15 Fun Things To Do In Rawa Island That You Probably Didn’t Know

There’s something for everyone
By: agnes
July 5, 2022

Rawa Island, or Pulau Rawa, is like a piece of Maldives in the land of Malaysia. Featuring white sandy beaches and beautiful clear blue water, Rawa Island is a hot spot for tourists. Many go there to relax and enjoy the scenic beauty of the island. But there’s so much more to do. From snorkelling and jungle trekking to fishing and going on water slides, here are some fun things to do in Rawa Island that you probably didn’t know.

1. Snorkelling

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If you’re planning some fun things to do in Rawa Island then snorkelling has got to be on your list. With water as blue as the ones you can find on this island, it’s a lifetime experience. You can also see an abundant amount of marine wildlife and even touch them (if they don’t swim away fast enough). 

2. Island Hopping

One of the fun things to do in Rawa Island is visiting other islands! Rawa Island features some amazing neighbouring islands such as Merinsip Island and Harimau Island. And you can visit them by speedboat. On these islands, you can opt to have a picnic or go for a swim at the sea.

3. Kayaking

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Have you tried kayaking on the beautiful waters of Rawa Island? If not then it’s one of the fun things to do in Rawa Island. There are many kayaking stations available throughout the beach so fret not. 

4. Fishing

Here’s one of the fun things to do in Rawa Island that you probably didn’t know about. Hotels on Rawa Island do offer fishing trips for those who want to experience this activity. Nevertheless, you’re only able to do this in groups. A group of 3-4 people would cost roughly RM300 for a fishing trip while a group of 5-10 people would cost RM500.

5. Beach Volleyball

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Looking for the exact scene right out of The Last Song? Then you’ll need to try beach volleyball, which is one of the most popular fun things to do in Rawa Island. The best part about this is you get some exercise amidst all the eating. And you get to even make some friends throughout the games.

6. Scuba Diving

Okay, so this may not be for everyone. But those with diving licenses can try one of the most popular fun things to do in Rawa Island – scuba diving. Through scuba diving, you can see some of the deepest and maybe even weirdest sea creatures!

7. Slide Down Water Slides

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You heard that right! Did you know that Rawa Island features two water slides completely available to the public? It’s one of the most fun things to do in Rawa Island for both adults and children alike! The blue slide is suitable for kids or those who are afraid of heights. On the other hand, the orange slide is taller and has more turns. Both slides will have you landing right into the clear blue water.

8. Take A Nap On A Hammock

While your children may not see this as fun, we’re pretty sure parents and adults would love an afternoon nap. Hammocks can be found all around the beaches on Rawa Island, underneath shady trees. Relax with a good book or with some calming music and doze the day away!

9. Jungle Trekking

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Want some fun things to do in Rawa Island that will also help burn some calories? How about a jungle trekking activity? Rawa Island is full of beautiful greenery and plants that you may not see in the city. There’s a well-known trail called the Hilltop Walk that takes about 30 minutes to complete. It offers beautiful views of the island and neighbouring islands.

10. Watch The Sunrise

It may not seem like much, but trust us when we say watching the sunrise is one of the most fun things to do in Rawa Island. In addition, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch the sunrise while laying on the beach. Take as many pictures as you want to, and maybe even do a timelapse video!

11. Suntanning

While we Malaysians prefer not to suntan like tourists, it’s something we should all try to do at least once. Suntanning is a great way to get Vitamin D and also sweat it out! Nevertheless, make sure to only suntan during the day and not in the afternoon. Furthermore, putting on some sunscreen would be good too.

12. Drink & Party

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Drinking and partying is one of the most fun things to do in Rawa Island if you’re going with a group of friends. While enjoying the cool breeze from the sea, you can order some drinks and dance to amazing music at the bars available. We recommend you do this when you’re staying another night as you’ll have time to recover the next day.

13. Go Camping

Need some fun things to do in Rawa Island? Well, if you’re feeling adventurous then we say set up a tent on the beach and camp! It may get a little windy throughout the night but it’s an experience like no other.

14. Explore The Florals

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One thing Rawa Island has to offer is beautiful flora and fauna. In fact, the island is home to The Cactus Garden, which houses many different species of cactuses. If plants are something you love looking at then we highly recommend you pay this spot a visit.

15. Just Relax

When you come to such a beautiful island like Rawa Island, sometimes it’s nice to just relax. Therefore, if you’re looking for relaxing and fun things to do in Rawa Island, we recommend you sit back and relax. Turn off your mobile phones and just take in the picturesque view.

The Best Time To Visit Rawa Island

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Rawa Island is quite well conserved, which allows people to enjoy and take in all the natural beauty. The island is typically sunny and hot most of the time. However, there are monsoon seasons which usually happen around November and December. During this time, it will rain every day and due to this, many hotels are actually closed. 

During the months of May and June, you may also experience rough tides. Therefore, if you’d like to avoid this then don’t visit the island during then. On the contrary, you can visit the island in January – April or July – October. During this time, the sea is calm and the sun is perfectly warm for the ultimate getaway experience. 

Where to next? How about a trip to the well-known Langkawi island? We’ve got the ultimate Langkawi island hopping list that you’ll want to check out! Or you can visit some amazing resorts and hotels in Sabah instead!

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