Pulau Bawah or Bawah Island is a cluster of islands in Kiabu Village, District of South Siantan, Anambas Island, Riau Islands Province. It lies on the southern end of Anambas Islands, South China Sea waters.
Pulau Bawah earn the title as the most beautiful tropical islands of the Managing Director of Boat Asia event in Singapore, Herman Ho to CNN.com, which beat four other tropical islands, namely Koh Cang (Thailand), Langkawi (Malaysia), Halong Bay (Vietnam), and Similand Islands (Thailand). Pulau Bawah is also touted as one of the most beautiful beach destinations in Asia. (R. ukirsari Manggalani / National Geographic Traveler).
If you want to see the natural charm of white sandy beaches, green palms waving, light blue graded sea, the dark blue turquois ocean and lines of granite tubs like natural fortress, Pulau Bawah in Anambas is the answer.
Pulau Bawah has a lagoon surrounded by some of the surrounding islands. During the low tide, it looks like a group of Islands that interconnected by sandbars and reefs and form a barrier between the sea water inside and outside the Islands.
The cluster in Pulau Bawah is consist of five islands, namely Bawah, Sanggah, Murbah, Lidi, and Elang. All of them are uninhabited. The formation of those five islands is form the lagoon. The uniqueness and beauty from Pulau Bawah is the main attraction for tourists, especially for those who use sailboat or yacht.
The sea water in the lagoon is very clear. From above the water's surface, you can see the clearly objects to the bottom of the lagoon, including reef fish. The bottom of the lagoon is in the form of white sand with a distribution of coral reefs at some point.
Those who love diving, this place will satisfy your desires. When you get down to the sea to do snorkling and floating on the surface of the ocean, your eyes will be drawn to the colorfull of marine life that full of coral reef with small fishes. Pulau Bawah is can be reached from the port of Tarempa in Siantan island, Anambas by using speedboat with approximately 3 hours drive. While for heading to Tarempa can be done by air and sea lanes.
If you choose the air, you have to looking for the nearest airport in your town that provides flights to Tanjung Pinang on Bintan Island. Upon arriving at Tanjung Pinang, the continue the trip with Nusantara Air Charter, which serves flights to Matak Airport in District Palmatak. The Aircraft with a capacity of up to 48 people are operating daily with price of air tickets between Rp 1 million and above. From Matak Airport then continue on to the harbor to get to Tarempa (capital Anambas) by boat or speed boat. From Tarempa, you can rent a speedboat with a capacity of 6 to 8 people at a cost of more than Rp. 3 million.
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