Pianemo Island in Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua
Not only Raja Ampat is famous for its nautical beauty, but it also has a formation of majestic islands. One of destinations in West Papua as for reference, there is Pianemo Island or Karang Island. Being one of the biggest islands, it becomes travelers’ favorite choice when exploring West Papua Province. It is also popular due to its karst hills and stunning underwater scenery. That means most tourists are likely to enjoy sightseeing once they have reached Pianemo. In terms of size, it is smaller than others, especially Waigeo Island.
As mentioned before, the island has several karst islands. Even though they are not as big as that of Wayag Island, they share the same beauty. People even call those karst hills as the mini Wayag. What’s next? Pianemo Island is also rich in nature, covered by trees and bushes. There are several islands, as well. That means tourists are likely to perform island hopping in Pianemo. It is because a speedboat service is available, so everyone can get around easily.
Exploring Pianemo Island
Despite the small size, Pianemo Island is worth an exploration. Hiking becomes the most popular thing to do, after all. Thanks to the existence of several karst hills, on which tourists can climb. The thing is everyone should be careful when hiking, as the landscape is considered uncomfortable and slippery. Not to mention sharp stones are scattered there. That means tourists can get hurt for being careless when exploring the karst hills. With a little bit effort and awareness, they can reach the top of the hills, though. The views have got no parallel, for sure.
What’s next? Pianemo Island is also popular for a famous cape called Bintang (the Star Cape). Like the name suggests, it has the shape of a star, seen from above. The nearby islands surround the cape, so it creates a shape of such star. In order to witness it clearly, tourists need to climb the hills first. It takes some efforts, indeed. As for the tip, they need to perform hiking in the morning, when the temperature is nice and the sun is warm. At least, they won’t get tired easily when climbing the hill.
The next adventure is to explore the nearby landscape, which features stunning blue sea and comfortable nuance. Pianemo is considered a small archipelago, after all. That means it is common sense to visit all available islands. Have no worries. A speedboat service is available with an affordable price. It is even cheaper during the working days. On the other hand, the price is more expensive on holidays.
- Mansuar Island
- Fam Island
- Jar Island
How to Get There
First things come first. Travelers need to visit Sorong City using an airplane. The destination is Domine Eduard Osok Airport, which takes several hours from Jakarta. There is an alternative, though. It is Marinda Airport, which is located in Waisai City. From there, take a local transportation service to Waisai Port and take a speedboat to Pianemo Island. Make sure to get the best price by comparing the rates!
Where to Stay
- Sea Fans Homestay
- Pianemo Homestay
- Waiwo Dive Resort
- Doberai Eco Resort
- Miosba Homestay