Anambas Islands Regency
Anambas Islands Regency (Indonesian: Kabupaten Kepulauan Anambas) is a small archipelago of Indonesia, located 150 nautical miles northeast of Batam Island in the North Natuna Sea between the Malaysian mainland to the west and the island of Borneo to the east. Geographically part of the Tudjuh Archipelago, it is administratively a regency within the Riau Islands Province.
Anambas Islands Regency
Kabupaten Kepulauan Anambas
Anambas Islands seen from far
Location within Riau Islands
|Coordinates: 3°6′N 105°40′E|
|• Regent||Abdul Haris|
|• Vice Regent||Wan Zuhendra|
|• Total||637.10 km2 (245.99 sq mi)|
|• Density||59/km2 (150/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+7 (Indonesia Western Time)|
|Area code||(+62) 773|
Pulau Bawah, formerly known as Leeward island, is a clustered archipelago of six islands with an exclusive resort accessed by the seaplane. It is located about 150 nautical miles northeast of Singapore and Batam, is a cluster of islets that collectively surround three lagoons, each of which suitable for snorkelling, scubadiving and coral beach activities. CNN rates the Anambas Islands are one of Southeast Asia's most spectacular coastal spots, with good snorkelling and diving spots, and Pulau Bawah in particular has good tourism potential.
Other islands are Siantan (Terempa), Mubur, Jemaja and Kiabu (Airbiru).
Whilst the majority of the population generates their income from fishing and fishing-related industries, tourism has been gaining traction. Hostel and hotel rooms are available in Jemaja and Tarempa, along with some homestay locations.
The Regency is divided into seven districts (kecamatan) - tabulated below with their 2010 Census population:
|Jemaja Timur||(East Jemaja)||2,028|
|Siantan Selatan||(South Siantan)||3,177|
|Siantan Timur||(East Siantan)||3,290|
|Siantan Tengah||(Central Siantan)||2,755|
|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Anambas.|
- National Geospatial-intelligence Agency (2005) "Borneo: Northwest Coast and Kepulauan Tudjuh" Sailing directions (enroute): Borneo, Jawa, Sulawesi, and Nusa Tenggara United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
- "Natuna Islands (includes Anambas)". IndonesiaPhoto.com. Archived from the original on 14 July 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2005.
- Website all things about Anambas "Virtual Journey to Anambas"
- Pulau Bawah website
- Pulau Bawah (formerly Leeward Islands) map
- Islas ANAMBAS (Spanish)