Diving in Rawa Island, Malaysia

Nestled in the Sultan Iskander Marine Park, Rawa Island has a fringing reef running the island’s length on the resort side. Its protected status has allowed marine life to flourish. Shore diving doesn’t get much better than this! Best of all, the reef is all ours!

Ten meters from the beach through the calm shallows is the healthiest of reefs. Spectacular hard-coral formations are home to colonies of sponges, countless anemones with their resident clownfish, schools of fusiliers and damselfish and all the tropical marine life you would expect in the coral triangle.

Venture a little ways off the reef into the sand and search for macro critters amongst the coral rubble and seagrass. Whip and branching coral forests are found next to coral bommie gardens at each end of the island and the jetty dive is nothing short of spectacular!

Rawa is perfectly suited for scuba training, those seeking relaxed diving, beginners, and families with kids. The dive sites are easily accessible with shallow, calm waters. If you fancy a dive with a bit more kick, dive from our boat on the untouched reefs of the surrounding uninhabited islands or check out our secret shipwreck just for Rawa guests! Malaysia is situated in the famous coral triangle and is often cited in the top five best dive spots worldwide. Watch this space for new OrcaNation dive locations in Malaysia!

Accommodation in Rawa Island, Malaysia

If a laid-back retreat with private island vibes is what you’re looking for, you’ll love Rawa Island Resort.  Rawa Island is beautifully rustic, just-remote-enough, and a number one location for scuba diving. There are no roads, cars, or motorbikes yet the island is bountiful with wildlife and brilliant vistas. The resort is perfect for individual scuba divers, couples, groups and families.


“I just love how dedicated OrcaNation is to education and conservation. Students leave loving the staff and loving their experiences. From the dives to the educational activities to the fun on the beach, it has always been a fabulous experience working with OrcaNation!”

The International School of Kuala Lumpur

“I am very happy to recommend OrcaNation without hesitation as a highly accomplished and professional team. They always go to great lengths to ensure that our students are well looked after and their back-stage team always work very closely with us to ensure that every detail is planned with impressive attention to detail.”

Tanglin Trust School

“We organised and completed our first Grade 9 expedition with OrcaNation in November 2019. From the initial point of planning the itinerary, to conducting a recce of the site, to then seeing the full delivery of the programme, it is fair to say that I was nothing short of being extremely impressed with the OrcaNation team. A highly dedicated and extremely professional company, who fully understand the diverse needs of schools and the concept of holistic education. I fully recommend OrcaNation to any school or college looking for the very best learning experiences in outdoor education!”

SJII Singapore

Are you planning to visit Rawa Island?

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