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A Guide to the 6 Islands of Bawah Reserve

You may think that Bawah Reserve is simply one island but the Reserve is made up of six private islands with over 100 hectares of lush forests, an extensive marine conservation area protecting the lagoons and surrounding ocean and the stunning resort for which it is named.

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Each of the Reserves’ islands have their own personality, unique terrain and natural beauty so we decided to create a simple guide to help you get to know a bit more about each of these six islands from our beautiful mini archipelago.

 


1) Bawah

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Translation:

Bawah means “below” in Bahasa – and refers to the geographical location of these six islands, being the most southern islands in the Anambas province.

Size:

At 66 hectares Pulau (island in Bahasa) Bawah is the largest island in our collection. It features 36 accommodation options lining the length of the south side of the island overlooking the seaplane lagoon and the boat lagoon.

Terrain:

Hilly, peaking at 150 meters and covered in lush forest offering six amazing hiking trails each with spectacular views over the South China sea.

Beaches:

Coco Beach

Five of the Reserves’ 13 beaches are located on Bawah. Coconut beach on the north side of the island is tropical beach perfection and ideal for a private picnic.

Amenities:

As the main island in the resort, most of the amenities can be found here: Two restaurants – Treetops and Boat House, Two bars – Grouper Bar and Jules Verne, Infinity pool, Activities centre, Aura spa, Aura Wellbeing - gym and yoga deck, Belajar learning pavilion, Six Islands Trading Post retail shop, Permaculture gardens, Staff accommodation, Tennis/Croquet lawn and 5 Hiking trails


2) Elang

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Translation:

Meaning Eagle in Bahasa and referring to the beautiful white bellied Sea Eagle that nests there every year.

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Size:

Six hectares of cliffside terrain

Terrain:

Cliffs and rocks make up the most part of Elang creating the most perfect views across the sea. The island is distinctive as it has a unique collection of trees covering different areas of the island.

Beaches:

One of the 13 beaches in Bawah can be found on Elang and it extends
along one side of the island.

Amenities:

Elang pool slide

Soon to open as a complete exclusive private island experience Elang has six cliffside lodges offering personal butler service. Clubhouse with bar and dining room, Beach House restaurant, Kayu spa, Salt water infinity pool with slide, Staff accommodation, Tennis/Croquet lawn.


3) Muerba

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Translation:

Muerba is a local Anambas name for a species of edible snails (laevistombus Canarium). We often find many of the beautiful white conical shells from these snails on the beach here and hence the name.

Size:

One hectare

Terrain:

Flat forest with one main narrow beach stretching around the island. Whilst the west side of the island faces into the lagoon, the east side faces out to open sea.

Beaches:

Muerba has one beach that changes in size with the season.

Amenities:

Fancy a private dinner on your own private island, Muerba is where this can happen in a private bale hidden in the trees or out on the beach. At low tide during certain times of the year, enjoy walking across the natural sandbar to Muerba from Bawah opposite the Boat House restaurant. Take a pit stop in the hammock half way across.

 


4) Sanggah

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Translation:

Bahasa for “prop”, the local people named the island Sanggah because of its strong monolithic presence, protecting Bawah from Southerly winds. Without Sanggah we may not have the placid lagoons that exist now.

Size:

28 Hectares.

Terrain:

Very steep rock terrain with a peak at 120 meters

Beaches:

Four private beaches –the largest of which is Turtle beach. Depending on the time of year you visit, you may even spot some nesting turtles.

Amenities:

Enjoy a private picnic or a Spa Explorer experience in our bale on turtle point and walk through to turtle beach. Sanggah also features a more challenging hiking trail if you are ready for a work out.


5) Lidi

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Translation:

The local Anambas name for a tiny snake called Liopeltis, tricolor is Ular Lidi. Non venomous and full adult size is only 56cm. As our small, skinny little island, the name seemed appropriate.

Size:

One Hectare

Terrain:

Rocky terrain in the middle and mangroves along the edges. The island is long and thin.

Amenities:

One beach and an amazing shallow sand lagoon often full of stingrays.


6) Tokong

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Translation:

Actually means rock in local Anambas dialect. Tokong is exactly that, a massive, solid standing rock.

Size:

One hectare

Terrain:

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Steep rock face with a peak at 95 meters and mangroves

Beaches:

One small beach often hidden by the high tide.

Amenities:

Spa Explorer, a spectacular private spa escape, is available overlooking Batu Tokong in a bale on the ocean.

 

 

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We consider Bawah Reserve a slice of paradise and hope you will come and
explore our islands for yourself.

If you would like to visit Bawah
Reserve please make you enquiry here: 

 

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