The major sectors of economy in Manjung District are agriculture, services and manufacturing. Agriculture is still the main economic sector, providing the majority of the population’s employment. Manjung District is well known for its livestock, especially chicken. Sea fishing and fish/prawn farming are the most important economic activities of some communities. At least 5,000 residents are fishermen. Farming of fresh-water fish and prawns are being carried out thoroughly in the district.
Pangkor Island is an untouched holiday resort that attracts over 1 million tourist yearly.South of Pulau Pangkor lies a cluster of nine breath taking islands known collectively as Pulau Sembilan; Pulau Agas, Pulau Payong, Pulau Nipis, Pulau Rumbia, Pulau Lalang, Pulau Saga, Pulau Buluh, Black Rock and White Rock. From November to March, holiday makers flock to these islands. Secluded and uninhabited, the most popular is Pulau Lalang, which is known for its refreshing clear stream and perfect white sandy beach.
Snorkelling and diving are ‘must do’ activities if one were to visit these islands – Pulau Rumbia and Pulau Lalang. At 15 metres deep, the sandy bottoms of both islands are dotted with countless of colourful corals. While among the many exotic marine life found here are groupers, snappers and barracudas. Another great spot area for diving is between Pulau Buluh and Pulau Saga..
There are also ruins of a 330-year-old Dutch fort which was one of the Dutch strongholds against pirates and local Malays. Another historical interest on Pangkor Island is the Pangkor Stone Tablet (Batu Bersurat Pangkor in Malay) which is near the Dutch fort.
Pangkor island is populated by fisherfolk who occupy the eastern coastline. The island is also famous for its anchovies and squids.
Meanwhile, about 15 minutes away from Marina Island Pangkor lies the internationally known Pangkor Laut Island, a small privately owned island to the southwest of the main island, is the second largest of the nine islands that make up the Pangkor archipelago. Pangkor Laut is known for its white beaches and crystal clear waters. It has three main beaches, namely Emerald Bay, Coral Beach and Royal Bay.
Besides Pangkor Island and Marina Island Pangkor, there are other beaches in Manjung which are popular among locals and tourists. Teluk Batik Beach is a favourite spot for campers, picnickers, swimmers and sun-lovers alike. Those who prefer privacy would love the tranquil Teluk Rubiah, a beach surrounded by verdant hills and accessible by only a single entrance. Other beaches are Pasir Panjang Beach, the longest beach in Manjung and Teluk Senangin, a beautiful although remote beach just opposite Pangkor.
The Terrapin Breeding Centre is a breeding centre for terrapins (or Batagur baska) as well as information centre for wildlife enthusiasts.
There are also golf courses such as Damai Laut Golf and Country Club, Royal Teluk Rubiah Country Club and Samudera Golf Resort. There is also a waterfront driving range at Marina Island Pangkor.