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Matak village

Most likely most people are asking themselves this same question after reading the word Anambas islands just as I did when I first heard about this mysterious Archipelago. Even though this little known Island group is located only a bare 150 miles East of Singapore its silent existence has never really reached the outside world.

 

Unless you are a marine biologist or working in the gas industry in Indonesia you are most probably unaware of this little hidden gem, a remote off the beaten track place where almost no tourist ever travels. The whole Anambas Archipelago consists of 238 islands from which only 28 are inhabited. Most of the little islands are a mere speck of white sand and a palm tree in the middle of the South Chinese Sea. Once you get here you will set foot on a very interesting island world where the local inhabitants are straight descendant of the proud and daring seafaring Bugis Nomad people.

 

An island group surrounded by gorgeous reefs full of colorful coral and jaw dropping sea creatures. All this in a backdrop of turquoise colored transparent water. Although getting to the Islands is not the easiest thing in the world it is not that difficult either.

Latitude. 3.3°, Longitude. 106.2666667°

 

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Taken on April 24, 2011