Paradise Found!

I’ll be honest. Six months ago, I had never heard of the Anambas Islands. This remote and isolated island group, located roughly halfway between peninsular Malaysia and Borneo in the South China Sea, is most definitely off the beaten track. It’s only very recently being opened up for tourism. Yachts didn’t use to come here because the area was plagued with piracy. The Indonesian navy started patrolling the islands a couple of years ago and it’s now considered safe. Hotels are still few and far between; we noticed a few backpacker-type places in the main town and there is one luxury upscale resort that started running less than a year ago. So, perfect timing for us to discover these islands.

For the first time in a very long time we also had some friends visiting us from Belgium and we were so glad we made it through the Malacca strait, just in time for them to join us to the Anambas Islands.

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Off on a 24hr sail

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Lots to catch up on…

The crossing from Batam took 24 hours and was extremely pleasant downwind sailing. Such a difference from the hard slog that was the Malacca Strait! During the first part of the night, we were kept very busy keeping clear of all the traffic in the South China Sea. We had a few very friendly VHF conversations with some of the big container ships who politely notified us that they would cross our stern or, another one, wanted to pass us on our starboard side and please could we keep our course.

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Early morning visitor

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In need of a little rest…

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Land Ho!

We saw land early morning and arrived in our first anchorage just before lunch. We found a gorgeous spot to drop the anchor, next to a desert island and spent the afternoon swimming, snorkeling, walking along the beach and gathering wood for a campfire. Doesn’t get much better than that!

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Approaching our first stop in the Anambas

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Turquoise water, yay!

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Let’s dig

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Desert beach

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Happy campers

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They never get tired of this one

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Chat chat chat

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building a campfire

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obligatory family shot with Rehua

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firemaster

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beautiful evening

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A few more stunning anchorages followed. More turquoise water, great snorkeling and a dinghy trip up the river in between the mangroves. We had a few days of cloudy weather and some rain, but that didn’t spoil the fun. Yes, yes, yes; this is exactly what we were looking for and we found it. It’s good to be back in Indonesia!

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another gorgeous anchorage

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anchor down and let’s jump in

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desert island

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good snorkelling 

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staghorn corals

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visibility wasn’t the best but corals were nice

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interesting plants

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dinghy trip up the river in between the mangroves

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Just chillin’

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Tyrii gives Nadine a SUP lesson

After a week of remote locations we headed into Terampa, the main town, to drop our guests off who were catching a ferry back. We had a wonderful week together, special memories we will never forget and were so happy to share.

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Terampa, the main town in the Anambas

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Colourful houses

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View from the Chinese temple

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Exploring town

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Happy local boys

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At the fish market

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great variety

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Lots of market stalls with fresh produce

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Stocking up on some fresh stuff

Now, where are all those other kid boats and let’s go explore some more remote anchorages. There are too many to choose from and we only have a few weeks left!

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4 thoughts on “Paradise Found!

  1. All sounds wonderful and glad you had such a great time with friends – it looks idyllic. Photos are such a great memory. Will be looking out for the next stage. Love from the Ed family – we will all be together tonight and will raise a glass to you! xxxx

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