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
Seal
Anambas location in the South China Sea.
Anambas location in the South China Sea.
Country Indonesia
Province Riau Islands
Capital Terempa
Area
 • 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 northeast 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.

Islands[edit]

Matak island[edit]

The Anambas archipelago contains 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.

Pulau Bawah[edit]

Pulau Bawah, formerly known as Leeward island, is a clustered archipelago of six islands with an exclusive resort accessed by the seaplane. It is located about 150 nautical miles northeast of Singapore and Batam, is a cluster of islets that collectively surround three lagoons, each of which suitable for snorkelling, scubadiving and coral beach activities.[1] CNN rates the Anambas Islands are one of Southeast Asia's most spectacular coastal spots, with good snorkelling and diving spots, and Pulau Bawah in particular has good tourism potential.[2].

Other islands[edit]

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

Whilst the majority of the population generates their income from fishing and fishing-related industries, tourism has been gaining traction. Hostel and hotel rooms are available in Jemaja and Tarempa, along with some homestay locations.

Diving[edit]

The shipwrecked vessels Seven Skies and Igara attract a variety of indigenous marine life and offer diving opportunities.[3]

Administration[edit]

The Regency is divided into seven districts (kecamatan) - tabulated below with their 2010 Census population:[4]

Name Population
2010 Census[4]
Jemaja 5,621
Jemaja Timur (East Jemaja) 2,028
Siantan Selatan (South Siantan) 3,177
Siantan 9,920
Siantan Timur (East Siantan) 3,290
Siantan Tengah (Central Siantan) 2,755
Palmatak 10,620

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

External links[edit]

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