Pulau Rawa is one of the islands located 16 km off Mersing (i.e. a small town in Johor Malaysia). So how to go to Pulau Rawa?
How To Go To Pulau Rawa
If this is your first time travelling to Pulau Rawa, you might be wondering how to go to Pulau Rawa.
To get to Pulau Rawa, you will first need to go to Mersing Jetty. All boats and ferries will depart from Mersing Jetty.If you have booked a package from the Pulau Rawa Resort, they will arrange a transfer from Mersing Jetty to the island.
Do not worry for breakfast if you are going to catch the earliest schedule. At the ferry terminal, there are restaurants and convenience stores if you want to fill your stomach or to grab some last minutes needs.
Just in case if you need to spend a night in Mersing, you can walk around in the town. There are hotels, banks, internet cafes, supermarkets around and it is only 15-20 minutes walk from the jetty.
If you are driving to Mersing, there is a secure car park where you can park you car overnight there. The charges is about RM8 per day.
The boat ride will take approximately 1 hour by slow boat and 30 minutes by speed boat. The departure time is dependent on availability of boats. The price will also depend on the size of your group that is travelling to Pulau Rawa. It will usually cost about RM35 – RM45 per trip. Alternatively, you should get the arrangement from the resort to pick up at Mersing Jetty.
Alternatively, you can take the ferry service. The ferry will stop at Pulau Rawa between the route from Mersing to Pulau Tioman. The tickets will cost about RM45 each way. There are ferries every one to two hours between 9.30am to 5.30pm. So it is quite convenient to catch a ferry to Pulau Rawa.
By Public Transport
How to go to Pulau Rawa if you don’t have a transport? You can go to Mersing Jetty by taxi or coach. You can get a coach from Larkin Bus station, Johor Bahru.
It will cost about RM120/cab per way (charter) or RM8/way for bus. Johora Express is one of the coach service operators. They will depart early in the morning around 8.30am. However, the schedule is not frequent.
If you really can’t catch the early bus, you can take any bus from Johor Bahru to Kuantan. The cost will be higher at RM15/way as they are charging as full from Johor Bahru-Kuantan fare instead of Johor Bahru-Mersing.
Most of the buses will drop you off at the roundabout. You will then need to take Jalan Abu Bakar to get to the guesthouses.
If they dropped you at the back of the Embassy hotel, you will just need to walk straight to the big buildings into the main town to Jalan Abu Bakar.
How To Go To Pulau Rawa From Singaproe
Are you travelling from Singapore and wonder how to go to Pulau Rawa from Singapore?
You can go to Pulau Rawa via car and boat. It will take about 3 hours drive from your Singapore home / office to Mersing Jetty. However, you should expect much longer if you are travelling at peak hours or during long weekends. If you are getting a transfer van, it will cost about SGD 350 return from Singapore to Mersing Jetty.
If you are driving your own car, you can drive to Kota Tinggi from Tebrau Highway. The distance is approximately 138 km. You will never miss the exit because you will see signboard to the town along the highway. Once you arrive at the jetty, you can park your car at secured parking spaces for a very cheap rate! So you don’t need to worry about your car safety.
If you are going to Pulau Rawa after work on Friday night, there are boats available for you till midnight. You can book a charter boat with Alang’s Resort, cost about RM500 per boat. So you can get to Mersing Jetty on Friday night and upon arrival on Pulau Rawa, they will serve you with dinner.
If you have booked a room with Rawa Island Resort, you will need to take half day off. This is because Rawa Island Resort only has charter boats schedule during day time. You will need to be at Mersing Jetty before 7pm.
How To Go To Pulau Rawa From Kuala Lumpur, KL
Besides, westerners, Singaporean, there are many travellers from Kuala Lumpur too. If you are also travelling from Kuala Lumpur, most people will ask what will be the best way and how to go to Pulau Rawa.
If driving is not an option for you, you can travel down by air to the Nearest airport at Senai, in Johore Bahru. Then take a taxi to Mersing Jetty.
If you are driving down to Johor, the common road to the island will be via the PLUS North-South highway to the South and exit through Air Hitam (after Yong Peng).
After toll gate, take a right turn and continue your journey to Kluang and from there you will be able to get Mersing by taking a 3 o’clock turn at the roundabout. It will take about 3 to 4 hours drive from KL to Mersing Jetty.
Driving to Mersing is a long journey, there are two options that can shorten the route:
1) From KL to Kuala Pilah to Bandar Muazzam Shah to Mersing
This route is on a winding road.
2) From KL to Kluang to Nitar to Mersing
You can avoid the winding road via this route.
Usually the traffic is not heavy even on the festive seasons because both Bandar Muazzam Shah and Nitar are the palm oil plantation estates.
>> Tip @ Island In Malaysia: Advisable to use either routes only during day time.