I finally went on a short vacation. Every year, me and Y, my college buddy, would go on our Cuti Cuti Malysia trip. She’s a snorkeling fanatic, and learning diving as well. As for me, I’m just happy to tag along and enjoy quiet times by the beach where I’d be going through the same routine cheerfully:
- before leaving the room / hut / chalet, I’d slather sunblock / tanning oil (depending on whether I feel like I want to marinade myself with cream or oil
- pack my canvas tote with my book(s), sunblock, tanning oil, mineral water, small change (for ice cream yum yum), shades (not the Combat head teacher, but my sunglasses hehe), notepad / journal, beach towel or face towel
- find my spot on the beach and make myself comfortable on the sand or on the deck chair
- wave to Y occasionally when she sees that I’m out already
- take a dip in the sea
- come back and return to my reading / writing / snoozing
- repeat steps 4 to 6 as often as I like
What I didnt know about Rawa Island is the fact that it looks exactly like the pictures. Many times I have seen places that made me think “which angle did the photographer take the photo from?” because they have no resemblance WHATSOEVER to the brochure pictures promoting the place.
The water was clear and the beach was clean. We could snorkel right in front of the beach, much to Y’s delight. We started our journey at about 7:00 am and we drove down to Mersing. The boat ride took about 35 mins and I was relieved to find the island jetty to be of the higher version, where I wont have to wade towards reception with my knapsack in tow (I was prepared for that, anywho). Walking along the jetty, I saw how the jetty’s function was expanded: there was a water slide built into the jetty infrastructure. There were already kids screaming in delight when we arrived. Did I mention that the water was so clear we could see the corals and the fish swimming about when we look down from the jetty?
In the evenings, after dinner, I’d walk along the jetty. I’d look up and see the stars and recgnize one or two constellations. Even though I have very short hair, I could still feel the breeze ruffling them. Looking out, I could see yellow and white lights from other islands and fishing boats blinking in the distance. The guy who takes care of the sea sports hut told us that if the water’s cool enough, black-tipped sharks would swim up right until the spot where the water slide is. I didnt see it when I was there even though I kept a lookout for the 2-metre fish.
I definitely will return to Rawa Island. I promise.
Images courtesy of rawasfr.com