Island Hopping at Pemana Islands
Located just minutes away from Maumere in Flores, is a chain of small islands with endlessly white sandy beaches and clear blue waters known as the Pemana Islands, the perfect destination for island hopping which can be explored in a single day.
There are eight smaller islands; Pulau Besar (Big Island), Koja Do’I Island, Pengabatang Island, Palau Babi (Pig Island), Sukun, Palu’e, Permana Kambing (Goat Island) and the main island of Pemana Besar. Aside to the permanent villages, fishermen’s camps and white sandy beaches, you could also explore, swim, snorkel or dive. Being this far away from all the hustle and bustle, you could just relax and lay on the beach. Enjoy the pristine white sands, beautiful clear sea and clear views of the islands around.
The islands’ inhabitants can trace their roots back to the seafaring Bugis; an indigenous group from Sulawesi whom to this day remain closely connected to the ocean. They are very friendly and don’t mind curious tourists milling about admiring their boats, buildings, fishing and diving skills.
If you decide to go island hopping, the best way is to charter a local fishing boat. This can be done from Maumere with a little help from your hotel or guesthouse, or you could simply go down to the port yourself. It’s also possible to catch the daily public boat from Maumere which docks at the port of Pemana Besar and then charter a boat from there. Keep in mind that this option is not viable for a day trip because the public boat will depart Maumere only at 1pm.
- Talk to the locals and learn more about their way of life
- Be prepared with enough food, water, and equipment
- Bring waterproof camera to take underwater pictures while snorkelling or diving
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