Yes, we did go to Palau
Pef on the yacht. No issues with permits - talk with Raymond Lesmana of sail Indonesia
. He's a great bloke and knows the current
regs. For a small fee he'll do the paperwork for you.
The anchorage at Palau
Pef requires local knowledge. It is fantastically sheltered, being in the middle of the Island!! (Pic attached). Approach the main jetty of the Echo Dive resort, and the resort staff (or Maya, the European Manager) will show you where to go.
The anchorage is deep, but very sheltered. Due to the tannin staining of the water
, corals that are normally deep water
corals grow in the shallows. If it is windy, you can dive in the maze of waterways INSIDE the main island, if calm on the outer reefs
. Always something to do.
Palau Pef is difficult to get to by conventional transport, and therefore travel there is expensive. If you are in the area on a boat, you really MUST go an see it, the absolute best diving
that remains anywhere.
Here is the resort website
If you go there, be sure to say hello to Maya for us, Matt and Jo from the yacht Island Time