Diving in Anambas

Anambas is well-recognized as one of the world’s top dive destinations,
with its coastal waters having a wealth of superb
dive sites hidden within.

Marine Life Highlights in Anambas

Napoleon-Fish|Diving in Anambas
Napoleon Fish
Batfish|Diving in Anambas
Batfish
BumpHead|Diving in Anambas
Bumphead

Liveaboard in Anambas

MV Nautica|Diving in Anambas

MV Nautica

A 24-meter steel hull boat, MV Nautica has 3 decks and has three types of abins: Premium Seaview Cabin on the upper deck, Superior Seaview Cabins on the main deck and Deluxe Seaview Cabin at the heart of the main deck. All cabins are air conditioned, with bed side table, cabinet, and a panoramic view of the sea through the wide windows. The vessel was built according to the International Maritime Organization’s specifications which meets all modern safety standards. Divers can lounge on the Sun Deck or Mattress Area during dive breaks or have a sumptuous meal at the open air dining area where the Western and Asian food is served buffet style while cruising around dive sites such as Tioman Island, South Riau, Lingga Island, Mapur and Anambas Islands with Igara Wreck. MV Nautica has a spacious dive platform which can house up to 16 divers and a 4.5 meter Dinghy that brings divers on the chosen dive sites.

Dive Sites in Anambas

Diving in Anambas|Pulau-Bawah

Pulau Bawah

Situated South of Anambas, Pulau Bawah is a group of small islands dotted with palm trees, pearly white beaches and beautiful coral reefs that surround three magnificent lagoons. The five islands are interconnected by sandbars and reefs that seemingly form a barrier between the seawater inside and outside the island, which can be reached by a speedboat from Tarempa, Siantan Island. Measuring 900 metres long and the largest of the three lagoons is the deep water lagoon with only limited access, whereas the smaller lagoon is accessible with an entrance marked by two floats. With crystal clear water, divers can easily see the untouched coral carpet and Reef fishes at the bottom of the lagoon while near the outer rocks, Manta Rays and Whale Sharks can be spotted snooping around. Pulau Bawah has good visibility with no currents and average depth is at least 17 to 20 metres which is suitable for beginner and advanced divers.

Access: Speedboat from Tarempa, Siantan Island
Average Depth: 17m
Maximum Depth: 20m
Average Visibility: –

Diving in Anambas|Igara-Wreck

Igara Wreck

The Igara is a 297.3-metre Italian ore and oil steamship that sunk in 1973 due to an unmarked rock off the coast of Indonesia. It was loaded with USD25 million worth of Brazilian Iron Ore which made it the largest single marine insurance loss in maritime history. Subsequently, the wreck’s stern section was towed to Japan and built into a new ship – the Eraclide, while the ship’s half lies around 40 metres rising to 11 metres at the wreck’s top part overgrown with soft corals, sponges and hydroids. Visibility ranges from 5 to 15 metres as the dive site is prone to very strong currents. With three resident Nurse Sharks, divers can also spot schools of Fusiliers, Barracudas, Snappers, Batfish and Angelfish.

Access: Boat
Average Depth: 11m
Maximum Depth: 40m
Average Visibility: 5m-15m

Diving in Anambas|Udang-Oil-Rigs

Udang Oil Rigs

An abandoned oil rig, Udang Oil Rigs is located northeast of Anambas Islands. The structure with its long pillars stretches up to 100 metres and has two platforms, Udang A and Udang B which is about 5 to 10 minutes apart by boat. Udang A has a long boom and the legs of the rig are encrusted with soft corals making it home to large schools of Jacks, giant Trevallies, Batfishes, and Barracudas. Udang B has a shorter boom with its pillars decorated with soft tree corals that host schools of Mackerel and Emperor Angelfish, along with the same marine life as Udang A but smaller Barracudas, Groupers and Snappers. There are irregular strong currents around the area that may lead you far from the rig but visibility is at its best during dive season at good 30 metres with average depth of 17 metres and maximum of 37 metres.

Access: Boat
Average Depth: 17m
Maximum Depth: 37m
Average Visibility: 30m

Diving in Anambas|Damar-Island

Damar Island

Located north of Malang Biru, Damar Island is easily distinguished as a large almost-barren rock that has a steep roof marked by a light and stands 82 metres high. Access to this island is through Letung (capital of Jemaja) by a medium sized motorboat, but is easily accessible by a Liveaboard. Known dive sites in the area are Damar Pinnacle and Damar Reefs which, as their names suggest, highlight huge rocks underwater and colorful and healthy reefs respectively. Waters around Damar have an average depth of 6 metres and for some islands, maximum is 15 metres with average visibility of 20 metres. Residents to these dive spots are Nudibranchs, Anemones, Crabs and a possible sighting of schooling Dolphins and Whale Shark during migration season.

