The Jakarta Post
A spectacular view of the Bawah Islands (JP/Jessicha Valentina)
Anambas Islands in Riau Islands province are still under the radar of many holidaymakers. Not many people are familiar with the islands' beautiful coastal and marine life, perhaps due to its remote location. However, things may change in the near future.
During a recent media trip to Bawah Island Private Resort, the property's conservation and human empowerment director Aji Sularso said that the government had named the regency one of its tourism special economic zones (KEK). An airport in Letung Island is also set to open in December, which will provide easier access to Anambas.
For anyone interested in visiting the Anambas Islands who wants an idea of what they can get up to there, simply consult the list below.
Island hopping is clearly one of the recommended things to do. Anambas regency is home to 238 islands, but only some are inhabited.
Travelers can charter a boat or speedboat from the regency capital Tarempa in Siantan Island and visit other islands like Penjalin Island, Piugus Island and the Bawah Islands.
Sampling local food
Since the area is surrounded by sea, fish-based products are Anambas' signature dishes. The two most popular ones are mie Tarempa and luti gendang. The former is similar to mie Aceh, but with fish topping. As for the latter, the fried snack is chock-full of fish floss.
Diving and Snorkeling
The crystal clear water makes the archipelago a must-go destination for divers. Although the marine biota is not as rich as that in Raja Ampat in Papua, it is enough to satisfy divers. Besides coral reefs, divers and snorkelers can also discover clownfish, zebrafish and the endangered Napoleon fish.
Unpolluted air, white powder sand and gorgeous views are three things that make the Anambas Islands the perfect place to relax. Even from out of the water, travelers can catch a glimpse of the marine life in the crystal clear waters. (kes)
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