Rawa Island

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Pulau Rawa is part of a string of small islets and reefs lying 5 kilometers northwest of the Perhentian Islands. Around this idyllic island bathed by crystal-clear waters, you will see clownfish, angelfish, stingrays and dozens of other reef fish species. If you stay on the Perhentian, don’t miss this tour, which is one of the best snorkeling experience you can expect in the area.
How to get there?

Rawa Island lies a few miles from the Perhentian Islands. You will need to book a half-day (or full-day) boat tour from your hotel or a dive center to reach this snorkeling site. Tours to Rawa Island leaves daily from Kecil and Besar, and generally includes a second snorkeling stop on Pulau Serenggeh. Lunch is generally not included in day tours, but your guide will drop you at a restaurant. Check when booking.

Water entrance

You will generally enter the water from the boat. Follow the instructions of your guide.

Aerial view


The area to explore covers the reefs located along the beach, on the west side of the island. The seabed is mostly sandy, interspersed with rocks and coral clusters (including branching, lettuce and Porites coral), pretty well preserved (↕2-5m/6-15ft). Numerous giant clams, of all sizes, are embedded in the reef.

The underwater life in this spot is rich and varied, and you will most probably spot a wide variety of fish species. Rabbitfish, wrasse, damselfish and triggerfish are easy to see. Sea anemones are living on the reef: most of them contain ocellaris clownfish, better known by kids as "Nemo". In the deeper areas, you may get the chance to see a shoal of green humphead parrotfish. They can grow up to 3ft/1.30 meters long, and as they are particularly impressive. With a little luck, you will perhaps cross the road of a magnificent blue spotted stingray or a blacktip reef shark.

Rawa Island Snorkeling Clownfish
Ocellaris clownfish in a sea anemone on Rawa Island's reef

At this spot, the water is particularly clean and clear, and the visibility is excellent. Sea conditions can vary, on the other hand. Follow your tour guide’s instructions.

Restaurants and accommodation

Rawa Island is an unspoiled site, and there are no restaurant on the islet. Take your own water with you, at least. Lunch is generally not included in day tours, but your guide will drop you at a restaurant. Check beforehand.

Snorkeling Report gives the most precise tips possible about the snorkeling spots and potential dangers, but each one of us is responsible for our own safety in the water. For more information, take a look at the snorkeling safety page. If you want to add extra information or make any corrections to the spot descriptions, please contact us.

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Spot tips

  • Level of difficulty
    All levels
  • Maximum depth
  • Water entrance
    Easy, from a boat
  • Potential Dangers
  • Lifeguard
  • Visitor numbers
  • Access costs
    Price of boat half-day/day tour
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Public toilets & showers

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