6D5N Singapore to
Anambas Islands, Indonesia

 
 

Anambas Islands Regency (IndonesianKabupaten Kepulauan Anambas) is a small archipelago of Indonesia, located 150 nautical miles northeast of Batam Island in the North Natuna Sea between the Malaysian mainland to the west and the island of Borneo to the east. Geographically part of the Tudjuh Archipelago, it is administratively a regency within the Riau Islands Province.

The shipwrecked vessels Seven Skies and Igara attract a variety of indigenous marine life and offer diving opportunities

Anambas Islands in Riau Islands province are still under the radar of many holidaymakers. Not many people are familiar with the islands' beautiful coastal and marine life, perhaps due to its remote location. However, things may change in the near future.

During a recent media trip to Bawah Island Private Resort, the property's conservation and human empowerment director Aji Sularso said that the government had named the regency one of its tourism special economic zones (KEK). An airport in Letung Island is also set to open in December, which will provide easier access to Anambas.

For anyone interested in visiting the Anambas Islands who wants an idea of what they can get up to there, simply consult the list below.

Island hopping

Island hopping is clearly one of the recommended things to do. Anambas regency is home to 238 islands, but only some are inhabited.

Travelers can charter a boat or speedboat from the regency capital Tarempa in Siantan Island and visit other islands like Penjalin Island, Piugus Island and the Bawah Islands.

Diving and Snorkeling

The crystal clear water makes the archipelago a must-go destination for divers. Although the marine biota is not as rich as that in Raja Ampat in Papua, it is enough to satisfy divers. Besides coral reefs, divers and snorkelers can also discover clownfish, zebrafish and the endangered Napoleon fish.

Chilling out

Unpolluted air, white powder sand and gorgeous views are three things that make the Anambas Islands the perfect place to relax. Even from out of the water, travelers can catch a glimpse of the marine life in the crystal clear waters. (kes)

Named Asia's Best Tropical Island by CNN.com in 2013 the Anambas islands are indeed a tropical paradise. Located in the South China Sea, the Anambas are among Indonesia's northern-most border archipelagos. Facing the wide open ocean, the Anambas provide a panoramic view of blue seas and green islands dotted with azure lagoons. Here are excellent dive spots where divers will be amazed at the colorful underwater life, while on land rows of coconut trees protect the soft white sand beaches, where turtles have made the shores of the islands of Keramut and Mangkal their habitat.

The Anambas are administratively an autonomous district, part of the province of the Riau Archipelago, and covers an area of 46,667 sq.kms where its outer seas are nearly 90 percent crossed by foreign vessels. It has only recently become a separate district apart from the neighbouring Natuna islands. In all, there are 255 islands in the Anambas cluster where only 26 are inhabited. The district has only some 45,500 population. 97 percent of its territory is sea where the largest islands are Siantan, Palmatak and Jemaja. Capital of the district of Anambas is called Tarempa and lies on the island of Siantan.

Admire the many lagoons here, especially on the islands of Pantai Selat Rangsang, Pulau Bawah, Pulau Rongkat and Pantai Pulau Penjalin, where islands emerge from the sea as out of nowhere. At low tide the islets grow together by the connecting sands, creating an inland sea and an outer sea beyond, with lagoons that are paved with white sand and here and there colorful corals. All of the islands in the Anambas have fine white beaches which glisten and become even more beautiful as the lagoons fill with aquamarine water through which one can see strange corals and schools of fish darting in the clear water.

