on the soft sand facing the sea and observe the waves coming to the shore. You may not even be aware that you have been craving some alone time!

Or you can pick up a book that you haven’t had time to read and relish the words together with the sound of the waves and swaying palm trees!

Chill With A Good Book By The Beach at Rawa Island

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12. Try sleeping In A Hammock

Of all the activities in Rawa Island, this is another activity that requires minimal effort on your part!

It’s not something you can do in most parts of Singapore either!

Find the nearest hammock and settle in! There are hammocks available all around the resorts!

Try sleeping In A Hammock at Rawa Island

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They make for comfortable perches to enjoy the beach and ocean views!

You might even find yourself taking a well-deserved nap as the sea breeze rocks you gently.

13. Play Some Board Games Like Jenga

Your resort may have an assortment of games and cards stashed away for guests to use:

Play Some Board Games at Rawa Island

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Open up a box of nostalgia (literally) and play your favorite games from your childhood. Or have some drinks over a game of poker or slapjack!

UNO Cards Game at Rawa Island

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Have kids? It’s time to introduce them to what life was like before electronic games took over! Some friendly competition is healthy for any child’s development!

14. Take A Sunset Stroll Around The Island

Your bucket list of what to do in Rawa Island isn’t complete without a sunset stroll on Rawa Island!

Take A Sunset Stroll Around The Island

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Besides just walking along from one end of the beach to the other, take the 20-minute Island Walk Trail which fringes the west side of the island:

From Alang’s Rawa Resort, make your way towards the second resort continuing to the edge of the island.

Helpful sign boards point the way! Stop when you reach the jungle trek starting point.

15. Taste Some Local Food

Both Alang’s Rawa Resort and Rawa Island Resort have restaurants that serve delicious Malaysian cuisine. Prices are higher than what you would generally see elsewhere in Malaysia.

Rawa Special Fish

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They do have other cuisines from around the world too! And a fresh spread of seafood for their barbeque. The seafood marinade consists of local spices!

Try the Rawa Special Fish if you happen to be staying at Alang’s Rawa Resort!