Free Guide To Read Before Exploring Belitung
Belitung is part of the Bangka-Belitung island province in Western Part of Indonesia archipelago, it is one hour flight from Jakarta. Belitung offers small secluded islands for exploration, white sand beaches with views that are like no other.
Belitung has a collection of smaller islands to visit which can be done with a 1-day island hopping trip. Belitung can be an ideal weekend getaway to relax and cleanse both your mind and soul.
If you are looking for ideas to go to Belitung island, then you need to read our guide to Belitung island below, it will be helpful for you.
The most effective way to go to Belitung is to take a flight to Tanjung Pandan, with 1 hour of Flight Duration from Jakarta. International and domestic flights need to transit to Jakarta to get to Belitung, there are regular flights from Jakarta to Tanjung Pandan like AirAsia, Sriwijaya Air, and Garuda Indonesia.
Getting Around :
Public transportation on this island is limited, you can either rent a car or a bike to explore attractions offered on the Island. Some of small islands are only accessible via boat, and you may need to rent a boat for Island hoping.
The Island hopping trip will visit a number of star attractions of Belitung Island like Lengkuas Island, Burung Garuda Island, Pasir Timbul Island, and Batu Berlayar Island. There are a few snorkeling spots to visit during the Island hoping.
Boats to those small islands can be found on Tanjung kelayang Beach. One day trip with a private boat can cost IDR $350,000 to IDR $500,000 (USD $26.60 – USD $38) and Solo travelers can join with others to get a cheaper rate.
Below are some attractions explored during the island hoping :
1. Pulau Batu Garuda
It seems almost impossible that every single random island in this area would have something special, but here we are with Pulau Batu Garuda.
Other than the standard fare of gorgeous snorkeling opportunities, this island is, once again, known for a fortuitous formation of granite rocks. Rocks again? We can already see your sian (Singlish, or Singapore English for “bored”) face.
Don’t worry, this site won’t disappoint. Take a relaxing boat ride around the island, and you’ll see a few rocks that look strangely like a gigantic stone eagle that’s taking a rest on the sea.
This majestic sight has made Batu Garuda one of the must-go photo sites for tourists – isn’t Mother Nature just so cool?
Getting there: Only Accesible via Boat, it takes a 10-minute boat ride from Tanjung Kelayang beach
2. Lengkuas Island
Lengkuas Island is located in the waters of Belitung sea, about 30 minutes away by boat from Tanjung Kelayang. The main star attraction of this island is old 8-storey lighthouse built by Dutch colonial in 1882 and still actively serving for marine navigation. The beach itself offers white sand and giant granite rocks, very good for those who like to take photos.
Getting there: Only accessible via Boat, it takes a 30-minute boat ride from Tanjung Kelayang beach.
3. Pulau Batu Berlayar
This is one of the islands you need to visit during your Island hopping tour in Belitung island. This tiny island not far from Tanjung Kelayang Beach, it is well known as Batu Berlayar ("Sailing Rock") due to the unique shape of the stone formation that looks like a ship that is sailing. Despite small, it offers a lot of photo opportunities.
Getting there: Only accessible via Boat, it takes a 20-minute boat ride from Tanjung Kelayang beach
4. Pulau Pasir
This is not actually an island, it is so small less than one hectare and made of nothing but sand. It will disappear at high tide and reappear at low tide in the morning or in the afternoon. Many starfishes can also be found on this island during the low tide, they might be washed up along with the receding tide.
Getting there: The trip will take around 15 – 20 minutes from Tanjung Kelayang.
The following attractions are in the new section, not part of the Belitung Island Hoping.
5. Kaolin Lake
There is a pure white world not far from Tanjung Pandan called Danau Kaolin or Kaolin Lake. It is actually not a natural lake, it was previously kaolin mine with clear blue waters of the lake form a soothing contrast with white surroundings.
6. Museum Andra Hirata
Belitung has a popular museum for the memorabilia of the Belitung native writer Andrea Hirata. This museum was built to inspire people to achieve their dreams just like the main character in his book "The Rainbow Troops" had.
The museum looks colorful and vibrant and was filled with exhibitions about Belitung’s geology, history, literary art, and even stories about his book.
7. Tanjung Tinggi
Tanjung Tinggi Beach is located in the northwest, around a 1-hour drive from Belitung Capital. The beach offers a bunch of huge rocks (granite) on the seaside providing us a good place for witnessing the sunset. The place is beautiful with crystal clear water, white sand, and calm waves.
- August 14, 2020