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Karimun Besar (E Sumatra)

Karimun Besar (E Sumatra)

Characteristics

Description

Karimun Besar is a small island in the Riau Islands. It lies west of Batam and to the southwest of Singapore and is the furthest west of the Riau Islands.

Karimun Besar or Great Karimun, is mountainous at its N end, the principal peaks being Betina, 416m high standing 1.75 miles SW of the N extremity, and Djantan, 453m high, about 1.25 miles S of Betina.

The S end of the island, except near Tanjung Balai, consists of low, swampy ground.
The surrounding islets are rocky and thickly overgrown.

On the E side of Great Karimun, a bay is formed between Tanjung Bula Kasap, the NE point of the island, and Tanjung Sebatak, about 5 miles SSE. This bay is fouled by a shallow mud bank which extends about 1 mile offshore, out to the line of its entrance points.

Its main town, Tanjung Balai is a bustling port town with a lot of commerce, boosted by tourists from Singapore and Malaysia, however, it must not be confused with Tanjung Balai in North Sumatra province, a much larger city also known as Tanjung Balai Asahan and an international port. However, like Batam and Bintan, Karimun is also listed as a Free Trade Zone area.

31/01/2012
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Pulau Karimun Kecil (E Sumatra)

Karimun Kecil or Little Karimun, separated from the NE side of Great Karimun by a deep channel about 0.5 mile wide, is a bold island, 377m high.
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Pulau Assan and Mudu (E Sumatra)

Assan and Mudu, rocky and thickly-overgrown islands, 83 and 65m high, respectively, lie about 1.2 miles off the NW side of Great Karimun. Sajuda, an above-water rock, lies 0.5 mile N of Assan and Seal Rock lies about 0.5 mile NE of Sajuda.
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Pulau Tambelas (E Sumatra)

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Pongkar beach (E Karimun Besar) (E Sumatra)

Pongkar beach is a long beach with an area of approximately 100 hectares, with pine trees scattered around the beach area. During the Southwest Monsoon good anchorage can be taken off the E side of Great Karimun, to the SE of Little Karimun, over a bottom of stiff gray mud with ...
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Pulau Lyu Besar and Lyu Kecil (E Sumatra)

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Pulau Babi (E Sumatra)

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Pulau Kenipaan (Kempaan) (E Sumatra)

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Pulau Nipah (E Sumatra)

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Selat Gelam (Riau-E Sumatra)

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Local Area

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The Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world's oceanic divisions, covering about 20% of the Earth's water surface. It is bounded on the north by Asia (including the Indian subcontinent, after which it is named); on the west by Africa; on the east by Indochina, the Sunda Islands, ...
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