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Dive the South China Sea in Anambas Islands

Overview

The Anambas Islands are located between Singapore and the Natuna islands in the South China Sea. Earlier the islands were better known as a base for off shore oil drilling and natural gas explorations,but 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.
Anambas is the latest district in the province of the Riau Archipelago.  Best-known sites are the underwater reefs of Tokong Berlayar, the Malang Biru island which has steep slopes, the Katoaka reef, and the Seven Skies wreck.

Click: www.diving-indonesia.net/ for a dive map of Anambas and more detailed information on these sites.

There are also small local fishing villages on Anambas, waterfalls, and beautiful natural surrounding

To Stay

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YY Resort and Restaurant

Jalan Pantai Trikora KM 42 Desa Teluk Bakau Bintan Island

Bintan Cabana Beach Resort

Jl. Pantai Trikora Km. 46, Malang Prapat Bintan Island

Putri Pandan Resort

Jalan Hamidi Desa Pengudang Bintan Island

Bintan Agro Beach Resort & Spa

Jl. Pantai Trikora Km 36 29153 Bintan Island

Serumpun Padi Emas Resort

Jalan Tri Kora 4, Teluk Dalam, Pulau Bintan KM 53, 29111 Telukbakau

Bintan SpaVilla Beach Resort

Jl Pantai Trikora km 38 29153 Bintan Island

Bintan Lagoon Villas

Jalan Indera Segara, Bintan Utara, Lagoi, Riau , 29155 Lagoi

Bintan Lagoon Resort

Jalan Indera Segara Site A12, Lagoi, Bintan island, Indonesia Bintan island

Bintan Spa Villa Beach Resort & Spa

Jalan Pantai Trikora Km.38, Teluk Bakau, Bintan, 29153 Telukbakau

Hotel Furia

Jalan Merdeka no. 6 Bintan Island

Shangrila Hotel

Jl. Gudang Minyak Bintan Island

Ria Bintan Golf Lodge

Jl Perigi Raja. Lagoi, Bintan Resorts, Bintan Utara, Kepulauan Riau 29152 Bintan Island

To Stay

Accommodation is only available on Siantan Island, about half hour away from the Airport by boat. On Siantan Island we find the "Capital City" of the Anambas Archipelago, a very pleasant place called Kota Tarempa. Here in Kota Tarempa are three hotels,   
1) Wisma Tanjung Indah
An atmospheric simple Wooden hotel build on stilts at the waterfront offering 40 rooms. Here VIP rooms cost about 10 American Dollars a night and Standard rooms about 5 dollars. The hotel has its simple charm but is definitely nowhere remotely comfortable.
2) The Sakura Guest-House
Another 2 story wooden construction offering 6 basic rooms for about 5 American Dollars a night.  
3) The Anambas Resort
The best and most comfortable "upmarket" resort in the whole archipelago is the Anambas Resort about a 10 minute walk from Kota Tamperah in the next village called Tanjung Tebu. Here you find concrete bungalows built on stilts over a sleepy sheltered bay with hot shower, the resort is also offering a rather good restaurant. Prices for one of these large and adequate rooms seem to be about 25 American dollars a night. 

Tips

The Anambas islands are very remote and have little facilities, including little health care, while restaurants sell only Indonesian food. Therefore, when you wish to dive here, best travel on fully equipped liveaboards or take your own yacht with complete telecommunications connectivity.

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