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Pulau Bawah, Asia's last hidden paradise

Whilst Pulau Bawah is Bahasa Indonesia for Nether Island, it's actually a small cluster of five distinct islets. The "Nether" part of the name is derived from the fact that Pulau Bawah is located at the very southern fringes of the Anambas Archipelago. In fact, Pulau Bawah is just over 150 miles northeast of Singapore.

The main island, Pulau Bawah itself, has a total surface area of 66 hectares and is surrounded by four smaller islets, Pulau Muba, Pulau Sangga, Pulau Elang and Pulau Lidi. Including a number of nondescript rocks jutting out of the water, all these little siblings combined total another 101 hectares of terrain.

Apart from a resort that's currently under construction, Pulau Bawah is uninhabited. The nearest populated land is Pulau Airabu, about 30 km away.

Pulau Bawah comprises three lagoons, each of which providing a habitat for extensive coral gardens and a unique variety of marine flora and fauna. The lagoons aren't only excellent for scubadiving and snorkeling, but the second-largest lagoon in particular also offers a sheltered deep-water anchorage for fishing boats from Anambas and for visiting pleasure boats from around the region.

Pulau Bawah's highest point is a lush 150 meter tall hill top. The hill itself consists of coconut and palm trees, which gradually make way to a dense jungle canopy near the hill's upper section. The hill also provides spectacular vistas of the Pulau Bawah scenery.

How can any place this beautiful still be so unknown?

Pulau Bawah, Asia's last hidden paradise

Pulau Bawah
Pulau Bawah