Those who have a passion for diving will be thrilled to discover a picaresque group of islands in Anambas, Riau. Previously, the islands were only known as a base for off shore oil drilling and natural gas explorations. Today Anambas has gained popularity among divers on account of its pristine corals and azure seas, where whalesharks may suddenly appear. The islands are easiest accessible by live-aboards from Singapore and Malaysia, Batam or Bintan. There are also flights from Bintan airport to Anambas.
Surrounded by the Bawah islands, three magnificent lagoons, of which the largest is over 900 m long. The visitors will be rewarded with unique views of the scenic Asian landscape from the highest point, which is 150 m. Beautifully designed coral reefs surround the Bawah islands and along with a diversified marine life, the result is an exotic paradise for diving enthusiasts.
One of the most luxurious destinations in Asia is Pulau Bawah, the main island is the Anambas chain. Anambas became the first as the most beautiful tropical islands in the Asia version of CNN.com. As reported by the international media web page on Saturday, April 14, 2012, Anambas Islands is tops followed later by Koh Chang (Thailand), Langkawi (Malaysia), Halong Bay (Vietnam), and the Similan (Thailand).Completely uninhabited, the island features a fascinating lagoon, where diving into the clear waters becomes the experience of your life.
Diving in Bawah Islands
The most beautiful island on Anambas islands is Bawah Islands. The Bawah island group is consists four another small islands with a total area of 99.739 hectares. The island is famous for its Lagoon. The lagoon has clear blue water and formed by the ocean water which was trapped in the middle of the island.
There is also a giant waterfall further inland. The shipwrecked vessels, Seven Skies and Igara, have become magnets for a wide variety of indigenous marine life and offer the perfect opportunity for diving. The best-known sites in Anambas are the underwater reefs of Tokong Berlayar, Malang Biru island, Katoaka reef, as well as the Seven Skies wreck.
This location presents underwater attraction unexpected, once in a while it felt lonely and unattractive, but suddenly a whaleshark could have passed. Suitable for people who like to enjoy the sea and relax in the sun accompanied by the blue water.
For those who want to visit there, no need to hesitate because the island has adequate facilities to support tourism such as hotels / lodging, restaurant and tourism businesses.
How to get there:
- To get there you can travel by air and by boat.
- For travel by air is served by commercial aviation with the aim of Batam or Kuala Pinang.
- For travel by boat is served by commercial shipping KM. Bukit Raya (twice a month); KM. Gunung Bintan (twice a month) and KM. Trigas (twice a month), and MV. BATAVIA VOC (Wednesday: Tanjung Pinang-Tarempa; Friday: Tarempa-Tanjung Pinang).
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