A tiny, rocky island off of the eastern coast of malaysia, Pulau Rawa has seen some tourist development because of the great beaches on its western half. With only two resorts on the island, you won't see a high number of sun-screened noses or colorful lawn umbrellas, but you'll have plenty of time to immerse yourself in the peaceful and the serene.
Small and rocky, without a single cultural monument or landmark, Rawa shines in that it truly is all about a stretch of beach that feels far from civilization. Getting there can be tricky, especially in the off-season, when ferries from Mersing and nearby Tioman are infrequent. Take note that snorkeling, windsurfing, and other beach-related activities may also be enjoyed, although you'll not be blown away by world-class conditions. Also, since the only food and drink you'll be buying on the island will be from its two resorts, prices will be quite expensive by Malaysian standards. Still, it's not so bad when you think about the fact that you'll be enjoying some excellent off-the-beaten-path traveling in a little slice of paradise.