Anambas Islands Regency

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Anambas Islands Regency (Indonesian: Kabupaten Kepulauan Anambas) is a small archipelago of Indonesia, located 150 nautical miles (278 km; 173 mi) northeast of Batam Island in the North Natuna Sea between the Malaysian mainland to the west and the island of Borneo to the east. Geographically part of the Tudjuh Archipelago, it is administratively a regency within the Riau Islands Province. It covers a land area of 590.14 square kilometres (227.85 sq mi) and had a population of 37,411 at the 2010 Census[2] and 47,402 at the 2020 Census.[3] The administrative centre is at Tarempa on Siantan Island.

Anambas Islands Regency
Kabupaten Kepulauan Anambas
Anambas Islands seen from far
Anambas Islands seen from far
Coat of arms of Anambas Islands Regency
Location within Riau Islands
Location within Riau Islands
Anambas Islands Regency is located in Sumatra
Anambas Islands Regency
Anambas Islands Regency
Anambas Islands Regency is located in South China Sea
Anambas Islands Regency
Anambas Islands Regency
Anambas Islands Regency (South China Sea)
Anambas Islands Regency is located in Indonesia
Anambas Islands Regency
Anambas Islands Regency
Anambas Islands Regency (Indonesia)
Coordinates: 3°6′N 105°40′E / 3.100°N 105.667°E / 3.100; 105.667Coordinates: 3°6′N 105°40′E / 3.100°N 105.667°E / 3.100; 105.667
CountryIndonesia
ProvinceRiau Islands
Regency seatTarempa
Government
 • RegentAbdul Haris
 • Vice RegentWan Zuhendra
Area
 • Total590.14 km2 (227.85 sq mi)
Population
 (2020 Census)[1]
 • Total47,402
 • Density80/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+7 (Indonesia Western Time)
Postcodes
297xx
Area code(+62) 773
Websiteanambaskab.go.id

IslandsEdit

Main islandsEdit

The principal islands are Siantan (on which is situated the main town of Tarempa), Matak, Mubur, Jemaja and Kiabu (Air Bini).

Matak islandEdit

The Anambas archipelago contains a large reserve of natural gas that is exported to countries such as Singapore and Malaysia. The island of Matak is the main base for oil exploration.

Pulau BawahEdit

Pulau Bawah, formerly known as Leeward island, is a clustered archipelago of six islands with an exclusive resort accessed by the seaplane. It is located about 150 nautical miles northeast of Singapore and Batam, is a cluster of islets that collectively surround three lagoons, each of which suitable for snorkelling, scubadiving and coral beach activities.[4] CNN rates the Anambas Islands are one of Southeast Asia's most spectacular coastal spots, with good snorkelling and diving spots, and Pulau Bawah in particular has good tourism potential.[5]


Whilst the majority of the population generates their income from fishing and fishing-related industries, tourism has been gaining traction. Hostel and hotel rooms are available in Jemaja and Tarempa, along with some homestay locations.

DivingEdit

The shipwrecked vessels Seven Skies and Igara attract a variety of indigenous marine life and offer diving opportunities.[6]

Administrative districtsEdit

At the 2010 Census, the Regency was divided into seven districts (kecamatan), but three additional districts have subsequently been created by splitting of two of the existing districts - Jemaja Barat from Jemaja District, and Siantan Utara and Kute Siantan from Palmatak District. The ten districts are tabulated below with their areas and their populations at the 2010 Census[7] and the 2020 Census.[8] The table also includes the location of the district administrative centres, the number of villages (rural desa and urban kelurahan) in each district, and its post code.

Name English
name
Area
in
km2
Pop'n
2010
Census
Pop'n
2020
Census
Admin
centre
No. of
Villages
Post
Code
Jemaja 72.83 5,621 5,894 Letung 7 29792
Jemaja Barat (West Jemaja) (a) (a) 1,051 Impol 3 29792
Jemaja Timur (East Jemaja) 143.46 2,028 2,597 Ulu Maras 4 29793
Siantan Selatan (South Siantan) 107.40 3,177 3,829 Air Bini 7 29790
Siantan 42.25 9,920 13,108 Tarempa 8 29791
Siantan Timur (East Siantan) 82.75 3,290 4,296 Nyamuk 6 29794
Siantan Tengah (b) (Central Siantan) 20.59 2,755 3,352 Air Asuk 6 29795
Palmatak (c) 120.86 10,620 7,404 Tebang 7 29796
Siantan Utara (d) (North Siantan) (e) (e) 1,955 Mubur 3 29796
Kute Siantan (e) (e) 3,916 Payalaman 5 29796
Totals 590.14 37,411 47,402 Tarempa 56 29796

Notes: (a) the area and 2010 population of the new Jemaja Barat District are included in the figures for Jemaja District, from which it was cut out. (b) notwithstanding the district name, this is situated on Matak Island, of which it comprises the southern part. (c) comprises most of Matak Island, plus nearly small islands. (d) notwithstanding the district name, this is situated on Mubur Island. (e) the areas and 2010 populations of the new Siantan Utara District and Kute Siantan District are included in the figures for Palmatak District, from which they were cut out.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2021.
  2. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  3. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2021.
  4. ^ Island cruises
  5. ^ Pulau Bawah
  6. ^ Macguire, Eoghan (17 April 2012). "Asia's top five tropical island paradises". CNN. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  7. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  8. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2021.

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