The Anambas Islands are composed of 238 islands located just 150 nautical miles from Singapore - a hidden world in the midst of the bustling South China Sea. It is thought that these islands were once part of a larger continent called Sundaland, an ancient land of Asia that became submerged about 8,000 years ago when the ocean water rose at the end of the last ice age. Once fertile valleys and lowlands became submerged, and forests became reefs, lagoons and a rolling continental shelf.
During these years, as the ocean claimed the continent, people were forced to flee in all directions, thus the islands and its people became trading ports and sea faring people. These were “sea people” of ancient times: people that traveled the sea bringing their language, crops such as rice, their dogs and other animals, and know-how that has influenced the world as we know it today.