Nestled in the South China Sea between the Natuna Islands and Singapore lies the hidden gem of the Anambas Islands – a remote paradise for those seeking natural beauty, peace, and adventure. Spanning an area of almost 47,000 square kilometers, the Anambas is a scattering of islands that are best explored by yacht. Of the 238 islands that make up the Anambas, only 26 are inhabited, making it an ideal destination for those seeking to escape the crowds.

The Anambas are a breathtaking sight, with crystal-clear gin-like waters, powder-white sand beaches, and an abundance of unexplored opportunities for diving on vibrant coral reefs. One of the most popular dive sites is the Igara – a 197.3-meter Italian Ore and Oil steam-ship sunk in 1973 – that is now home to three nurse sharks and schools of fusiliers, barracuda, snapper, batfish, and angelfish. The Seven Skies wreck, a massive super tanker that is 262 meters long, is another must-see for diving enthusiasts.

Although trips to the Anambas may be off the beaten path, they are undoubtedly rewarding. Tarempa, the main town in the Anambas, has regular flights from Batam Island and serves as an international clearance port, making it convenient for yachts to cruise internationally to the archipelago from Singapore. Some of the must visit locations includes: Moonrock Lagoon, Nongkat island, Penjalin island and Bawah island. Bawah Island, the most famous in the region, boasts a private 6-star resort with a stunning lagoon often likened to Bora Bora. This exclusive resort is accessible only by seaplane, which lands in one of its lagoons. While visiting by yacht can be arranged in special cases, it is strictly prohibited to anchor in the lagoon.

The Anambas Islands offer a unique and unforgettable experience to visitors, allowing them to experience unspoiled natural beauty, diverse marine life, and a rich cultural heritage. With its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and hidden wrecks, the Anambas is a destination that promises an unforgettable adventure.

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