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If you're looking to visit Pulau Kuku, then this page will tell you the most streamlined way to get there.

Ok, your first objective is to make your way to Anambas. Once you've arrived in the archipelago, getting to Pulau Kuku is relatively easy.

That said, keep in mind that Anambas is a young, fast-developing territory; infrastructure is not yet up to par, as compared to surrounding countries. The same can be said for Indonesia as a whole actually.

Basically, whilst things are improving swiftly, regionally as well as nationally, it's still a good idea to expect some logistics hiccups along the way. It's part and parcel of life in fast-changing Indonesia.

Besides, with all the beautiful natural wealth on offer, the breathtaking vistas and the awesome panoramas, whenever you travel in Indonesia, "getting there" is half the fun.

Anambas aircraft disembarking
Anambas aircraft disembarking

The Anambas airport is in Letung and you can fly to Letung from Batam, located just off Singapore, or from Jakarta. This flight operates Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. (If you're departing from Jakarta, just replace Batam.)

Ticket cost should be around 1,500,000 Indonesian Rupiah for a one-way ticket or 3,000,000 Rupiah for a roundtrip, although it can be higher during peak season spells.

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From Bintan/Batam, catch a flight to Letung or Matak, respectively. Since Pulau Kuku lies just off Jemaja, Letung, Jemaja's main kampong, makes more sense if you're intending to make a beeline for your trip's destination.

If, however you'd like to sightsee Anambas before visiting Pulau Kuku, then Matak is a better option, as it's close to Tarempa.

Tarempa (Siantan) vs. Letung (Jemaja)

By the way, there's a shuttle service from Tarempa to Jemaja. In fact, in terms of transport options especially, arriving in Matak/Tarempa pips Letung/Jemajah. Why? Tarempa isn't only more populated, but it also seems to have taken the role of capital of Anambas.

In view of this, it stands to reason that pretty much all goods and services are more available in Tarempa than on Jemaja. Something to keep in mind if you're on a tight schedule and/or prefer some convenience.

Alright, ultimately, to get around within Anambas, you need to take a water taxi. Small "sampans" are available for this purpose. These are one of two kinds: either a "pompong" or a speedboat. Pompongs are more traditional, and more languorous, timber-built vessels, whereas the local fibreglass-made speedboats are more nimble.

Pompong vs. speedboat

Incidentally, the price for speedboats tends to be higher, because their outboard engines run on on petrol, as opposed to the diesel-operated inboard-engine pompongs.

Pompong on the move... slowly...
Pompong on the move... slowly...

Also, it's good to know that your average pompong isn't only slow and somewhat unwieldy, it's quite noisy and rather smokey too. Altogether not the best option for the seasickness-inclined in particular.


Lastly, speaking of seasickness, whilst there is a ferry to Anambas, it's not really a viable choice for overseas travelers, given that it's quite an old vessel, is susceptible to weather and can take up to 10 hours or more to complete the crossing. Still, for the budget-conscious, ferry ticket inquiries can be made here.

Hopefully, the information above is helpful. Should you have any questions or inquiries, by all means let us know below.

Anambas speedboat taking a breather
Anambas speedboat taking a breather

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