Abang Island

 

Beautiful underwater gardens featuring fascinating coral reefs decorated with various shapes, sizes, and colors of many sea creatures, that is the view that awaits snorkelers and divers under the crystal clear waters of Abang Island, south of Batam in the Riau Islands Province. Abang Island is surrounded by many other small islands, most of which are conservation areas for coral reefs, while the main island of Abang only measures around 10 square kilometers. With relatively shallow waters –around 15 to 18 meters deep- this fascinating underwater wonder is a perfect spot for both diving and snorkeling. Its beauty is often compared to that of the waters around Komodo Island National Park, Bunaken and Raja ampat, since COREMAP (Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Programs) itself  has also designated the area as site for a special underwater coral reef observation center

Above the surface, the landscape of Abang Island is still pristine with hills dominated by granite rocks. Most of the shores are still decorated with beautiful mangrove forests. There are three locations that you must visit when you make a trip to Abang Island, they are Abang Island (Pulau Abang besar), Ranuh Island, and Pengalap Island. To reach these spots you can take fast boats from Galang Baru Island. The main activities here are obviously diving and snorkeling. Feast your eyes on the beauty of a world that lies beyond the surface with all the colorful sea creatures and some of the rarest coral reefs. There are 9 dive sites in the area, and all of them are relatively safe since aside from being surrounded by small islands they also do not directly face the open ocean. Besides diving and snorkeling, there are also several spots which are favorites among fishing.bang Island is located south from Batam or about 50 Km from Muka-Kuning, Batam Island. To reach the island, it takes approximately 1.5 hours drive from Batam to the Barelang Bridge. From there, the journey continues by boat along the River Burdus until you reach Abang Island which is about 12 Km away using motorized boats, which the locals call Bot Pompong

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