Pulau Pemanggil, Mersing, Johor is located 45km east of Mersing town. A popular myth revolves around the island, where an Indonesian man drifting near Pulau Pemanggil with his family heard a voice telling him to settle on the island. It is how Pulau Pemanggil got its name, which means “caller” in Malay. The voice is said to be the guardian of the isle. The Indonesian man landed and saw a huge boulder, the Batu Buau on the island. It is believed that the boulder is sacred, and the guardian resides in the rock. Until this day, you can see numerous offering made to Batu Buau on the island.
There are a few options to reach Pulau Pemanggil from Mersing Town Jetty. The fastest speed boat takes about 1.5 hours, and the Ferry will take 2 hours and forty-five minutes for a one-way trip. It cost between RM 60 to 70 each way. However, do factor in time waiting for tide and transport. The island is still unknown to many. Thus, you will be greeted with endless stretches of white sandy beaches, amazing snorkeling spots and abundance of marine life within its clear emerald waters.
The island is inhabited by a handful of locals, many who fish for a living. Have a chat with the friendly locals where they share their lives and tales. Resorts and chalets in traditional Malay architectural style are found on the island. You will be able to rent canoes and jet skis to explore the shores and waters at your pace.
Pulau Pemanggil, Mersing Johor has abundant to offer those who are looking for a quiet getaway. Love Pulau Pemanggil, Mersing, Johor? We found four other pristine islands and beaches off Mersing, Johor – Pulau Rawa, Pulau Tinggi, Pulau Sibu and Pulau Aur for your perfect island getaway.