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Guide to Pianemo Island

Beautiful group of islets with stunning panoramic views

Also known as Pulau Penemu, this group of islets forms part of what has been dubbed as ‘the last paradise on Earth’: Raja Ampat. With its lush vegetation and crystal clear waters, Pianemo Island offers you and your charter party an idyllic getaway. Given its location in Indonesia, it boasts of a tropical climate that is ideal for hiking and diving.

Unlike other South East Asian charter destinations like Thailand, Pianemo’s beautiful islands are free of tourists so there couldn’t be a better place to escape to for a quiet and relaxing luxury charter vacation. As is the case across the Raja Ampat archipelago, this island has an exceptional marine biodiversity. Choosing a motor yacht with snorkeling and diving equipment is therefore an absolute must as you won’t want to miss the opportunity to swim with manta rays, wobbegong sharks, and other sea life that are nestled in the vibrant coral reefs characteristic of the region. 

Pianemo Island is perfect for those of you who are more adventurous as it is replete with karst hills that you can hike up for panoramic views of the collection of islets. These karsts can be sharp and difficult to climb though, so if you still want stunning views over the islets, then you can climb up over 300 wooden stairs (roughly a 10-minute climb) to reach the Pianemo Peak; Pianemo Peak is the highest point on the island whose views over the region’s lush green jungles and crystal blue waters will take your breath away. 

Alternatively, be sure to take advantage of your superyacht’s tender to weave in between the different islets for a different view of them. 

Keen to retain its status as an untouched paradise, Raja Ampat’s different islands are committed to ecotourism. As part of the initiative, the small villages on Pianemo offer many homestays with local residents; for a truly immersive experience of local culture, these homestay hosts will serve you traditional island dishes and make traditional crafts. 

While Pianemo Island is still relatively unknown, this remote charter destination has a rich history that dates back to prehistoric times. Be sure to check out the island’s caves where you can see evidence of early human settlement in the form of cave paintings and other artefacts. 

If you are interested in incorporating a visit to this island into your Raja Ampat charter itinerary then get in touch with your chosen charter broker to find out more. 

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Stunning coral reefs
Incredible marine biodiversity
Secluded charter destination
Panoramic viewpoints
Great hiking opportunities
Pristine beaches

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