Access: Medium SIzed motorboat / Liveaboard
Average Depth: 6m
Maximum Depth: 15m
Average Visibility: 20m

Diving in Anambas|Malangbiru

Malangbiru

Malangbiru is a 34-metre high white rock that peeks out of the ocean located southwest of Anambas Islands. It is described as aquarium-like with its aquamarine waters with a visibility of 30 metres. Divers will have to stream on the steep slopes with average depth of 9 metres and will be rewarded with a wonderful sight of teeming Bracket corals that surround a lighthouse. Liveaboards usually offer a trip to the dive site combined with Seven Skies wreck or Mapur Island. Despite being damaged by dynamite fishing in the past, Malangbiru’s reef is still blessed with an abundant marine life having smaller Reef fishes, Turtles, and Black-tip Reef Sharks as inhabitants.

Access: Liveaboard
Average Depth: 9m
Maximum Depth: –
Average Visibility: 30m

Diving in Anambas|Seven-Skies

Seven Skies

Weighing 90000 tons, Seven Skies is one of the world’s supertankers with a 262-metre long Swedish built. The ship sank near Anambas Islands after experiencing an explosion in 1969, which sat upright at 64 metres having the entire structure intact except for the tanker section. There are easy swim-throughs and penetrations with the bridge, pool and damaged area as main attractions. Unfortunately, it has been salvaged recently leaving the starboard bridge wing at the shallowest part at 33 metres which can be accessed by recreational divers but the deeper parts, only technical divers are allowed. Sightings of Manta Rays, Anthias, Sharks, Barracudas, and Batfishes are common to these waters with a visibility of 20 metres.

Access: Liveaboard
Average Depth: 33m
Maximum Depth: 64m
Average Visibility: 20m

Batu-Katoaka|Diving in Anambas

Batu Katoaka

Batu Katoaka or the ‘Rock of Katoaka’ is a barely visible submerged pinnacle located southwest of the Anambas Islands. The dive site is accessible by Liveaboards with a usual combined itinerary with Igara Wreck and Malang Biru. It is known to have the most spectacular reefs among the islands with all sorts of sea life. Water conditions are a bit choppy with underwater current and maximum depth is at 25 metres with a visibility of 20 metres. Coral reefs can already be seen about 6 metres such as huge Table top corals, then descending at 8 metres is a large area of Stag corals, and with great visibility, a chance to encounter Black tip Reef Sharks.

Access: Liveaboard
Average Depth: 6m
Maximum Depth: 25m
Average Visibility: 20m

Diving in Anambas

Anambas Islands is a cluster of islands that is part of the Riau Archipelago of Indonesia located at the South China Sea between Natuna Islands and Singapore. Before, Anambas was known for natural gas explorations and off-shore drilling but in April of 2012, the islands were featured by CNN.com as one of Asia’s top five tropical island paradises that is ideal for diving and snorkeling. The islands’ diving spots are easily accessible by Liveaboards from Singapore and Malaysia. Aside from its dive sites, Anambas is strewn with waterfalls and lagoons and the most notable is Pulau Bawah which has a lagoon in the middle of the island with clear turquoise waters. Only 26 islands in Anambas are inhabited and the other 229 islands, along with Pulau Bawah, are uninhabited.
Climate in Anambas is frequently warm as it is a tropical island, with an average temperature of 27 degrees Celsius. Diving season is from March to September as these are the dry months while wet season is from October to March where rainfall is heavier as a result of the north monsoon. Tropical typhoons do not fall in this area with a good visibility of 20 to 30 metres despite of moderately strong winds during monsoon. Waters of Anambas is more suitable for Advanced to Professional divers.
Because most of its islands are uninhabited, the shores and underwater life in Anambas are more pristine than other islands in the Archipelago. Majority of the islands are untouched giving a perfect picture of fine white sand beaches lined with palm trees and serene environment. It has become a popular diving destination due to its unspoiled corals and crystal clear waters that is home to a healthy and colorful marine life.
Anambas boasts of lively and vibrant biodiversity underwater. Diving and snorkeling enthusiasts alike would surely be in awe as Napoleon fish, Batfish, Bumpheads, Crocodile fish, Barracudas and Moray Eels are residents of these waters. There is also an abundance of Nudibranchs, Turtles, Blue-spotted Stingrays and occasional sightings of Whale Sharks during migration season.

Best Diving Season:  May to October
Weather: November to April wet season
Water Temperature: 28-30°C
Marine Animal Highlights: Nudibranchs, Turtles, Napoleon fish, Barracudas, Batfish, Crocodile Fish, Bumpheads, Blue spotted stingrays, Moray eels
Recommended Thermal Protection:
Water Visibility: 10m – 20m
Tipping:
Transportation: Jakarta-Singapore (1 hour 40 minutes), Jakarta-Batam-Matak (round-trip)

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