The great thing (one of the many) about travelling on your own boat is that you can get access to the least visited and most remote areas of this glorious blue planet. The Anambas archipelago, in the South China Sea between Borneo and mainland Malaysia, is one of those places.
We came here in 2017 (some of you may remember) and we’re thrilled to be going back again on our eastbound trip towards Japan. We wonder how much it has changed?
At Pedang Malang beach on Jemaja, one of our all-time favourite anchorages, we dropped the hook. It’s not necessarily the most remote island in the group (the airport is now finished since we were last there) but it’s still beautiful and bathes the visitor in a warm local welcome.
The two mile white beach stretches towards uninterrupted views of distant rain forests. Hills shimmer on the horizon. There are no hotels or resorts here.
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We stayed for days, enjoying the snorkelling and taking the oldest scooters in the world through the island’s interior. We were reluctant to leave because we needed to check in at Tarempa, the capital of these islands. Eventually, as we waved goodbye, we weighed anchor in 6m of water on firm sand.
But Esper’s engine temperature began to soar almost immediately, so we turned it off and re-anchored, sharpish. Now what?
What would you do in this situation?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Thanks for joining our adventure.
Peace and fair winds
Liz, Jamie and Millie ❤️
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