|Islands and Regency|
Anambas Islands seen from far.
Anambas location in the South China Sea.
|• Total||637.10 km2 (245.99 sq mi)|
|• 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.
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 spots. One of the Anambas islands with good tourism potential in particular is Pulau Bawah . Pulau Bawah, located about 150 nautical miles northeast of Singapore, is actually a cluster of islets that collectively surround three lagoons, each of which suitable for snorkelling, scubadiving and beach activities.
The shipwrecked vessels Seven Skies and Igara attract a variety of indigenous marine life and offer diving opportunities.
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.
Two ferries ply the waters between Tanjung Pinang and Anambas, VOC Batavia and Seven Stars. The ferry journey takes about 7-9 hours, depending on conditions. Tanjung Pinang also offers the Pelni-owned cruise ship, Bukit Raya. This vessel can take up to 900 passengers to and from Anambas. Keep in mind that the Bukit Raya can take up to 20 hours to reach its destination.
- National Geospatial-intelligence Agency (2005) "Borneo: Northwest Coast and Kepulauan Tudjuh" Sailing directions (enroute): Borneo, Jawa, Sulawesi, and Nusa Tenggara United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
- "Natuna Islands (includes Anambas)". IndonesiaPhoto.com. Retrieved 15 December 2005.
- Website all things about Anambas "Virtual Journey to Anambas"
- Islas ANAMBAS (Spanish)
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