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Anambas Islands, Indonesia
Anambas Islands Regency (Indonesian: Kabupaten 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 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.
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.