Situated about 3 hrs from Singapore, this is a good option for a weekend getaway. The island is idyllic with crystal clear waters and white sand beaches. If you stay in one of the beachfront accommodations (we stayed in the frangipani villas) you'll sleep with the sound of waves crashing to shore and wake up to a lovely beach sunrise. The facilities are average: restaurant/bar with mediocre buffet style meals, a few non-beach activities like a trampoline, pool table and ping pong, water sport rental shop w/ kayaks/snorkel gear (btw water is brought in from the mainland and the showers/faucets in the rooms dispense salty water). If you're looking for a luxurious resort experience, this isn't it, but if you are looking for a relaxing/worry-free weekend laying on a lovely beach, give this place a try.
Tip for travelers from Singapore: 5StarTours http://www.fivestarsonline.com/ has a 630am bus that drops you off in Mersing around 10am. Speed boats for Rawa depart at 10am and noon, try to catch the 10am one as there isn't much to do in Mersing while you wait for the noon boat. Causeway Link is a cheap bus option back to Singapore and has a better schedule than 5StarTours (so you can depart the island later in the morning/early afternoon). http://www.causewaylink.com.my/More
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