Pulau Pef is a mini Raja Ampat all in one - meaning that it offers not only world class diving and snorkelling on the house reef and a large variety of dive sites in the general area surrounding the island, but also a host of other exciting activities close to nature - hiking, climbing, kayaking, swimming, sunbathing, walking, imaging, birding or just plain relaxing!
Dive or snorkel on the house reef. (5)
Take a stroll on the jungle trail that leads to a beautiful private beach with an aquamarine swimming lagoon. (7 & 8)
Climb the rocky outcrop 'house' mountain to see spectacular 360° views of Pulau Pef. (9)
Walk down the jetty on the side opposite to the front main beach, for peace and quiet in a pristine mangrove bay. (11)
Kayak around Pulau Pef's inlets and bays, islands, lagoons and hidden lake. (13)
See the ancient rock paintings on the limestone cliffs. (14)
Walk through the jungle, for incredible imaging opportunities. (12)
Find the best spots to sit quietly to observe the particularly magnificent bird life on the island.
Or simply relax in the hammock or sun-lounger on your private deck, enjoying the breeze and beautiful views... (4)
Main jetty and pier
Dive centre, reception and main office
Over water restaurant
House reef - diving/snorkelling
Private beach and lagoon
Trail to private beach and lagoon
'House' mountain viewpoint
AC camera room
Jetty to silent bay - Kayak starting point
Ancient rock art on karst cliffs
Pef House Reef
The house reef of Pulau Pef offers good diving and snorkelling opportunities, with a great variety of fish and critters. Night dives are convenient, colourful and productive, with the endemic Raja Ampat walking shark often sighted. At times a school of bat-fish reside under the pier making for good photographic opportunities, while the sun rays stream between the poles. A snorkel along the reef reveals colourful coral gardens and whatever you happen to encounter - the possibilities are endless: clown fish in anemones, schools of bump head parrot fishes, napoleon fishes, every shape and size of reef fish, octopus, cuttle fish, resting wobbegong sharks, nudibranchs, stingrays, eagle rays.... At dusk, just underneath the jetty, underwater photographers can try their hand at capturing an image of the shy by beautiful mandarin fish, which only makes it appearance fleetingly as the light fades into night, sometimes even exhibiting a very brief mating display; and as dusk turns into night, the reef comes alive as the night critters become active.
Pulau Pef is perfect for exploring with a Kayak: it offers inlets, bays, islands, lagoons, beaches, shallow reefs, mangroves, a hidden lake, ancient rock paintings on Karst cliffs.
The starting point is in the tranquil mangrove bay opposite the main jetty. A snack is included for half-day, and a picnic is included for full-day rentals.
Savour the peace and quiet of the island, surrounded by pristine nature; ideal for birding, for snorkelling and hopping off the kayak for some exploration of the nooks and crannies of Pulau Pef on foot.
Just take a few steps into the Jungle on Pulau Pef, and another world is revealed: eerily quiet, because as the human being stamps noisily on the leafy forest floor, every creature scrambles in an attempt to hide. A similar concept applies underwater - once you calm your breathing, relax yourself, and approach slowly and carefully, you suddenly ‘see’ much more.
Pef's natural forest has tall giant ancient trees which overwhelm the senses, and staring up into the canopy above, often there are many sightings of beautiful birds flying overhead, typically flocks of very vocal Sulphur crested cockatoos. The deeper you move into the forest, and the quieter your movements became, the more you begin to 'see'. Your eyes open to tiny wondrous bugs on the colourful wild mushrooms, insects that camouflage themselves to look just like leaves, and even discarded crushed butterfly wings, laying in the pathway scattering wondrous butterfly dust into the wind....
Pulau Pef is quite simply a birder's delight. The cacophony of exotic sounds in the early mornings is particularly memorable. On any given morning it is typical to hear a crazed orchestra of the beautiful melodious sounds of Butcher birds and Friar birds, Beach King Fishers, and the not-so-melodious squawks of Lorikeets, Black Palm Cockatoos, Sulphur crested Cockatoos and Parrots while Sea-Eagles soar soundlessly above the tree-tops and can be observed returning to established aeries. During the day flocks of Eclectus parrots often fly by over the tops of the palm trees, screeching as they go, and occasionally the exaggeratedly loud sound of Blyth's hornbills can be heard as they pass overhead. In the mangroves, Straited Herons poise, dead still, ready to pluck fish from the shallows, Kingfishers hunt fish along the shore and a sea-eagle will often pass by with a freshly caught wriggling fish in their beak.
Pulau Pef itself has a number of 'mountain' limestone outcrops covered in lush greenery. The smallest of them all, the 'house mountain' which is located directly behind the walkway to the guest bungalows, is a relatively simple climb, and offers spectacular 360° views of the island. There are various view points at lower vantage points, and can be accessed easily by those not wishing to climb all the way to the top of the mountain. During day trips to other islands in the area, such as Pulau Fam, there are also places with beautiful vantage points, with lovely views on a sunny day. Shoes with a protective non-slip sole will be helpful, although the local Papuans bound up in a few seconds, bare-foot! If you plan to climb or even walk through the jungle, it would help to bring a pair of walking shoes/sandals (eg: Keens/Teva's/Crocs).
Jungle trail to private beach and lagoon
Take a leisurely stroll on the jungle trail that leads to a beautiful private beach and aquamarine swimming lagoon.
Walking under the shady tree canopy of the forest, listen to the sounds of the jungle along the way, glimpse the occasional monitor lizard scurrying for cover and observe the proliferous bird life.
Explore the beach area, take a swim in the lagoon or snorkel over to the little islets across the way, or simply relax with a good book on your private beach.