Sixteen kilometres off the coast of Mersing is Pulau Rawa. Famed for its white coral sand, tall palm trees and coral reefs with neon-coloured fish and other exotic marine life.
This quiet island only has 2 choices of accommodation on it. The wooden chalets nestled amongst coconut groves complement the island’s reputation as a quaint hideaway.
The sea gets rough and murky during the east coast’s monsoon (November – March), so try to time your visit outside of this period.
How to get there
From Johor Bahru city centre, take the Johor Bahru-Kota Tinggi trunk road and on through the Kota Tinggi-Mersing trunk road (Highway 3). From the North-South Expressway, take the Ayer Hitam exit (Interchange 244) and drive towards Kluang and onwards using the Kluang-Jemaluang trunk road (Highway 50). After Jemaluang town, get onto the Kota Tinggi-Mersing trunk road, heading towards Mersing. Look out for signboards that will lead you to the Mersing Jetty.
Rawa Safaris’ has 63 chalets and bungalows and has a restaurant and pub. Le Club Rawa has a private beach with a small cluster of chalets tucked in front of a jungle.