The island, located about five hours by boat from Mersing, is renowned for its rich marine life in the surrounding waters. Avid anglers on deep-sea fishing expeditions often stop and stay overnight here. Visitors will get a taste of the local lifestyle at the thriving fishing village.
Pemanggil Holidays operates a cluster of 24 beachfront kampong-style chalets with full board 3D/2N packages that include boat transfers. Kampung-style meals featuring fresh fish dishes are served in the adjoining restaurant.
Jetty: Mersing ferry terminal by hired boats.
Things to do: Anglers can fish for hours some 2km away in waters rich with fish popular in our local diet. Visitors can have their catch cooked at the restaurant or have it packed to take home.
Pemanggil Island sits 45 km east of Mersing, the take-off point to most islands off the Southern coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It is situated next to Tioman, requires a 4 to 5 hours ride by boat from Mersing. To get to Mersing itself takes 4½ hours by car or roughly 6 hours by coach from Kuala Lampur.
As with most inhabited islands in Malaysian waters, Pemanggil has its fair share of history, mystery and spookytales. The island is fishermen's best-kept secret. It is well known for deep sea fishing and good hunting grounds for marlins, black ones if you're fortunate, and mackerels.
This remote island is also famed for the beauty and abundance of marine life within its clear emerald waters. Its other magnetic charms include endless stretches of white sandy beaches and awesome snorkeling spots. Fishing and diving is excellent here.
For the adventurous, the hill outcrop of the island makes for a challenging climb and the summit holds an inherent scenic beauty of the far reaching ocean.
On the north-eastern coast of Pemanggil Island is Teluk Lancang, an isolated bay whew coconut trees grow in abundance admist the tropical vegetation. At the heart of the island, there is a huge boulder known locally as Batu Buau which locals regard as sacred. It would definitely not go unnoticed and is clearly visible as far as 50 km from the south of Tioman Island.
This is the main kampung (village) where the first settlers made home. A clinic, a mosque, a police outpost and a school form the backbone of the community. The school is made up of only 15 students with ages ranging from 5 to 12years. One of the reasons many families have moved away from the island is the need to pursue further education for their children. The population of the island has now dwindled to a mere 60villagers and continues to drop as younger folk leave in search of their own destinies where bright lights, big cities lure them.
A 20minute ride round to the back of the island brings you to this secluded bay. Close to Temiang beach in 20 feet of water lies a cargo wreck. On its way back to Thailand, the boat laden with maize and tamarind smashed into the rocky bay one stormy November day in 1966 and sunk instantly, taking with her one unfortunate sailor. Today, it's brimming with a new lease of life as an artificial reef. Barnacles adorn the twisted metal and reef fishes dart in and out of portholes. Visitors such as the humphead wrasse and the rock cods can be found grazing around the wreck.
Malaysia Island map
Pemanggil Island photo gallery