Your Guide to Vacation AMAZING INDONESIA ( holiday travel guide )

Named Asia's Best Tropical Island by 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 90percent crossed by foreign vessels. It has only recently become a separate district apart from the neighboring 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 areSiantan, 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.

Rent a boat and explore the islands, or try trekking across each of the islands. Discuss with the Tourist Office at Tarempa where to find the best spots for snorkeling, take in the most panoramic views and find the best locations for spectacular photo shots.  

Below are some options that you can choose from when on a visit to Anambas :

Penjalin Island in the sub-district of Palmatak has a beautiful lagoon and is easily reachable from Tarempa. The waters here are calm and the coast is scenic scattered with huge boulders. The island is ideal for snorkeling, swimming or canoeing along beaches that glisten with soft white sand.

The Selat Rangsang island offers some spectacular scenery with its blue lagoon and white beach protected by green shrubs and coconut trees..The island is also ideal for snorkeling and boating.

Durai Island is one of the smaller islands but features some beautiful surroundings and a turtle conservation area. In the evenings.female turtles swim up onto the beach and dig a hole to lay their eggs.     

Pulau Bawah was chosen by as Asia's Best Tropical Island. Here are clusters of islets, namely: Pulau Bawah (63,54 hectares), Pulau Sanggah (27,45 hectares), Pulau Elang (59,4 hectares), Pulau Merba (1,3 hectares), and Pulau Lidi (1,13 hectares).  Amidst the islands is a beautiful lagoon. Climb up the hill to shoot one of your best photographs ever.

Tanjung Momong Beach and Pasir Manang on Siantan Island is located near the town ofTarempa offering a splendid panorama of transparent shallow seas through which you can admire a variety of corals. See large boulders as if strewn by some giant onto the beach. Besides swimming and snorkeling you can take a leisurely walk on the beach  and watch the sun specatucarly setting on the horizon.

The town of Tarempa is located on the island of Siantan. Explore the island, watch a Buddhist temple called the Vihara Gunung Dewa, and see the 80 years old Masjid Jamik mosque. Walking inland you will see a cool waterfall called Temburun fall, which splashes down over 7 levels then drop directly into the sea. Try taking a unique photograph of it directly from the sea.

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