Anambas Islands

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Anambas Islands
Islands and Regency
Anambas Islands seen from far.
Anambas Islands seen from far.
Official seal of Anambas Islands
Anambas location in the South China Sea.
Anambas location in the South China Sea.
Country Indonesia
Province Riau Islands
Capital Terempa
 • Total 637.10 km2 (245.99 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 37,493
 • Density 59/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zone WIB (UTC+7)

Anambas archipelago (Indonesian: Kepulauan Anambas) is a small archipelago of Indonesia, located 150 nautical miles north east of Batam Island in the South China 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.

Anambas have a large reserve of natural gas that is exported to countries such as Singapore and Malaysia. The island of Matak is the main base for oil exploration.

Other islands are Siantan (Terempa), Mubur, Jemaja and Kiabu (Airabu).

According to CNN, the Anambas Islands are one of Southeast Asia's most spectacular coastal spots, with good snorkelling and diving. The main island, Pulau Bawah, is an unhabitated naturally protected lagoon. The shipwrecked vessels Seven Skies and Igara attract a variety of indigenous marine life and offer diving opportunities.[1]


The Regency is divided into seven districts (kecamatan) - tabulated below with their 2010 Census population:[2]

Name Population
Census 2010[3]
Jemaja 5,621
Jemaja Timur
(East Jemaja)
Siantan Selatan
(South Siantan)
Siantan 9,920
Siantan Timur
(East Siantan)
Siantan Tengah
(Central Siantan)
Palmatak 10,620


  1. ^ Macguire, Eoghan (17 April 2012). "Asia's top five tropical island paradises". CNN. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  3. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.

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Coordinates: 3°6′N 105°40′E / 3.100°N 105.667°E / 3.100; 105.667