More Anambas, Please

Summer wasn’t over after all. We had a few more weeks of glorious sunshine (and the odd rainy day, I admit). The Anambas Islands really rate as one of the top places we’ve been to in our four years of cruising. It’s just the perfect combination of remote island life with deserted sandy beaches, numerous protected anchorages to choose from in ‘day-hop-distance’, crystal clear water with beautiful underwater marine life and friendly locals.

After our visit to Pulau Pahit where we saw turtles hatch (magical!) we went south of Tarempa to visit a few more islands where we hadn’t stopped yet. First one was Pulau Tina, just west of Memperuk Island.

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Pulau Tina in the sunshine

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same island, at sunset

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S/V Chantilly getting their toys out, to the delight of our boys

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surf dude

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aqua boy

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great snorkeling around Pulau Tina

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Next, we headed a few miles east to another small island called Telukbakau (try pronouncing that one), where we caught up with S/V Intrigue. It was just another perfect setting with a gorgeous beach; it would have been a crime not to have a beach fire at sunset on it.

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our friends on S/V Chantilly

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just another gorgeous beach to stop at

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it would have been a crime not to have a beach fire on this one

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always love a good sunset

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S/V Intrigue, S/V Chantilly and S/V Rehua

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palmtrees agains the pink evening sky

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pink rocks

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that rock just had to climbed

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next morning, time for some beach combing 

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S/V Rehua, S/V Chantilly and S/V Intrigue 

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sand everywhere

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going for a morning stroll

We continued further south and stopped off at Dikar Reef. It’s some of the most crystal-clear pristine water we’ve seen, reminding us of our time in French Polynesia… and we were all alone, anchored in 3 metres of water with nothing but turquoise water around us. It was like being anchored in the middle of giant swimming pool.

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approaching Dikar Reef, our next stop

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beautiful crystal-clear turquoise water

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anchored in 3 metres over sand

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Rehua’s shadow on the sand

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kids can’t wait to jump in

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‘Bora-Bora blue’

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some of the clearest water we’ve seen

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we especially put our swimsuits on for the picture 😉

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water as flat as pancake

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on our way out of the anchorage

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leaving Dikar reef

We continued further south to Pulau Airabu, passing a few villages along the way and even a cellphone tower that gave us a (very rare) quick boost of 4G.

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Pulau Airabu with cellphone tower

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typical Anambas-style village with stilted huts

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And then, our final stop, just south of Pulau Lintang. Another beach begging to have a beach fire on it, more fantastic snorkelling and lots of small islands dotted around the anchorage, waiting to be explored. We were sad to leave but it was time to head back to Nongsapoint…

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view from the cockpit near Pulau Lintang

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quick dip

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one more gorgeous sunset

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and one more fire on the beach

 

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