Owning a yacht in Singapore gives you more ground to cover during the weekends, as you get to explore islands such as Lazarus, St John and Kusu. However, sailing to the same few places every weekend can get quite repetitive.
An alternative? The Anambas archipelago, a cluster of remote islands located 150 nautical miles East of Batam. On our recent visit to Bawah Island, we discovered this hidden gem located in the Riau Islands Province. The untouched region boasts some of Southeast Asia’s most spectacular coastal spots perfect for yachting, scuba diving, snorkelling, water sports, and even jungle trekking.
With over 255 islands (where only 26 are inhabited) to choose from, you may not know where to start. The first step to entering unchartered territory is always the most intimidating, after all.
To help you decide, we caught up with Edi Sutrisno, a Batam-based photojournalist who has been exploring and documenting the Anambas archipelago since 2012. We picked his brains for 5 of his favourite islands in the region — especially the ones yacht owners in Singapore can easily sail to.
“Boaters can sail to Nongsa Point Marina to get an entry permit before continuing the journey to Anambas. The closest island to Singapore is Bawah Island, which takes about 10 hours,” said Sutrisno. “The rest will take more time — but it’s definitely worth it.”
What sets Durai Island apart is its white sand beaches that make the perfect habitat for leatherback turtles, earning its reputation as a spot for turtle conservation. That’s not all. The island’s waters are also home to coral reefs, reef fish and marine life, making it great for diving, snorkelling and swimming.
Dubbed the “hide and seek” island, Pulau Busung has a unique characteristic — it is only an island at low tide. When the tide is high, though, the elusive island disappears under the waves and can’t be seen from the sea. Busung, which means ‘sand bank’ in Bahasa, is actually a gradually sloping mount of sand that sits atop a coral patch. It’s definitely a phenomenon one should witness once in a lifetime.