The serenity in the Anambas Islands

The serenity in the Anambas Islands

IF IT had not been for his job assignment, Bandung’s native banker, Mr Fikri Irawan, 28, who now works in Batam, would not have gone to the Anambas Islands.

The small archipelago is about 278km to the north-east of Batam Island. It takes less than a day to reach it through a combination of air, land and water transport.

Mr Fikri departed from Batam’s Telaga Punggur port to Sri Bintan Pura port at Tanjung Pura, Bintan Island. The trip took about one hour and the cost of the return ferry ticket was 110,000 rupiah (S$11).

He then continued his journey by air, travelling from Bintan’s airport, Raja Haji Fisabilillah, to ConocoPhillips airport in Palmatak Island for a flight of about 11/2 hours. The flight is operated exclusively by Sky Aviation, and costs around 1.35 million rupiah per person.

From ConocoPhillips airport, his next step was to rent an old car for 100,000 rupiah per person to reach Matak port. This trip took around 20 minutes.

Then, the journey continued with a 30-minute speedboat ride to Tarempa on Siantan Island, which costs 50,000 rupiah for a return trip.

“As I was assigned to the Anambas Islands’ capital city, Tarempa, I have not bothered to hop to other islands,” said Mr Fikri.

Nevertheless, he managed to gather some information about the archipelago for future reference, as he wanted to visit Anambas again for a future vacation.

“I considered myself quite lucky because, even though I was stuck in Tarempa, I had a glimpse of the beautiful Anambas archipelago,” said Mr Fikri.

He described his experience as an escapade to an amazing place that offered serenity and tranquillity – though some who are addicted to social media may find it rather boring due to the poor quality of 3G network signals.

Even without doing any water activities, such as snorkelling or diving, Mr Fikri had a lot of fun during his stay in Tarempa. One of his favourite things to do was trying out the island’s culinary treats, such as mie tarempa and luti gedang – local dishes consisting of noodles and fried bread as well as fresh seafood…

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