 
 

 
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Trip Highlights:

  • 40 hours of sailing without any stopovers (sailing overnight)
  • Possible sightings of dolphins and schools of tuna
  • Island tour of Pulau Tambelan Besar where guests can take a walk / rent a motorbike to explore the bustling fish town and a secret beach on the other side of the island
  • Visit to the local fishing villages at Badas Islands
  • Cultural exchange activities with the friendly locals
  • Plenty of snorkeling and diving spots with unblemished corals and abundant marine life
 Singapore to Tambelan Islands, Indonesia

Singapore to Tambelan Islands, Indonesia

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Itinerary

Day 1

  • 8am Depart from ONE 15 Marina Club, Singapore for Nongsa Point Marina, Batam, Indonesia (3 hours) 
  • Lunch & Port, immigration and customs clearance at Nongsa Point Marina
  • Depart from Nongsa Point Marina for Tambelan Islands (40 hours)

DAY 2

  • Sailing to Tambelan Islands
  • Eat, sleep, fish, sail

DAY 3

  • 7am Arrive at P. Uwi
  • Swimming, snorkeling & kayaking at P. Uwi
  • 12nn Depart from P. Uwi for P. Ibul (1 hour)
  • Swimming, snorkeling & diving at P. Ibul
  • 3pm Depart from P. Ibul for P. Tambelan Besar (2 hours)
  • Overnight at P. Tambelan Besar

DAY 4

  • Full day island tour of P. Tambelan Besar
  • Take a walk around the local fishing town, or rent a motorbike to tour the island for trekking and visiting a secret beach on the other side of the island
  • Lunch at a seafood restaurant on P. Tambelan Besar
  • 12mn Depart from P. Tambelan Besar for P. Pejantan at midnight (9 hours)

    DAY 5

    • 9am Arrive at P. Pejantan in the morning
    • Snorkeling, diving and kayaking at P. Pejantan
    • Trekking up hill outcrop / white tower for a beautiful aerial view of the emerald waters 
    • Overnight at P. Pejantan

    DAY 6

    • 6am Depart from P. Pejantan for Badas Islands (4 hours)
    • 10am Arrive at P. Pejambu, a small uninhibited island with a sandy beach and short rocky cliff
    • Trekking up the cliff top for beautiful aerial view of the sea
    • 1pm Depart from P. Pejambu for P. Tebon (1 hour)
    • 2pm Arrive at P. Tebon
    • Snorkeling, diving and kayaking at P. Tebon
    • Island tour of local fishing village and beaches at P. Tebon
    • Overnight at P. Tebon

    DAY 7

    • 9am Depart from P. Tebon for P. Pinang Serebu  (2 hours)
    • 11am Arrive at P. Pinang Serebu for snorkeling & diving (this is where it feels like an aquarium with 20 metres visibility) 
    • Island tour of local fishing village at P. Pinang Serebu
    • Overnight at P. Pinang Serebu

    DAY 8

    • 11am Depart from Badas Islands for Nongsa Point Marina, Batam (30 hours)

    • Eat, sleep, fish, sail

    DAY 9

    • 5pm Arrive at Nongsa Point Marina

    • Seafood dinner & overnight at Nongsa Point Marina, Batam

    DAY 10

    • Breakfast & lunch at Nongsa Point Marina, Batam 
    • Port, immigration & customs clearance
    • 1pm Depart from Nongsa Point Marina back to ONE 15 Marina Club, Singapore (3 hours)
    • Arrive at ONE 15 Marina Club, Singapore in the late afternoon
     
     

    best time to sail

    April - October

    (The months of November - February are affected by the Northeast Monsoon and will be not suitable for sailing / diving.)

     

    TOTAL MILEAGE

    500 nautical miles

     

    PACKAGE COST

    S$22,000+ for up to 8 guests
    + Price is subject to GST.

     

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • Private use of our yacht for up to 8 guests
    • 10 nights stay on board
    • Unlimited use of all available equipment on board (kayaks, paddle board and snorkeling equipment)
    • 2 licensed skippers and 1 crew
    • Fuel, water and utilities
    • Meals on board (prepared by crew)
    • Free flow of soft drinks and hot drinks 
    • Fruits and snacks
    • Immigration, port and customs clearance fees in Singapore and Indonesia

     

    WHAT'S not inCLUDED

    • Meals on land
    • Alcoholic beverages (can be supplemented)
    • Dive gear and equipment
    • Land accommodation and transport (if any)