Raja4Divers dive resort is situated on Pulau Pef which is quite simply one of the most beautiful islands in the Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Dripping in lush virgin tropical jungle, the island is just waiting to be explored: spectacular bays, many smaller islets, blue lagoons, white sand beaches, hidden lakes, 'mushroom' outcrops, ancient rock art on karst cliffs, pristine blue-water mangroves, virgin jungle, and incredible variety of exotic birds, monitor lizards and cuscus. The island is surrounded by the world's richest reefs, many varied habitats and therefore diving is on a myriad of spectacular dive-sites.
Pulau Pef is located 48km (30mi) south of the equator, in the central Raja Ampat, almost touching Gam island to the east, north of the Dampier Strait and east of Fam islands, with Wayag to the north west.
The best way to describe Pulau Pef in a nutshell is: a 'mini Raja Ampat' all in one!
Long, long time ago, as legend would have it, Pulau Pef was a large compact mass of land ruled by a Raja (King).
One day, the Raja was awoken by a loud noise from the nearby Fam islands and he overheard the people of Fam discussing how they would overthrow him.
Tears running down his cheeks and in a fit of rage, he smashed his hands against the side of the cliffs of Pulau Pef.
The force was so powerful, that the island splintered and formed many small islets and bays. The Raja vowed that from that day forward, he would always watch over Pef.
To this day, the Raja's handprints are still visible on the limestone cliffs, and the imprint of the Raja is embossed permanently in the western shore-line (visible even in Google Earth!) forever watching over the inhabitants, reefs and fishes of the Raja's beloved Pulau Pef...
Ancient rock art, the Raja's hand-prints are still visible on the cliffs behind the resort
The position of the Raja 'imprint' in the bay and the hand prints on the cliff