Panun Paradise Homestay is a single building building with six rooms on its own private island. Pulau Panun is an idyllic sand fringed island located out near the end of the long archipelago of scenic karst islands that extends to the east from Misool’s southern coast.
The homestay building is wooden walled with glazed windows and can accommodate up to 12 people in its six large rooms. The rooms are equipped with foam mattresses on the floor, a table, chair and a fan. Mosquito nets are provided on request.
Scattered around the Panun Paradise Homestay grounds are hammocks and seating areas, and there are two each of western style toilets and dip-mandi bathrooms. Fresh water is supplied from Panun Paradise’s well.
Guest meals are served in a beachside dining shelter that has views of the ocean and neighbouring islands. Coffee, tea and fresh young coconuts are always available, as is homegrown fruit like bananas and papaya from the Panun Paradise Homestay organic fruit and vegetable gardens. Lunch and dinner are fresh fish prepared various ways, rice and homegrown vegetables with sambal. Snacks sre served in the afternoon. Drinking water is boiled well water which is safe to drink – if you’re not comfortable with that you might want to bring a Steripen ultraviolet purifier or similar as an added precaution.
Pulau Panun is a remote island and there are no shops nearby, so if you have special dietary requirements or there are consumable items you can’t live without, you’ll need to bring them with you.
About bringing packaged items: As elsewhere in Raja Ampat, there is no means of safe waste disposal on Pulau Panun. The only way to be sure you don’t contribute to the trashing of the islands is to take all your inorganic waste away with you when you leave.
Electricity is supplied by generator at evening and night, but can be turned on on demand if necessary. Panun Paradise Homestay receives a mobile phone signal, but it’s not good enough to permit a data connection: There is no internet available on the island.
Panun Paradise has a family member who speaks English, so communication will present no difficulties.
Part 1 – Sorong to Misool by public boat
NOTE: Ferries are sometimes delayed and schedules can change without warning. It’s highly recommended that you check with Panun Paradise to confirm the following information before making plans!
Two ferries service Misool ports from Sorong. The latest info we have (March 2016) says that the Fajar Indah leaves Sorong at 2300 on Fridays and the Fajar Baru at 2300 on Mondays. Both ships depart from the same dock as the Waisai ferries and the journey takes 8 to 10 hours depending on sea conditions.
Fajar Indah returns to Sorong at 1300 on Saturday, while the Fajar Baru continues to Seram before looping back to Misool and departing for Sorong again at 0900 on Thursdays.
Tickets cost IDR 200,000 per person each way. Many travellers choose to pay an extra IDR 300,000 to secure a private cabin with bunk beds. You need to arrive early to pay and secure the cabin key to make sure you don’t miss out!
Part 2 – Harbour to Panun Paradise Homestay
The trip from the harbour to Panun Paradise costs IDR 500,000 each way and takes about an hour. The price is per trip and is shared by boat passengers. It’s a very scenic journey through the archipelago and skirts the cliffs of Pulau Wagmab. A side trip to see the Sunmalelen cave paintings can be incorporated.
What to do:
Pulau Panun is ringed with fine white sand beaches and clear shallow water and is the perfect place for a quiet escape. The homestay house reef provides good snorkelling, and there is a reef dropoff which affords the chance to swim with larger fish such as bumphead parrotfish.
Panun Paradise has small menagerie of pet animals, including a fish pond with pet fish, and many wild parrots and other birds frequent the trees around the homestay. In addition to fabulous ocean vistas, the limestone cliffs and pinnacles of neighbouring Wagmab Island make for dramatic sunsets.
Diving is the main things, Panun island has dive center
Misool and the islands of the Panun archipelago are also home to a host of other attractions including:
– Cliffside caves and overhangs adorned with ancient paintings,
– Gravesites and other relics of Raja Ampat’s original inhabitants
– Saltwater lakes filled with thousands of non-stinging jellyfish
– Unique wildlife
Panun Paradise Homestay can organise trips as required and offers catch and release fishing, snorkelling and sightseeing trips. Hiking exceursions can also be arranged for those interesting in exploring island interiors or climbing to appreciate the archipelago’s spectacular views. Contact Abdul for details and costs.
– Single Room : Rp. 950.000/person
– Double Room : Rp. 750.000/person
High and peak season apply from Oct 1-May 2 with additional surcharge Rp. 200.000/night/person