Pulau Pemanggil - Best Time to Go & Getting There, Johor Malaysia

The monsoon season in the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia sets in by end-October and lasts through till early-March. But the best time to visit the Pulau Pemanggil is from end-March to June and September to mid-October.



The island has 2 public phone booths provided by Telekom, our largest telecommunication company. One situated at Kampung Buau, which is in good working order and the other at Kampung Pak Kaleh. Be sure to purchase a telekom phonecard before you leave mainland, in case the local provision shop runs out of such supplies.


Electricity is on generators for the moment but there are plans for the National Electricity Board (TNB) to connect the island in the future. For the time being, electricity is from 7.30pm to 7.30am

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There isn't such facility on the island.

Money Changer

All transactions are conducted in Ringgit so get your money changed at Mersing or book your tour package, transportation and accommodation with your tour agent


The villagers converse only in Bahasa Malaysia and their island dialect, which is a variant of our national language. A few may be able to converse in pidgin English but if you do have problems, the staff at Lanting Beach Resort are conversant in English so try seeking them for help.

Things to Buy

Fishing boat models
Pak Boh lives in a little hut at the edge of Kampung Buau. He retired from his fishing career a few years ago, leaving his enormous task of bearing the responsibility of his large family, to his older boys. While sitting and pondering on the porch one fine evening, an idea came to him to continue his childhood hobby of carving. Having studied the shape and sizes of all kinds of boats passing by his front porch over the years, he began making mantelpiece models for sale.

He and his eldest son climb the slopes in search of the wood to harvest for his boat models. The wood is then left to dry in the sun for at least 2 weeks before Pak Boh tends to it. From memory and also from his experience as a fisherman, Pak Boh carves and structures the blocks of wood using only the most basic of tools - a knife, a mallet and, a pencil for marking the outlines. The rest is from memory. He specialises in traditional fishing boats and the boats are available either unvarnished or fully painted. My recommendation would be to go for the unvarnished version as Pak Boh usually works in dimly lit conditions which leaves such intricate work as 'model-painting' a little too much of a challenge for him.

And it's nicer to add your own finishing touches to the model - the unvarnished boats cost RM45 each on average, but ask again as there are various sizes which can cost between RM35 to RM75 each. Durian the season arrives in August and is plentiful all over the island. Only thing is that the ubiquitous monkeys on the island may get to it before any of us do! Sold at RM2.00 each


The season runs from May to September. You can get the boys to collect these mangos but only for a fee though. Sold at RM1.00 each

Food & Drinks

Food is usually provided at the resorts and is included with the accommodation packages. But if you so choose to walk around Kampung Buau, you may chance across a stall that sells 'satay landak'. This is a specialty here and yes, to confirm that your expanse of Bahasa vocabulary still serves you well, it IS 'porcupine satay' - cringe!!!

You could get some basics like fried noodles, maggie mee (instant noodles) and hot drinks for sale at the local café but no ALCOHOLIC drinks served on the island. So please BYOB if that is one of your main SOS's in your survival kit!

Getting There


Please check the tidal charts or weather forecast before leaving or planning your trip at http://www.met.gov.my. Island to check for is Tioman in the dropbox for all islands off Mersing ie pulau rawa, pulau besar, pulau sibu, pulau tioman, pulau pemanggil, pulau aur, pulau dayang... If you're planning to go to the islands during the Full Moon or when there is no moon, then be warned that there will be very extreme tidal conditions ie very high hightides and very low lowtides so boats may have difficulty leaving or entering the Mersing jetty. You may have to wait quite a while for the tidal change. Check the tidal charts.

By Air

Nearest airport is at Senai, in Johor Baru.

By Car

-From Kuala Lumpur

Take North-South Highway, head south towards Johor (from KL or North) . Exit at Ayer Hitam (exit 244) After toll gate , take a right turn at the traffic junction and head towards Kluang. Before entering Kluang town, there’s a roundabout, take 3 O’clock. Continue straight for several kilometres until the next roundabout where you take the 12 o' clock exit. Follow road signs to Mersing or Route 3.

Approximate travelling time : 5 hrs from KL

-From JB and Singapore

Via Woodlands causeway: After crossing over to Malaysia take the first U turn heading back towards the causeway. Take Jalan Wong Ah Fook and this will lead you through Johor Bahru City passing City Square shopping mall on your right. Look out for the overhead Bridge with the sign 'Kota Tinggi - Desaru'. Follow this sign leading you to route 3 . Route 3 will take you towards Kota Tinggi and Mersing. Just follow the signs.

Approximate travelling time : 2 1/2hrs from JB

- From Terengganu/Kuantan

Take Route 3(coastal road), heading south towards JB. For roadmap, please go to: www.jputra.com

Approximate travelling time from Kuantan, 3+hours

By Bus


A relatively small town with several streets and roundabouts linking the roads, one can just about walk around Mersing town in 1hour. On arriving at Mersing and if you wish to go straight to the jetty, either walk from Restoran Malaysia, which is one of the drop-off points closer to the guesthouses and motels in town or wait till you get to the final destination at Plaza R&R at the Mersing jetty if you do not intend to stay on in Mersing. This is your gateway to the islands and ferry tickets plus accommodation can be arranged with the various resort and transport offices. Be careful of touts!

For more information on how to get to or away from mersing by bus, go to Mersing Bus Schedules and Singapore-Mersing Bus Schedules

By Boat

Boats to Pemanggil

Boats leaving the jetty are scheduled to the tidal tables unless using speedboats. Most other boats can only enter and leave the jetty at high tides. There are no regular P.Pemanggil bound ferries which make the island off limits to most travellers. However, it is not impossible. Chartering a boat may be a little pricey but a group of 10 people can make the trip much more affordable.

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