Our Guide to Kepulauan Anambas 5 Most Stunning Islands

December 6, 2019
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Kepulauan Anambas is a small group of islands in Indonesia, situated northeast of Batam. With more than 200 islets, this remote archipelago remains unspoiled and pristine—a real hidden tropical paradise. While it’s not as popular among tourists, CNN named it as Asia’s Top Five Tropical Island Paradise. With its turquoise blue waters, white sandy beaches, and lush rainforests, Anambas surely lives up to its title.

Beneath the surface, Kepulauan Anambas is even more magnificent. Its waters are home to a whole world of colorful reefs, fishes, and other sea creatures. This abundant marine life makes Anambas a world-class destination for scuba diving. Some of the islands are connected by dunes and corals, which visitors will be able to see during low tides.

With hundreds of islands to choose from, we’ve rounded up the best destinations in Kepulauan Anambas. Read on for our guide to exploring this paradise.

1. Bawah Island

If you’re a diving enthusiast, visiting Bawah Island in Kepulauan Anambas should be in your bucket list. This tiny island is big on amazing views both on land and underwater. Tourists come here for privacy, peaceful ambiance, and perfect sceneries.

2. Durai Island

Located in the Palmatak region, Durai Island is home to several species of sea turtles. Among them are some endangered ones, such as the hawksbill turtle and leatherback turtle. During nesting season, you’ll see these gentle sea creatures come to the island to lay their eggs. The government has launched strict rules against poaching, and the locals here are serious about protecting sea turtles.

There’s a conservatory here, which facilitates guarding of the eggs and releasing baby sea turtles once they hatch. If you’re traveling with your kids, take them to Durai Island. They’ll appreciate the short biology lesson while enjoying their vacation!

3. Penjalin Island

Penjalin is the farthest island within the Anambas Archipelago. In fact, it’s closer to Malaysia and Vietnam than to Indonesia. However, its allure makes it a popular destination for backpackers and travelers who love discovering the world’s last remaining natural wonders. Here, you’ll be greeted with an awe-inspiring view of dotted islands and white sandy beaches. A day trip’s worth of activities includes swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking.

4. Pasir Panjang Beach

Pasir Panjang boasts of a long stretch of coastline, perfect for beachgoers who want to enjoy a day of sunbathing and lounging by the shores. Located in the Bahari Lingai Village, this island also offers scenic views of mountains and rock formations—perfect for photography and art enthusiasts.

5. Arung Hijau Beach

Sunsets in Arung Hijau are extra special. Because this beach is facing the west, the skies turn gorgeously golden as the sun goes down to touch the sparkling waters. It’s a sight like no other, perfect for honeymooners and couples who want to enjoy a romantic beach holiday.

Kepulauan Anambas provides a perfect combination of tranquil landscapes, vibrant cultures, and incredible natural wonders. If you want to experience being one with nature, arrange a trip to Kepulauan Anambas the next time you’re planning a vacation to Batam, Indonesia.

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