Pulau Pemanggil Travel Guide

Pulau Pemanggil Mersing

Pulau Pemanggil (a.ka. Pemanggil Island) a conglomerated island with other islands known as Pulau Aur, Pulau Besar and Pulau Dayang. Pulau Pemanggil Mersing has made its fame among fellow fishermen for introducing an amazing saltwater fishing spot in the south region. Of course, it is actually a perfect spot for many amazing water sports activities, scuba diving adventure, snorkeling or fresh seafood feast.

Pulau Pemanggil Mersing has some of the spookiest urban legends, myths, folklores and stories circulating among the local villages. For starters, here are two mysterious urban legends on Pulau Pemanggil.

#1 The Buau Rock

One of the famous myth was The Buau Rock or “Batu Buau”. People believed that the rock descended the spirited voice of a guardian known as “Nenek Buau”. The story explains how the voice of the guardian would guide boatmen to the island in dreams. From generation to generation of the inhabitants in the Buau Village of the island, the head of village would pay respect with offerings annually. It is made belief that if they failed to do so, the villagers on the island would be haunted with unforeseen hardship in life.

#2 The Pontianak Village

The other famous folklore was from The “Pontianak” Village or “Kampung Pontianak”. The term “Pontianak” refers to a spirit or phantom which feeds on newborn’s blood, perhaps more widely known as the vampire in the Western context. There was a myth about this phantom figure wailing in the middle of the night with a detached head and body, roving around the village. In the olden days, villager believes that lighting up the body of a detached head would forbid the “pontianak” in the evil acts. The term “Pontianak” remains as part of the village name but no one has actually experience any paranormal activities today. Kampung Pontianak remains peaceful and quiet; villagers are living a happy life.

Where Is Pulau Pemanggil Johor

If you are driving from Kuala Lumpur to Pulau Pemanggil Johor, you can expect a 6-hours bumpy drive. As for those travelling from Johor Bahru to Mersing, perhaps a 3-hours drive can bring you to the jetty. From the jetty to Pulau Pemanggil Johor, it would take approximately 4 to 5-hours boat ride to reach the island. Wow! Long travelling time but absolutely worth it! Similarly, to Pulau Rawa and Pulau Besar, you can travel to Pulau Pemanggil from the Mersing Jetty, Johor. The jetty has many boat rides cater for different islands at the region. Of course, travelers are recommended to check the boat ride schedules as the time tables may vary and limited in different time within the day. Changes are sometimes subjected to weather and sea condition too. However, the staff would usually provide you with the correct information.

Pulau Pemanggil Map

Pulau Pemanggil Resorts & Chalets

Pulau pemanggil resort

With the white sand beach and blue ocean, you defintely looking for resorts or a comfortable chalet-style accomodations to stay in Pulau Pemanggil.

It is just an easy choice to choose for the accomodation because there isn’t much choice for you and you only have 2 options. A more expensive comfortable resort or a more affortable accomodation for the experience of a backpacker.

You can learn more about where to stay in Pulau Pemanggil here >> Pulau Pemanggil Resorts

Things To Do In Pulau Pemanggil

Enough of the spooky adventure, let’s talk about the real adventures on Pulau Pemanggil! Pulau Pemanggil is known for fishing island. Many visitors will come to Pulau Pemanggil and enjoy the joy of fishing.

Snorkelling and scuba diving are definitely the popular activities on the island. Learn more about Things To Do In Pulau Rawa.

Islands Nearby Pulau Pemanggil




If you are thinking to explore Pulau Pemanggil and you have a week of holiday in Mersing Johor, you should not miss the islands nearby.

Here are some of the others beautiful Island that you should also explore: