The mostly still untouched Indonesian archipelago Anambas is a hidden, timeless gem that offers a truly unique travel experience. From the crystal-clear aquamarine sea, breathtaking virgin beaches and vibrant coral gardens, to the stunning almost otherworldly backdrop, Anambas has something to offer everyone... provided you're the kind of traveler that likes to explore off-the-beaten-track lands.
Because if ever there was an off-the-beaten-track land, it's Anambas. The island-chain's location is remote and its ambiance is almost a time capsule to the days of yore. It's also rife with contradictions. The territory as a whole is still so unknown, yet situated a mere hour's flight away from cosmopolitan cities like Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Positioned just East of Peninsular Malaysia, for some reason, it belongs to Indonesia. Either way, the exotic island cluster, seemingly hidden in a region's map blind spot, appears destined to, at least for now, remain the last unexplored sanctuaries in the world.
One of the best ways to get to Anambas is by airplane. There are flights from Jakarta for example, though schedules are subject to change, due to the fast-changing infrastructure in Indonesia. Undoubtedly, this is at least part of the reason how Anambas has stayed below the radar of the world and especially the world of tourism. Incidentally, there's also a ferry that goes to Anambas, albeit for those who have the luxury of time, given that the ferry can take up to 10 hours to reach.
As the territory comprises mostly water, the main ways to get from A to B is by private water-taxi and public ferry-shuttle. Each of these offers its own unique (dis)advantages and can be tailored to your personal preferences and travel style. Whether you prefer speed, comfort or affordability, there's something for everyone. For land travel, there's mopeds to rent. Though in practice, this is only really an option in Jemaja and Siantan, the two main islands. (Please wear helmet when using a moped).
It's important to note that the busy tourist season in Anambas runs from March to about October, which is when the monsoon season begins and the weather is less suitable for outdoor activities. Mind you, "busy" is a bit of a misnomer here, because the number of visitors never really gets high by any stretch.
With that said, as there are just a few lodging providers, there's still a fair amount of competition for rooms. As a matter of fact, this applies to the whole of the tourism service in Anambas. It's just not there (yet?). This is why it's highly recommended to book your transport tickets and accommodation in advance. It's the best way to both avoid disappointment and
score the best deals.
Food & Beverage
When it comes to food and drinks, it's always a good idea to bring a bottle of water and a snack with you, especially when traveling to remote areas. Whether you're island-hopping or riding on a ferry, replenishment may not always be accessible, so bringing some water and a tasty, wholesome snack will keep you from dehydrating, from getting peckish and, most importantly, from feeling generally lackadaisical. Snack-wise, AFAIC, Eureka Snacks
are the perfect travel companion.
This Malaysian popcorn product has been popular in South-East Asia since its inception and part of this popularity is due to its all-natural ingredients and the fact that it doesn't contain any transfats, GMO or preservatives. Furthermore, this gourmet popcorn snack is packaged in light-weight containers and there are over 20 flavours, savoury and sweet.
If you'd like to try Eureka Snacks, it's good to know that they can be ordered online at www.eurekasnacks.com
. For those who prefer to buy from a shop or store with actual staff, there's also the option to explore the list of points of sale:
B. So-called snackbars
C. Vending machines
If you can't wait to be one of the few to explore an as yet virtually untouched castaway destination and make unforgettable memories, then make sure you check out Anambas.
-- Happy Travels --
Note: Over-indulging in savoury/sweet snacks, even snacks that are not very salty/sweet, may lead to excessive intake of sodium/sugar.