Pulau Rawa, Best Places to Dive in Malaysia near Singapore

Diving in Malaysia

Orca Scuba currently provides diving in Malaysia from two locations - Kuala Lumpur and Pulau Rawa. Each location differs slightly in terms of what is offered at each. In KL we focus on theory lessons, swimming pool training, try dives and dive equipment sales. On Pulau Rawa we provide all aspects of dive training, instruction and fun diving - including 'open water' or ocean diving.

We can book your diving activities and help arrange your accommodation and transfers via our partners. Plus you'll find all sorts of activities for non-divers. There's kayaking and other watersports; there's a badminton and volleyball court; and there's a games room and children's trampoline.

Where can you dive in Malaysia?

Where can you dive in Malaysia?

Having explored much of the diving in Malaysia, we've made Pulau Rawa our home away from home. We have been diving here for years, even before Orca Scuba was born. In fact that's how our dive centre came to be - the resort asked us to move in!

When it comes to diving holidays in Malaysia, Pulau Rawa has everything - beautiful beaches, pretty beachfront villas, great food, and a house reef just metres off the shore. That's why, in early 2016, we opened Orca Scuba Rawa, our first fully operational PADI dive centre. We now have a full-time team of PADI dive instructors on the island, who are based right by the water at the most northern point of the beach. Our dive centre is in the ideal location for shore dives, and within easy walking distance of the main resort and house reef.

"We saw many beautiful fish and other sea life. The diving from Rawa is great - shore diving right from the resort. Nothing easier!"

Activities for non-divers and families

As a dive business, it's easy to get carried away talking about sharks, shrimps, turtles and the latest and greatest things you've seen underwater. But we at Orca Scuba are well aware that not everybody dives. Aside from its outstanding white beach, one of the best things about Pulau Rawa is its wide range of non-diving activities.


"I would say it's the nicest beach closest to Singapore... Everything is thought of for the guest... Food was awesome... There was something for everyone including the kids. The slide was fun to play with. Lots of rain activities too in case of rain."


Perhaps Rawa's best known installation is the massive slide, where kids can spend hours bombing into the crystal clear water by the beach. But there's a lot more than that - games room with pool tables, volleyball, badminton, trampoline, watersports, games. The resort has something for everyone. Non-divers have no excuse for being bored!

Non-Diver Activities, Pulau Rawa, Malaysia

"For a family get away it was fantastic... We didn't need the jet skis or parasailing... the waterslide, jumping off the jetty and feeding the fish was enough."

Map of Pulau Rawa Dive Sites, off Mersing

What's the diving like on Rawa?

If you're wondering where's the best place to dive in Malaysia, then Rawa has to be up there among the better options. The house reef is right in front of the resort - ideal for both snorkelling and diving - and super-easy access. There are also some great dive sites to explore elsewhere around the island, with caves, rock formations and even an underwater obstacle course. It's a fantastic place to dive, but don't take our word for it. Check out the reviews on TripAdvisor here.


"The diving in Rawa is so pretty!"

"Great place and we had wonderful dives."

"The corals are abundant and healthy and the reef is untouched."


Rawa Island is situated with the Sultan Marine Park, which is one reason why marine life there is extremely diverse. There are unusual gobies, one of the best colonies of clownfish you'll find anywhere, bamboo sharks and turtles. By night you'll discover even more amazing critters - octopi, cuttlefish, an amazing variety of sea urchins, some of which are found only in certain parts of Malaysia. There are also small crustaceans, shrimp, crabs... the list goes on. What makes Rawa so exceptional are the conservation efforts of the resort owners. Thanks to them, Rawa's reef is thriving. In fact it's the only reef in the area with 100% coral cover, which is very unusual. Nevertheless, if you want to explore further afield, there are plenty of other dive sites nearby, giving you a nice mix of shore and boat diving.

Take a dive course in Malaysia

As a Five Star PADI 'Instructor Development Center' with regular visits from external Course Directors, we teach all levels of diver - from complete beginner to Master Instructor. Whether you're doing your theory or skills training in a swimming pool in Kuala Lumpur, or you're completing an advanced diving course, or specialty course in Pulau Rawa, we believe we offer the best instruction in South East Asia. Our approach to dive instruction is completely flexible - within reason you can spread your training over as long as period as you like, and we can mix and match dive locations to suit your preferences and your budget - from simple diving close to shore, to exotic diving with one of our liveaboard partners. If you're interested in a dive course you can find more information here.

What's the easiest way to get to Pulau Rawa?

The island is easily accessible from both Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. The easiest, and most dive friendly, is to avoid flying and travel by car. Simply head for Mersing, on Malaysia's east coast, then transfer to Rawa via the island's speedboat transfer service. Although some of our Singapore customers drive themselves to Rawa - it's a straightforward journey, but others choose to book a private taxi to get them there. Likewise for those coming from KL. The transfer usually takes 2.5 hours (4 hours from KL), traffic dependent, including a 20-minute boat ride from Mersing. The ferry can all be arranged by Rawa Island Resort, and there's private parking for those who take their own car. Orca Scuba's customer service team can provide advice on transport options. Contact them here.

"Definitely going back again. So convenient to get to Rawa from Singapore!"


What facilities are there on Pulau Rawa?

Rawa Island is beautifully rustic, with just two accommodation providers. There are no roads, cars or motorbikes, which makes it the perfect place to unwind and relax. Each room has an en-suite bathroom and air conditioning, and a buffet style restaurant will keep you feeling full for your whole stay. There are plenty of water sports other than diving available, plus activities for smaller kids like an amazing slide and play room. WiFi is available at locations around the resort. You can even have a massage at the spa to help you relax between dives!

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