Are you ready for exploring Belitung Island? Strolling on each beach, island hopping tour, and what else? Here are some ideas you can do during your vacation in Belitung.
Island Hopping, from Tanjung Kelayang – Lengkuas Island – Burung Island – Batu Berlayar Island
Island hopping is arguably the most popular activity in Belitung. It takes you a journey to explore the Belitung’s islets.
Most of island hopping tours start at Tanjung Kelayang Beach, Tanjung Binga, or Tanjung Tinggi, then they jump into boat heading to Lengkuas Island.
When I visited Lengkuas Island, it took about 30 minutes to get there from Tanjung Kelayang Beach. Along the journey, you’ll see the blue waters and coast view of small its islands.
Getting close to Lengkuas Island, you’ll hypnotize with its fascinating old white lighthouse. It has been built by the Dutch colonial era in 1882. Fortunately, it still works and well maintains its main function in guiding ship sailing.
When the boat is tied up and your bare feet steep up, you can feel its white sand between your toes. You can also lay down on its sand and feel the ambiance. Besides, you can also enjoy snorkeling or diving on its crystal water, or going up the top of the old white lighthouse to see the 360-degree view. Take your precious time and enjoy all the indulgence.
The charming granite stones view can’t take your eyes off it. Walking around the beach will be the main activity. But, be careful, there are some sharp coral and mussels on the beach. So, you have to keep an eye on your step.
Yea, you can also take your google to see the school of clown fish and others. Then, bring your great camera to take some pictures on its beautiful spot.
Batu Klayar Island
Like another Belitung’s beach, Batu Klayar Island also has giant granite stones on its shore. Typical Belitung view, though. Those huge stones are the main attraction here. Some people love to take pictures there because of its iconic stone. So, if you get it here, prepare your best pose and outfit!
Chilling out on each picturesque beach such as Tanjung Tinggi – Tanjung Kelayang – Tanjung Pandan
Have you ever heard about Tanjung Tinggi Beach? This beach is the most renowned among them all. Its giant granite rock is so picturesque. Besides, this Laskar Pelangi movie and Nidji movie clip (Indonesia band music-red) scene have already got every people heart.
If you wanna visit those beaches, Tanjung Pandan Beach should be the last destination. It’s because Tanjung Pandan Beach is located near the center of town. So, you can spend your night thereby chilling out at the bar or cafe. Enjoy the live music, its delicious local cuisine, and having a talk with a cup of Belitung coffee.
Don’t ever miss the taste of a cup of Kong Dji Coffee
Finding a coffee shop in Belitung is a piece of cake. Some people said, Belitung especially Manggar District, is a house of the coffee shop. There are many coffee shops here. But, the most popular is Kong Djie Coffee.
I am not a coffee expert, but I just love drinking a cup of Kong Djie Coffee. If I am not mistaken, it’s Arabica varieties which has pleasant flavor, high acidity, and softer taste.
Besides, you can also get snacking there. Local Belitung snack like otak-otak, doughnut, fried banana can bring your memory. But, don’t get the wrong place, here is the right Kong Djie Coffee
Get ready to visit Laskar Pelangi movie set
Laskar Pelangi movie (The Rainbow Troops-red) is an Indonesian movie published in 2008. This movie adapted from a popular novel, Laskar Pelangi written by Andrea Hirata.
As cited from Wikipedia, “the movie follows a group of 10 school children and their two inspirational teachers as they struggle with poverty and develop hopes for the future in Gantong Village on the farming and tin mining island of Belitung off the east coast of Sumatra. The film is one of the highest grossing in Indonesian box office history and won a number of local and international awards.”
So, if you are interested or even have already watched the movie, then you may love to visit SD Muhammadiyah Gantong (Muhammadiyah Gantong Elementary School-red) where the movie scene was taken.
If literacy is your kinda thing, you can jump to Museum Kata Andrea Hirata (Andrea Hirata Words Museum-red) which located near to SD Muhammadiyah Gantong.