A fairytale landscape in the most remote north-west of Raja Ampat culminates in Wayag Islands. Once here, Mount Pindito is the highest peak on Wayag – a photo everybody wants to take. But climbing the 2,500-foot (760m) west face of Mount Pindito is not for the faint-hearted. There are several easier treks that you can conquer (100m), yet still, the slope is almost 90 degrees. Mount Pindito is not really a mountain, but a steep, high hill with one of the best views in Raja Ampat (and on Earth).
If you have made it that far across green marshmallow islets hemmed in see-through blue and up to the summit, a treat awaits you on descending Mount Pindito. Located just in front of the ranger station on Wayag Island, there is an incredible turquoise bay where you can swim with scores of harmless, baby blacktip sharks. It is hard to describe in words; you have to see it – what a beautiful day in paradise.
For those who cannot extend their Raja Ampat exploration to Wayag, the karst island seascape of Piaynemo in Pam Islands is virtually identical, although on a far smaller scale. Piaynemo is also less remote and cheaper to visit by yourself. Unlike Mount Pindito, Piaynemo has homestay accommodation. The best way to experience Wayag, Mount Pindito, and the rest of northern Raja Ampat is by chartering a yacht holiday with Islander.