The Lingga Archipelago is one of the least visited areas of Indonesia and almost zero English will be spoken. Transportation is non-existant and the locals are a mix of Malay, Bugis and Hakka Chinese. There are ferry services to Batam and Pinang from the main town of Diak, but land based transportation is virtually non-existant.

linggaThe marine environment is quite healthy. With a low population density and no tourism, Lingga’s remoteness has allowed some coral gardens to flourish. Water clarity is often poor however and visibility can be horrible. On clear days it’s definitely worth it to take a look around.

Coastlines and islands are mostly low alluvial flats. Gunung Daik with its unique three peaked profile stands in the West of Lingga Island.

Given its proximity to the Equator, winds around Lingga are often very light.

Kongka Besar Anchorage

Kongka Besar Anchorage

During the SE/SW monsoon season winds tend to be S at around 5-10 knots. During the NW/NE monsoon season winds are almost always from the N with occasion NE storms blowing down out of the South China Sea. Rain squalls and thunderstorms are frequent year around.

The currents through the equatorial belt are light and follow the monsoon season winds. That is to say, during the NW/NE monsoon the current sets S and during the SE/SW monsoon season the current sets N. The NW/NE monsoonal current is greater than the SE/SW monsoonal current and rates exceeding 1 knot are rare.

With anchorages on both sides of the Equator the Lingga Archipelago is no stranger to impromptu ‘equator parties.’